Department of Environmental Health and Safety News

June Is National Safety Month

Each June, the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country work to reduce the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road, and in our homes and communities.

Environmental Health and Safety Offers CPR/AED Classes

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is offering five CPR/AED Classes during September and October. Cost is $25 per person. Classes will be held on September 22 and 30, and October 7 and 9.

Shipping Dangerous Goods Requires Certification

Mailing or shipping dangerous goods or carrying a dangerous item during travel requires certification by the Department of Transportation for ground shipments or International Air Transport Association for air shipments. For questions on dangerous goods shipments including chemical, biological and radiological, please e-mail Before shipping a dangerous good, please review the Dangerous Goods Policy on the EHS website.

Annual Chemical Inventory Submission Deadline is Approaching

Have you updated your chemical inventory? The university’s effort to annually update the chemical inventory is now underway. Please ensure that your lab or workplace’s inventory of any hazardous materials is submitted to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety by Monday, March 2.

Annual Campus Chemical Inventory Campaign is Underway

It is time to update chemical inventories on campus. If you use or store hazardous materials and have never submitted an inventory, visit the Office of Environmental Health and Safety website for more information and guidance. If you have submitted an inventory in the past, please watch your e-mail for instructions for reporting your 2015 inventory.

Update on Air Quality of Campus

While most of Knox County’s air quality measures in the green or good range today, the Knox County Health Department is advising that areas near the downtown-area mulch fire are likely still being impacted by unhealthy air due to smoke. While the impact area changes due to weather conditions and wind direction, health officials said Wednesday that if you can smell smoke, the air quality is unhealthy.