Environmental, Travel and Interpersonal Hazards


There are a number of hazards that are considered environmental hazards. They include, but are not limited to the following: physical, biological, chemical, and conditions that arise in emergency situations. The summaries below provide examples of each. If any such conditions arise, address your concern first with your Supervisor, if possible, or contact your career advisor immediately. Review company policies on what to do in the event of an incident.

Examples of “physical hazards” include:

  1. Working outdoors – extreme weather conditions, pollution, power lines, pipelines, gas leaks and
  2. Working indoors – machinery, unsuitable working conditions (for example, asbestos, insecure buildings with potential structural concerns, closed off or blocked fire escapes).

Examples of “biological hazards” include:

  1. Animals you work with
  2. Poisonous plants
  3. Infected birds or fish

Examples of “chemical hazards” include:

  1. Chemicals in a laboratory setting (protect your eyes, open sores, and avoid inhalation)
  2. Water supply
  3. Toner powders from printer or photocopiers (eye or lung irritation)

Emergency Situations:

  1. Understand the organization’s plan for potential terror, medical or other emergencies
  2. Inform your career advisor at The Career Center if a threat is made to your organization or if you’re uncomfortable with a specific terror alert.


As an intern, you may be asked to travel while working for a company. Important issues to be aware of in connection with company travel are summarized below. Remember that this list is not inclusive. If you’re uncomfortable about any situation that arises in connection with company travel, notify your Supervisor or career advisor immediately.

  1. Take caution if parking in garages or poorly lit parking areas
  2. Avoid walking to your car alone after dark
  3. When using your car or a vehicle provided for you for organization business, understand all policies dealing with:
    • Reimbursement of funds expended out of your pocket;
    • Transporting clients;
    • Transporting sensitive or easily damaged materials and
    • Transporting potentially hazardous materials.

Interpersonal Hazards:

Interpersonal hazards or issues may be more difficult to identify (and possibly handle) than environmental or travel hazards, but are no less important. Your supervisor should be made aware immediately of any issues involving interpersonal hazards. If in doubt about how to handle a situation involving interpersonal matters, contact your career advisor immediately.


  1. Harassment of interns or other employees based upon age, gender, ethnicity, race or disability is illegal.
  2. Immediately report any harassment to your career advisor and Internship supervisor.
  3. Your CCP will discuss the situation with you. When appropriate, the employer will be contacted to discuss the situation and seek a resolution.
  4. Harassment of others by you as an intern in the workplace will result in your dismissal from the program and/or possible suspension from the University. Your behavior could also result in legal action.
  5. Please refer to the University policy on sexual harassment.

Sexual Assault:

To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of sexual assault:

  1. Refrain from a dating relationship with any member of the organization;
  2. Set limits; don’t give mixed messages;
  3. Trust your “gut feeling” about situations to avoid;
  4. Be clear and responsible in your communication with others;
  5. If necessary, be forceful, firm and assertive in your communication with others;
  6. Be aware of nonverbal cues that can alert you to a potential problem;
  7. Don’t lose control – alcohol and other drugs affect your judgment (and may be illegal) and
  8. Remove yourself from any situation at the first sign that you are feeling unsafe. Make noise to remove yourself from a possible sexual assault situation.