Welcome to the University of Virginia! I am Clarissa Lynch, Chemical Safety Officer for the University of Virginia. I am here to provide assistance, allowing you to begin your research quickly while achieving compliance with all regulations, guidelines and policies.
As you prepare to move your lab from another institution, or start up your new lab, please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding your new lab space or any special lab equipment requirements (e.g., facility-specific or safety considerations). Please contact your department for questions related to facility requirements you may have. I can also connect you to the appropriate people in various research compliance areas, such as the Institutional Biosafety Committee and Radiation Safety.
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) functions as a research support office and as such does not directly bill for any of our services. We will provide whatever assistance we can in making your research lab’s transition to UVA as seamless as possible.
We look forward to working with you!
The following statement is for inclusion in research proposals that require a brief overview of the University of Virginia's environmental, health, safety, quality assurance practices, and oversight.
"The University of Virginia is a major research institution. Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) is responsible for coordinating and monitoring the execution of all health, safety, and hazardous material use activities at the University. EHS assists individuals, departments, and committees, to achieve compliance with University, local, state and federal policies and regulations. EHS serves as the University’s liaison with external regulatory agencies. Compliance is monitored through audit, program development, education, accident investigation, and consultation. Online training modules are provided by EHS to satisfy regulatory training requirements. Full-time Biosafety, Chemical Safety and Radiation Safety Officers, Hazardous Materials Manager, and Industrial Hygienists are available to consult and advise on appropriate safety procedures. The University has developed a Chemical Hygiene Plan, and EHS strongly recommends that each chemical laboratory maintain lab-specific Standard Operating Procedures. Proper Hazardous Waste collection and disposal is provided as a service to researchers through the EHS Hazardous Waste program."