About Occupational Safety

Occupational Safety staff at EHRS are comprised of specialists from various science, technology, and engineering backgrounds providing support to university and health system personnel on occupational safety for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations as well as Temple specific policies and industry wide standards. Our primary expertise is the evaluation of workplaces and work practices to reduce or eliminate occupational injuries and illnesses. Occupational Safety also conducts consultations, site assessments, training and responds to hazardous material-related emergencies.

Meet the Team

Environmental Health and Radiation Safety

Occupational Safety Team



Contact Information

Area of Responsibility

Marc Melendez

Occupational Safety Manager | Occupational Safety Officer

Office: (215) 707-8471 | Campus: 2-8471 | marc.melendez@temple.edu

Program Oversight | Emergency Response Plan | Local Exhaust Ventilation

Asad Chaghtai

Safety Officer

Office: (215) 707-4272 | Campus: 2-4272 | asad.chaghtai@temple.edu

Indoor Air Quality

Joan deVastey

Safety Officer

Office: (215) 707-0106 | Campus: 2-0106 | joan.devastey@temple.edu

Ergonomics | Shipping of Dangerous Goods | Healthcare Safety | UAS Safety

Michael Morales

Assistant Health & Safety Specialist

Office: (215) 707-1288 | Campus: 2-1288 | mikehmorales@temple.edu

Fall Protection | Art Safety | Shop Safety | Hearing Conservation


Use the EHRS Contact Form or contact an Occupational Safety staff team member listed above for occupational safety questions or to request any of the services below:

  • Occupational Safety programs maintenance & support
  • Occupational Safety consultations
  • Indoor air quality investigations
  • Requests for ergonomic assessments and training
  • Determining what type of respirator you may need
  • Questions related to shipping or receiving dangerous goods
  • Workplace noise assessments
  • Working with ladders, scaffolding, or lifts
  • Water quality sampling
  • Questions related to flying your drone on campus
  • Emergency equipment (eyewash, shower) assessments
  • Workplace exposure to hazardous materials or processes
  • Risk assessments for hazardous materials and processes
  • Review of architectural drawings for regulatory compliance