EHS is responsible for managing programs that minimize GSU community health and environmental impacts of activities conducted at Governors State University including, but not limited to, asbestos abatement, hazardous waste management, chemical spill response, indoor air quality, and water quality.  Implementing these programs is crucial for safeguarding the well-being of students, faculty and staff, as it ensures a healthy campus environment.

By proactively managing risks associated with laboratories, research facilities, and campus operations, we can prevent accidents, reduce liabilities, and adhere to regulatory standards. Additionally these programs will contribute to the institution's reputation by demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship.

Staff Directory

Carolyn Johnson, ASP

Director of Environmental Health And Safety
Email: cjohnson33@govst.edu 

Donna Gill

Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator
Email: dgill3@govst.edu

Contact Us

Office: (708) 235-6823
Fax: (708)-534-4549
Email: EHS@govst.edu

Office Location


Maintenance of Egress

Maintenance of Egress is a path of travel from any point in the building to a public way, which is considered a safe point during a building evacuation. This includes all hallways and staircases on the path to the public way.


It is the intent of the university to provide safe travel for persons of all abilities within campus buildings that are free and clear of obstructions that could impede egress travel. Obstructions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Furniture
  • Decorations
  • Temporary Walls
  • Bicycles
  • Equipment

Or any other items that could affect a person’s ability to escape the building. For questions or concerns involving any such obstructions, building occupants should contact Environmental Health and Safety at (708) 235-6823.

*Note: There are multiple points of egress throughout the buildings on campus, explore the ways to exit the building(s). In the event of a new obstruction caused by the emergency, occupants should be prepared to adapt and exit by other means.

*Note: Elevators are not considered a safe means of egress during a fire. If possible, the stairs should always be considered as the first option.


RAVE Emergency Messaging System (EMS) is used to notify the GSU community of an emergency or critical issue on campus. Rave EMS is designed for Higher Ed Institutions, notifying the GSU community of emergency drills, severe weather, power outages and other events. Rave EMS will either send an email, voice or text message or any combination of the 3 types. There is no need to opt-in, if you are an active employee or current student, Rave will notify you of the emergency or critical issue. Messages are sent in a matter of seconds through multiple modes of communication.

We do ask that your current information is in our SIS(Colleague) system. For current students, contact the Registrar’s office to update your contact information and if you are a current employee, contact the HR office to update your contact information.

Rave Mobile Safety

Pesticide Safety

Pesticides- Includes substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or mitigating any peat, or intended for use as a plant regulator, defoliant, or desiccant. Disposal of pesticides requires a Waste Disposal Request Form to be submitted to EHS: Hazardous Waste Pickup Request Form.

Report an EHS concern