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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 Operations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

Note: this message is cross-posted to EHS, Biosafety and Radiation Safety

EHS is up and running

To achieve social distancing our EHS team members to the greatest extent possible are working remotely. The EHS team continues to be available to provide you technical assistance and other support services as needed. EHS phone numbers and emails are in service and monitored. Select EHS staff are integrated into the UT Emergency Operations Center. We will reevaluate staffing and scheduling as more is known about the contingency plans.

Lab Safety Services (LSS) is continuing to serve researchers

Lab Safety Services (LSS) staff are working remotely. If a need for in-person attendance is necessary, LSS members will respond as requested.

Hazardous Waste Management

  • The Waste Rooms remain closed for periodic drop-offs.
  • Hazardous waste is currently being managed as requested. If you require a pickup, please contact Mike Rotella at Please let him know your need as far in advance as possible and the types of materials and quantities anticipated.
  • If your group possesses bulk waste drums and you anticipate exceeding 55 gallons, contact Mike He will make then make a determination on any course of action.

See the waste calendar page for more details.

Receiving Help

Urgent Needs, Reporting Hazards/Conditions or Requesting General Assistance

Contact EHS One-Call 865-974-9586 or submit your request through “LiveSafe – Report Other Issue – Lab Safety

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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