Environmental Health & Radiation Safety

Our Mission Statement

The Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) department is committed to achieving and maintaining a safe and healthy environment that advances Temple‚Äôs excellence in education, research and health care. Towards this end, EHRS designs and implements programs in four core areas: biological safety, chemical safety, radiation safety and occupational safety.  Specifically, EHRS:

  • monitors, inspects and audits all research laboratories and patient delivery areas for safety and regulatory compliance;
  • collects, inventories and disposes of radioactive and chemical hazardous wastes;
  • performs occupational safety and compliance inspections and audits; and
  • maintains the University/Health System radiation licensing.

In addition to these core programs, EHRS designs a variety of safety related training courses and provides hazardous materials related emergency response.

How Can We Help You?

Please take a few minutes to look around. Here are links for some of our more frequently requested services:

Controlled Substances Disposal Event

EHRS is conducting a controlled substance disposal event on Temple Main and Health Science Campuses on May 8th, 2024. This event is designed to encourage registrants to dispose of outdated/unwanted controlled substances being housed on Temple University Campuses. All university employees who have a current DEA registration and have an EHRS Controlled Substances Registration Form on file are welcome to participate. EHRS staff will be available at the event to answer any questions and provide additional information for the safe disposal of controlled substances. 

Click here for more information: https://campusoperations.temple.edu/ehrs/regulated-waste-management/controlled-substances-disposal-event

 

Training and Resources

EHRS Online Training System

EHRS Online Training System

  • New system instructions can be found here.

  • If you cannot access the EHRS Online Training, please e-mail .

  • EHRS now offers Initial Bloodborne Pathogen, Shipping of Dangerous Goods, and ChemInventory training classes through Zoom. Click here to see the complete schedule and more information.

EPA Proposes Ban on Most Industrial and Commercial Uses of Methylene Chloride
  • On April 20, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a ban on most uses of methylene chloride. This ban is proposed under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and is intended to restrict the use of this dangerous chemical except when strict workplace controls are available.

  • The EPA announcement can be found here.
  • EHRS is in the process of reviewing and determining what potential impact this may have on the University community.
Chemical Inventory System Training

Chemical Inventory System Training

  • At least one person (Chemical Owner or representative) from the lab/chemical storage area must attend training.
  •  Here is the schedule:

Preparing Inventories for the New System:

  • At least one person from a lab/chemical storage area must attend training for the inventory upload to occur

For more information contact Ryan Kohler at or by campus phone at 2-9282.

Contact

Greg Lupinski, Director of Enviornmental Health & Radiation Safety

215-707-2520