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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

EHS staff will be available, at a minimum, Fridays for waste turn-in and biowaste disposal. Instructions for the turn-in process as well as times and locations will be distributed by Mike Rotella, Hazardous Waste Program Manager. We will update the Hazardous Waste schedule as changes are made.

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.


Our Mission: The Radiation Safety Department ensures the safe use of all ionizing radiation and high-powered laser sources utilized at University of Tennessee Knoxville area campuses by maintaining regulatory compliance.