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New Vanderbilt Working Group to Review Environmental Health, Safety

Vanderbilt University is creating a new working group to advance environmental health and safety on its campus.

Comprised of faculty and staff from various fields across the university, the new Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Assessment and Planning Working Group will define and implement reporting and key performance indicators, plan for an institution-wide laser safety program, and compile inventories of lab and non-lab spaces.

“Environmental health and safety are crucial considerations in our mission to create and maintain spaces that fulfill the mission of the university,” Mike Perez, associate vice chancellor for facilities, said.

“This partnership between the Division of Administration and the Office of the Provost will allow us to implement the best possible support for the research community.”

According to Padma Raghavan, vice provost for research, these new efforts within the realm of environmental health and safety are essential for the university, especially because it is a world leader in the fields of chemical and biological research.

“It is critical that we also lead in environmental health and safety,” Raghavan said. “As our research evolves and progresses, so too must our techniques for ensuring the well-being of our colleagues in the field.”

The working group will report its findings to vice chancellor for administration, Eric Kopstain, and provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Susan R. Wente.

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