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Ready Set Connect

Recently, EHS joined our colleagues at Human Resources’ “Ready Set Connect” event in welcoming employees who have joined the university recently. We were able to share the message of who we are and how we affect nearly every role on this campus.

Photo by Shannon Bruce UTK Human Resources

We were also happy to see our good friend, Smokey, who was kind enough to help share our message for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Safety First Because Injuries Last

We have a new website in development to better feature our six program areas. In the meantime, check them out here:

Fire and Life Safety

Protection, Planning, AEDs, and more

Industrial Worker Safety

Operations, Maintenance, Office settings, and other General Safety

Laboratory Safety

Chemical, Biological, Engineering, and more

Radiation Safety

Radioactive materials, radiation generating devices, lasers, and Nonionizing Radiation (NIR)

Environmental Programs

Hazardous Waste, Dangerous Goods, and more

Occupational Health & Safety Systems

Communications, Training, Analytics, and Occupational Health


EHS New Offices

EHS is relocating to the Middlebrook Building

The Middlebrook Building is located approximately seven miles west of the main campus at 5723 Middlebrook Pike.

Google Streetview image of the Middlebrook Building, a two story office building

Most units within EHS have moved primary offices or will complete moving prior to the Winter Break. We have established “touchdown/launchpad” spaces on the main campus, and services will continue as before. Our department is committed to making this transition as seamless as possible, but we ask for your consideration in the coming weeks.

New Address

Environmental Health & Safety
University of Tennessee
5723 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 119
Knoxville, TN 37921

Due to construction limitations, please do not attempt to visit East Stadium Hall. If you need to see us in-person please contact our office first.

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UT Public Safety’s Newest Grad: Aaron Lee

Hazardous waste specialist Aaron LeeUT fall commencement ceremonies are being held this week. We take the opportunity to recognize and celebrate our recent Public Safety graduates—adult learners who achieved this accomplishment while balancing work and family responsibilities.

Aaron Lee, a hazardous waste specialist in UT Environmental Health and Safety, earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management from Columbia Southern University. The degree was a natural follow up to his associate’s degree in environmental health and a way to advance his career.

“I see things daily that my education helps me recognize in the hazardous waste realm,” Lee said. “What I found interesting is that my daily work also helped me along the way in my classwork as well. I was able to use my experience here at the University of Tennessee in several assignments along the way to graduation.”

The support of many Environmental Health and Safety colleagues was instrumental in his degree journey—from his director who told him about the university and gave him the gentle push to complete the degree to his direct supervisor who suggested ideas for creative projects and asked regularly about his progress.

“That was extremely motivating for me to keep pushing through the tough times,” Lee said.

The work-life-school balance was sometimes difficult.

“How did I manage? With the love and support of my family and friends is the only correct answer,” Lee said.

His wife was his rock throughout the education experience and cared for their two sons, which allowed him the space to tackle assignments and deadlines. He also organized a veteran suicide prevention hike with assistance from his coordinating team. They helped keep the hike on track when he had assignments due.

With graduation, Lee can shift focus to making more memories with his wife and sons. He also plans to officiate and play ice hockey. He may enroll in a master’s degree program in the future.

As for UT employees who are interested in pursuing a degree?

“It is never too late to find something that is worth your time and effort to further your career, or life in general,” Lee said. “I am 37 years old and was able to graduate with my bachelor’s degree. The hard work, late nights, and spellchecks are worth it in the end.”

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