The Department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management is responsible for minimizing the environmental impact of activities conducted here at Minnesota State Mankato. These activities include, but are not limited to, emissions control, hazardous waste management, asbestos abatement, and chemical spill responses.


EHS & RM is tasked with ensuring the University's compliance with federal and state clean air regulations. Sources of air pollution at the University include:

  • Laboratory hoods
  • Boilers
  • Emergency generators
  • Printing operations
  • Solvent cleaners

Information on the Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act

Information from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Hazardous Waste Management

Hazardous waste is waste that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our health or the environment. Hazardous wastes can be liquids, solids, gases, or sludges. They can be discarded commercial products, like cleaning fluids or pesticides, or the by-products of manufacturing processes. To coordinate pick up and disposal of hazardous waste, contact EHS & RM.

For NON-EMERGENCY EHS & Risk Management requests

Please utilize the Minnesota State Mankato's TMA work order system
Submit a Work Order

  • The TMA system is monitored by both our Facilities Management office as well as our Physical Plant office.

Chemical Spill Responses

In the event of a chemical spill, immediately contact the director for EHS & RM at (507) 389-5568. After hours and on weekends, contact University Security at (507) 389-2111.

ALL chemical waste from laboratories are presumed to be regulated hazardous waste materials. 

Non-asbestos hazmat emergency such as a large scale (greater than 5 gallons) chemical spill

  • Call 911 and request a response from Mankato Public Safety's Chemical Assessment Team (CAT).

Hazmat emergency such as a large scale (greater than 5 gallons) chemical spill

  • Call 911
  • MPCA Duty Officer shall also be contacted IF the Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management is unavailable, call 1-800-422-0798.

Asbestos Abatement

Here is a useful link to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's webpage that discusses asbestos in demolition/renovation. The link has several fact sheets. 

For a list of products that may contain asbestos, click on the Minnesota Department of Health Website link.

Asbestos Abatement Contractors

Campus Wide

  • Chandler Holland, 507-245-3260, 507-381-1618
  • Paul Corcoran, 507-380-6462

Residence Halls

  • 507-340-4790

Safety compliance

Safety compliance refers to the state of being in accordance with established safety standards and regulation.

Hazardous Waste: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency