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Updates and Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Environmental Health and Safety is working in partnership with the Return to Campus Training Team to provide additional Health and Safety Resources to our campus community. Please visit the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Guides page for guidance on face covering, cleaning, and other topics.

Also, consider reviewing the University’s COVID-19 Information Page for the latest information.

EHS Operational Status

EHS is open and prepared to serve campus needs this Fall. Personnel are onsite or in-office daily with some remote work rotations occurring where feasible. The hazardous waste rooms are fully operational and on schedule. Online meetings are still preferred as is most training. If in-person training is requires it may require EHS Director approval.

If you have a need to visit the office, you are encouraged to contact the office prior to your visit.

Receiving Help

Urgent Needs, Reporting Hazards/Conditions or Requesting General Assistance

Please continue to follow Risk Management protocols for reporting work-related injuries/illnesses and occurrences w/potential property damage. 865-974-5409 or

In the event that the EHS One-Call number is unanswered please contact:

  • 911 for emergencies
  • EHS Director and Campus Safety Officer Sandra Prior 757-876-5386 (cell) for non-emergencies.


The mission of the Department of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is to coordinate a comprehensive and continuing accident prevention and health maintenance effort compatible with the functions of the University.

The program is designed to create a healthful and safe atmosphere for study, research, service and employment, and to promote good health and safety practices by the student body, faculty, staff and visitors. The program is intended as a guide in planning, organizing, and controlling related programs in each college and administrative unit. The objective of the program is the protection of life and property by prevention of accidents and environmental related diseases.

Don’t know where to start? Try the Safety Manual

The Safety Manuala collection of programs, procedures, plans, and guides, is a good place to find the most detailed information about the most topics. Otherwise visit a section by topic from the main menu.

Vols value safety

The Statement on Environmental Health & Safety Programs is one of the eight general principles of the UT Code of Conduct.

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