Environmental Health and Safety provides many resources to the University of Florida community. Each link on the left takes you to Program information that includes policies, guidelines/procedures, highlighted topics and contacts.
ADA Compliance Office: Ken Osfield
The University of Florida, under the guidelines of ADA and 504 federal legislation, is required to make reasonable accommodations to the known physical and mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.
Biological Safety: Karen Gillis
The UF Biosafety Program provides guidance on the appropriate containment principles, technologies, and practices needed to prevent accidental exposures or releases involving human, animal, or plant disease agents, recombinant DNA, biologically-derived toxins, or other biohazards.
Building Codes: Dave Kramer
The Building Codes Enforcement Program is administered through review of plans and specifications and on-site construction inspections as required to insure compliance with State Of Florida codes and standards.
Chemical and Radioactive Waste Disposal: Bill Coughlin
To provide campus laboratories and support services with a safe, EPA and NRC approved method for managing, removing and disposing of chemical and radioactive wastes.
Diving Science and Safety: Cheryl Thacker
The DSSP exists to ensure that all officially sanctioned diving at the University of Florida is conducted in a safe manner, thereby facilitating the research and educational functions of the University.
Emergency Management: Kenneth Allen
The Emergency Management Program is responsible for coordinating a comprehensive, all-hazards approach through all cycles of an emergency – preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.
Fire Safety: Dave Kramer
The University of Florida Fire Safety program provides assistance and guidance to faculty, staff, students, researchers and guests in university facilities for all fire safety matters. The office provides interpretations of fire safety regulations and assists with compliance with these requirements.
Hazard Reduction & Ergonomics: Todd Morrone
The areas of Hazard Reduction and Ergonomics focus on reducing risk factors in the University work environment as well as on the general campus. Specifically, principles of safety, ergonomics, and risk factor mitigation are recommended and applied to promote a safe and healthy workplace and campus environment.
Industrial hygiene is the science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, prevention and control of those environmental factors or stresses present in the workplace that have the potential to adversely affect the health and well-being of workers and other members of the University community.
Insurance: Lori Hales
The UF Office of Risk Management is the liaison for issues related to insurance with the State of Florida Department of Insurance and the Department of Management Services.
Laboratory Safety: Mark Yanchisin
The Lab Safety Program is responsible for safety and environmental compliance within research and teaching labs throughout UF facilities. Our focus is to provide proactive direction for labs with safety issues and to facilitate compliance.
Occupational Medicine: Grace Dixon
The University of Florida’s Occupational Medicine (OCCMED) Program establishes procedures that govern safety and health precautions related to occupational exposure.
The role of the Occupational Safety section is to establish policies, practices and procedures that, when followed, reduce the risk to University of Florida employees of injury while performing their job duties.
Pest Management: Ken Glover
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach is embraced by UF EH&S Pest Management. IPM, simply defined, is “common sense” techniques employed in a systematic fashion to prevent or minimize entry, introduction and survival of indoor and structural pests, which include insects, rodents and nuisance wildlife.
Radiation Control: Don Munroe
The Radiation Control Office assists the University community by providing consultations, evaluations, and inspections which reduce or eliminate conditions which may lead to injury or loss of University resources.
Environmental Health and Safety is charged with managing a number of Risk Management activities intended to mitigate the risk of loss to the university community through hazard identification, risk assessment, proper insurance coverage and proactive risk management activities. The range of responsibilities also includes coordination of the university occupation medicine program, the development of education support materials and is responsible for the university-wide disaster management programs.