Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health & Safety provides oversight in the area of worker safety and health; manages the university's local, state, and federal responsibilities for safety and health compliance, and reporting requirements (OSHA); manages the university's local, state, and federal responsibilities for environmental compliance, reporting, and permitting (EPA & DEQ); and is responsible for fire safety.

Paul Burns, Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Paul Burns

Paul has 30 years of experience in the Safety and Health field including the areas of construction, general industry, and electrical power distribution. He is responsible for issues related to the university's Occupational Safety and Health, Environmental Compliance, and Fire protection. He has been with Washington and Lee for 10 years; is chairman of the University Safety Committee, and also serves on the University Emergency Management Team. Paul graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor's degree in Fire Administration and Technology. Paul has a Masters of Divinity degree and a Master of Arts in Christian Education and is the minister for Johnson Creek Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Covington, VA. He retired from the Army as a chaplain with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Contact Paul: pburns@wlu.edu