Environmental Health and Safety: Interim Director: Dennis Fleetwood

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.

Biological Safety: Sharon Judge

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.

Boating Safety: Cheryl Thacker

The purpose of this program is to establish good boating practices under the auspices of the University of Florida (UF); to ensure that all use of small boats (boats less than 30’) under UF auspices is conducted in a safe and legal manner; and to familiarize participants with the basic procedures that affect their own safety and the safety of the fellow users.

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: Matt Doty

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.

Ergonomics: Cindy Mercado

The Ergonomics program provides information, evaluation and consultation to reduce the risks of developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

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/Accident & Injury Prevention: Dennis Fleetwood

The area of Hazard Reduction focuses on reducing risk factors in the University work environment as well as on the general campus. Specifically, principles of safety and risk factor mitigation are recommended and applied to promote a safe and healthy workplace and campus environment.

Industrial HygieneMelissa Crowder; Tom Ladun

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: Brian Hunt

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: Cindy Mercado

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: Julie Ramsey

The University of Florida’s Occupational Medicine (OCCMED) Program establishes procedures that govern safety and health precautions related to occupational exposure.

Occupational SafetyMelissa Crowder; Tom Ladun

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: Don Orth

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: Susan Stanford

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.

Risk ManagementDennis Fleetwood, Brian Hunt,  Osmara Salas, Julie Ramsey, John Rouse, Mark Yanchisin

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 Occupational Medicine Program and the development of education support materials.