FAQs for Researchers

Katye Poole is the EH&S representative who will meet with you personally after your arrival at UF. Please email or call (352-392-1591) her to make an appointment. This is informal meeting will allow you to ask questions, go over your EH&S requirements, and resources and services which we provide.

Biological, Diving Science, Fire, Laboratory, and Occupational Safety, ADA Compliance, Building Codes, Chemical and Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hazard Reduction and Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene, Insurance, Occupational Medicine, Pest Management, Radiation Control, and Risk Management are all programs within EH&S. For more information go to EH&S Programs.

Training will depend on the research activity in your lab. The base training you must complete prior to starting work in your lab is Lab Safety Actions & Reactions (UF_EHS862_OLT), Hazardous Waste Training (UF_EHS809), and Chemical Hygiene Plan: PI (UF_EHS860_OLT).

Please talk to Katye during your meeting, contact someone from the program of need, or refer to Biosafety Training and Radiation Safety Training to determine other training requirements you may require.

All research with vertebrate animals must be approved prior to implementation. For more information see the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee's information for new PIs.

Yes, EH&S works with UF Purchasing and approvals occur as part of the purchasing process. Note: We may need additional information to approve the request.

Yes, you will need to do a hazard assessment and document the selection of personal protective equipment for your laboratory for each project/role in your laboratory as part of the chemical hygiene plan. You can find more information regarding the hazard assessment and PPE selection here.

Chemical Hygiene Plans (CHPs) are mandated by OSHA; therefore, PIs must complete a CHP. Information regarding what is required for a Chemical Hygiene Plan can be found here.

The UF policy and procedures regarding DEA controlled substances and Pharmaceutical Product can be found here as well as how to start the paperwork and registration process.

Contact Susan Stanford at (352)392-7359 and go here for more information on the Laser Program.
The Compressed Gas Cylinders Use and Storage guidelines can be found here.

All research with vertebrate animals must be approved prior to implementation. For more information see the Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee's information for new PIs.

You will also need to fill out a risk assessment form. The guidelines are listed below:

  • Complete the Initial Risk Assessment form prior to initial work.
  • Complete the Renewal Risk Assessment form at least every three years.
  • List all the animal exposure routes on the form.
  • If the already approved animals are not indicated on the renewal form, it will be seen as a deletion of these species.

Scientific diving is diving performed solely as a necessary part of a scientific, research or educational activity by employees whose sole purpose for diving is to perform scientific research tasks. All guidelines, responsibilities, research project requirements, safety manual, certification, dive safety board,  and forms can be found on the diving science and safety web page. The Scientific Diving contact is Cheryl Thacker.

Research Safety

Karen Gillis, 352-392-1591
Katye Poole, 352-392-1591
Biological Safety Sharon Judge, 352-392-1591
Nicole Hudson
, 352-392-1591
Chemical and Laboratory Safety Mark Yanchisin, 352-392-1591
Chemical and Radioactive Waste Matt Doty, 352-392-8400
Radiation Control & Radiological Services Campus: Susan Stanford, 352-392-7359
Health Science Center: Les Hines, 352-392-1589
Occupational Medicine Administrative Coordinator: Julie Ramsey; 352-392-1591
OCCMED Health Screening: Student Health Care Center; 352-294-5700