Programs & Policies

The Environmental Health & Safety programs outlined below are structured to comply with local, state and federal law and provide the campus community with a safe environment to live, work and learn. Program-related forms are available on our forms directory. We also offer additional information and forms on insurance.

Biological & Radiation Safety

Towson's campus is home to a Health Center and a variety of science research programs. Our biological and radiation safety programs help to minimize risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, biological spills, animals in university buildings, special medical waste and occupational health.


CPR and automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) are crucial life support tools in emergency situations. The College of Health Professions and Campus Recreation offer CPR training to the campus community. You can also access maps and information on our more than 30 campus AED locations. Anyone on campus can use AEDs in an emergency situation—no  advance training necessary.

Chemical Safety

From electronics and battery recycling programs to chemical spill and hazardous waste management procedures, we provide information on chemical and compound-related safety.


Towson University currently allows drone flights on campus for academic and business-related purposes only.  All recreational drone and model aircraft flights on or above university property are strictly prohibited.

To ensure safety and adherence to federal regulations, all flights on campus must be reviewed and approved by the Drone Committee at least seven business days in advance of the proposed flight date. For approval, please complete the Drone Application and provide supporting documents to

Drugs & Alcohol

Employees whose job position requires a commercial driver's license (CDL) must adhere to specific CDL drug and alcohol testing (PDF). Our Environmental Health & Safety and Human Resources offices have designated employer representatives to assist in CDL drug and alcohol program compliance. Our employees must also comply with federal regulations and testing procedures on controlled substances and alcohol use, transportation drug and alcohol testing programs, and medical marijuana use. Employees using a CDL for Towson University must submit a verification form acknowledging their completion of CDL drug and alcohol training.

Environmental & Fire Safety

Our environmental and fire safety programs concern all hazards related to the workplace, including lead paint, drinking water, fire safety and spill prevention.

Employee Safety Program

Employee safety programs are designed to minimize injuries and hazardous material exposure among campus employees.

Occupational Safety

Our occupational safety programs cover a myriad of issues that affect workplace safety including equipment safety, ergonomics, fall protection, hearing conservation, respiratory protection and much more.

Smoke-Free Policy

Towson University’s smoke-free policy prohibits all forms of smoking, including electronic cigarettes, in all campus buildings and on all exterior grounds owned or operated by TU. This includes all open spaces, parking lots and garages, on-campus sidewalks, streets, driveways, stadiums, recreational spaces and practice facilities, and in all university-owned or leased vehicles. The policy has been in effect since August 1, 2010. Faculty, staff and students who violate the policy are subject to a fine and disciplinary action through the Office of Human Resources or the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices. Visitors who violate the policy may be escorted off-campus.