University of Vermont

Department of Risk Management & Safety

Mission Statement

The mission of UVM's Department of Risk Management & Safety is:

  • to promote safety and accident prevention
  • to manage the protection of University assets, both human and financial
  • to minimize legal liabilities
  • to support compliance with environmental health and safety regulations.

UVM Department of Risk Management & Safety exists to:

  • Identify and propose solutions to occupational and environmental health and safety problems
  • Identify and minimize exposure to fire and life safety hazards
    Investigate health and safety concerns of staff, faculty and students
  • Administer UVM's chemical waste disposal program
  • Manage UVM's workers' compensation program
  • Protect University assets while managing all insurance claims
  • Manage cash reserves to cover uninsured claims
  • Assess risks of all UVM programs to minimize liabilities, accident, and adverse financial impact to the university. 
  • Conduct training for the following:
    • driver training
    • ergonomic training
    • chemical use awareness training
    • blood borne pathogen training

  • Conduct campus inspections, concerning fire, chemical and safety hazards
  • Advise the following campus safety committees:
    • Institutional Radiation Safety
    • Institutional BioSafety Committee
    • Institutional Review Board
    • Personal Safety & Response Team
    • Emergency Operations Group
  • Conduct annual fume hood and BioSafety cabinet user training
  • Review contracts with third parties, along with the General Counsel's Office
  • Draft releases and waivers
  • Serve as a UVM representative to select regulatory agencies and insurance carriers


Contact Us

UVM's Department of Risk Management & Safety has TWO locations on campus. Please contact the office below that can best help you with your particular question or situation.

Risk Management  & Safety Main Office
Phone: 656-3242
284 East Avenue,
Burlington, VT 05405-3401
Environmental Safety Facility
Phone: 656-5400
667 Spear Street,
Burlington, VT 05405
This office assesses risks involved in new or existing programs and activities. It offers advice and assistance for ways to minimize liability, property damage, accidents, and adverse financial impact to the institution. Our staff will provide advice on safety issues, including fire safety, injury prevention, occupational health, defensive driver training, and OSHA compliance matters. This office also manages the University's workers' compensation program, manages claims, and purchases insurance to cover various University risks. Personnel here can address your chemical & biological safety, general lab safety, fume hood,  hazardous waste management, and environmental compliance & training needs.  The Environmental Safety Facility is a permitted facility for centralized storage of waste chemicals generated in labs and other areas on campus. Wastes are transported off site by outside contractors who dispose of the chemicals, primarily through incineration.

Last modified December 12 2017 07:35 AM

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