Safety and Risk Management

Who we are

Our department formed in 2016, bringing together the Department of Insurance and Risk Management and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety to create organizational alignment in support of Quest for Distinction strategic initiatives.

What we do

We partner with the VCU community to promote and facilitate a positive, campuswide attitude of safety excellence and environmental stewardship to protect university assets and reduce risks.

What we offer

Our staff provides expertise, information, services and consultations to assist organizations in achieving regulatory compliance and continuous improvement.

  • Emergency numbers

  • Fire:
    (804) 828-1234
  • Chemical/biological/radiation:
    (804) 828-9834
  • Nonemergency numbers

  • Fire, MCV Campus:
    (804) 828-7899
  • Fire, Monroe Park Campus:
    (804) 828-0040
  • Radiation:
    (804) 828-9131
  • Chemical/biological:
    (804) 828-1392
  • Insurance/risk:
    (804) 828-4989

Resources

Our new site is in the works. Visit our current sites for resources or forms:

For assistance, contact our staff in the safety and risk topic areas below.

Fire safety

  • Fire safety
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarms
  • Fire doors
  • Fire sprinklers

Bill Willis
(804) 828-7385

Occupational safety

  • Workplace safety
  • Worker’s Right-to-Know
  • Ergonomics
  • Building/dorm inspections
  • Fire extinguisher training

Christine Blakey
(804) 827-0357

Insurance and risk

  • Certificate of insurance
  • Driver training
  • Vehicles
  • General liability
  • International insurance and risk

Steve Kessinger
(804) 828-4989

Biosafety

  • Bloodborne Pathogens — Infectious Waste
  • rDNA / sDNA / Biohazard Registration
  • Memorandum of Understanding & Agreement (MUA)
  • IBC Operating Procedures
  • Biosafety Manual

Mike Elliott
(804) 400-4984

Lab safety

  • Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Lab Inspections
  • Chemical Fume Hoods
  • Chemical Safety
  • Handling Dangerous Goods
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal

Larry Mendoza
(804) 828-2596

Radiation safety

  • Radiation safety
  • Research irradiators
  • Dosimeters
  • Radionuclides transfer
  • Laser safety

Holly Dean
(804) 828-5680