UHS Departments and Divisions

Department of Biosafety and Occupational Health

Occupational Health Division

The Occupational Health team is a part of the Biosafety and Occupational Health Department (BOHD), and has system-wide responsibility for protecting the health of all employees, students, volunteers, and visitors who participate in activities related to the University's missions of teaching, research, and service. We do this by helping employees understand and meet the requirements of our established programs, maintaining accurate compliance records, and working with our contracted occupational health provider to facilitate medical services and consulting.

Biosafety Division

The Biosafety team is part of the Biosafety and Occupational Health Department (BOHD) and is responsible for system-wide coordination and oversight of biosafety, biocontainment, and biosecurity, which includes the administration of the federally-mandated Select Agent program. The Biosafety team serves as subject matter experts and provides the University community with technical guidance, training, and resources to promote a culture of safety in biological research, teaching, and diagnostic activities. This work is risk assessment-based, and involves the interpretation of federal, state and University regulations and guidelines.

Building Code Department

The University of Minnesota has its own Building Code Department (BCD) within University Health & Safety.  We contribute to the UHS mission of advancing a safe University community through regulatory compliance with the Minnesota State Building Code (MSBC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) rules related to environmental health, food, pools and lodging.  The University’s Building Code Department is the “authority having jurisdiction” to administer the codes system-wide in accordance with the rules, regulations, and laws as adopted by the State of Minnesota.  The department's mission is to protect the health, welfare and safety of University of Minnesota students, employees and visitors in the built environment through education and code enforcement.  The BCD has system-wide code jurisdiction on all University campuses or property owned or leased by the University. 

Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Compliance Division

The Environmental Compliance Division manages the University’s environmental protection programs. These responsibilities and programs include assessment of soil contamination, stormwater management, wastewater discharges, groundwater, underground/aboveground storage tanks, air emissions, chemical security, spill prevention control and countermeasures (SPCC) planning.

Storm Water Management

The program is intended to implement the Board of Regents Policy on Sustainability and Energy Efficiency and the Administrative Policy on Environmental Management. These policies and the Administrative Procedure on Storm Water Compliance to meet the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.

Industrial Hygiene Division

The role of the Industrial Hygiene (IH) division is to protect the health and safety of students, staff and the research community at the University of Minnesota.  The IH staff evaluates hazards from the chemical, physical, biological and ergonomic stressors we may be exposed to in classrooms, in the workplace or in laboratories.  We do this through environmental monitoring and analytical methods to determine the extent of worker exposure and then employ engineering and work practices to control the potential health hazards.

Regulated Waste Division

The primary role of the Regulated Waste program is to pick up, transport, process, and dispose of chemical waste generated by the University of Minnesota in a safe, compliant, efficient, and customer-focused manner.

Workplace Safety Division

The Workplace Safety Division is a work unit within the Office of University Health and Safety.  The role of the Workplace Safety Division is to foster a positive safety culture and facilitate continuous improvement in the area of occupational safety and health throughout the University community.  We do this by way of written occupational safety and health programs; safety training and educational opportunities; safety leadership; and integration of safe and healthful work practices into university operations as a normal course of work.

Workplace Safety Division areas of expertise include electrical safety, logout/tagout of energy sources, confined space entry, employee fall protection, hearing conservation, hazard communication, powered industrial trucks, agricultural and pesticide safety, as well as, other occupational safety and health related topics.

Laboratory and Research Safety Division

The role of the Laboratory and Research Safety program is to influence and facilitate continuous improvement in the area of safety performance in the research community.  We do this by developing management systems, tools, and metrics that drive the integration of safe work practices into normal university operations.

Department of Radiation Safety

Radioactive Materials

To support the (prudent, secure, safe, careful, judicious) use of radioactive materials in research, clinical, and industrial applications throughout the University of Minnesota system and select customers of the Fairview/MHealth, and University of Minnesota Physician corporations.

Radiation Producing Equipment

To support the (prudent, secure, safe, careful, judicious) use of radiation producing equipment in research, clinical, and industrial applications throughout the University of Minnesota system and select customers of the Fairview/MHealth, and University of Minnesota Physician corporations.