Spring Symposium

Chemical Safety: A Campus-Wide Opportunity | February 21-23, 2022
University of Central Florida- Orlando, FL

Our universities have a wide variety of chemical use and storage, and training regulations and challenges. The goal of this symposium is to leverage our collective knowledge on these topics to provide insight and unique strategies to help combat ever-growing requirements.


***All times listed are in EST

  Monday, February 21, 2022

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Registration / Help Desk
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome to the 2022 Spring Symposium
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Keynote
Let's Talk About Leadership Development

Tracey Butkus - Orlando Health Sr Director of Leadership & Talent Development
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Vendor Spotlight - Safety Stratus
Graduating from Static Chemical Inventory to Dynamic Chemical Management
Greg Kwolek
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Hide and Seek - Searching for Hazardous Substances on Campus
Dennis Terpin
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch / Table Talks / Visit Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM The Humble Lab Coat: Case Study of UCF's Journey to Implement a Campus-Wide Solution for Researchers
Brian Butkus & Michael Kerr
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM PM Break with Exhibitors
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Vendor Spotlight - Campus Optics
CampusOptics: Enterprise Safety Platform
Brandon Phipps
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM UCF Walking Tour


  Tuesday, February 22, 2022

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM Help Desk
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome to Day 2
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Management of Change (MoC) as a Foundational Value for Safety Programs
John DeLaHunt
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Bonding Model: The Solution to Managing Chemicals Safely
Cindy Mercado, Katye Poole & Mark Yanchisin
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Chemical Training at Small Colleges from Students to Beyond
Joe Udelhofen & Margaret Smallbrock
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch / Table Talks / Visit Exhibitors
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Round Table Discussion 
Work Alone Policies for Work with Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories

Meagan Fitzpatrick & Steve Elwood
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM PM Break with Exhibitors
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Rollins College Walking Tour
6:45 PM          Happy Hour sponsored by SafetyStratus


  Wednesday, February 23, 2022

7:30 AM - 3:00 PM Help Desk
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Welcome to Day 3
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Chemical Hazards in Ceramics Classes
Daryl Garsik
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM Engineering Labs – Of course they use that
Jesse Decker, Jodi Ogilvie, PhD & James Fleetwood
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM Break
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Consensus, Collaboration, and Chemical Safety at a Small College
Rachael Dailey-Mihalik
12:30 AM - 1:30 PM Lunch / Round Table Discussions
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Indoor Air Quality in Campus Buildings: Why and How to Address Emerging Risks
Marilyn Black
2:30 PM Symposium Wrap Up / Adjourn


Session Descriptions

Keynote: Let's Talk About Leadership Development

Presented by Tracey Butkus, Sr. Director, Leadership & Talent Development - Orlando Health

Tracey has over 15 years of leadership experience in leadership development, talent strategy and planning, and operational leadership.  She has a passion for developing leaders and team members to reach their potential through intentional training, coaching, and mentoring.  She currently leads the Career Development and Talent Development teams at Orlando Health, which includes Emerging Leader and Advanced Leader programs, classes and workshops for leaders and team members, and a variety of other programs designed to support Orlando Health's strategic imperatives and initiatives.

Hide and Seek - Searching for Hazardous Substances on Campus

Presented by Dennis Terpin, Retired Senior Industrial Hygienist/Emergency Manager University of Illinois, Chicago

The safe storage and transportation of hazardous chemicals is an essential part of any environmental, safety and health program. One of our jobs as safety professionals is to ensure the safe use of chemicals on campus. We have many tools to achieve this goal and we know where to find the chemicals. So, we are through. We have chemical and biological inventory lists, Chemical Hygiene Plans, and inspection lists. During my 18 years on campus; I have found and or responded to hazardous substances in places that are not in most emergency planning guides. So, take a trip around campus and let me share my stories with you.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Recognize that students think a little different then we do.
  • Recognize that chemicals can be anywhere on our campuses.
  • Identify, and plan for responses to unusual places.
  • Understand that a small spill in the wrong place can cause major consequences for the campus.
  • Recognize that eating the Brownies may not be in your best interest.
  • Preplanning for a large number of balloons for sale.

About the presenter
Dennis Terpin is a retired Senior Industrial Hygienist/Emergency Manager, O.H.S.T., EMT-P, University of Illinois, Chicago, a member of the ASTM Committee F23.65 on Personal Protective Clothing/Equipment and Respiratory Protection, Dennis is a Certified Master Level Instructor for FEMA/Department of Homeland Security. Dennis has over 50 years of experience in the Occupational Safety and Health, Laboratory Safety and Emergency Management/Response fields.

The Humble Lab Coat: Case Study of UCF's Journey to Implement a Campus-Wide Solution for Researchers

Presented by Brian Butkus, Laboratory Safety Coordinator/Chemical Hygiene Officer & Michael Kerr, Major Account Manager

The humble Lab Coat: case study of UCF's journey to implement a campus-wide solution for Researchers.  We can all agree that our campuses, the opportunity for improvement exists - lab coats are an essential piece of lab safety equipment that typically fall low on the list of priorities to be addressed.  Many have them, very few know how to get them hygienically clean, and a valuable component for lab safety can occasionally become a liability.  Like many institutions, for the past several years UCF has wanted to create a turn-key lab coat program for their researchers.  Come hear more about UCF's journey to address the humble lab coat - you will laugh, you may cry, but for certain you will learn a few new ideas that could support your journey!

Learning Objectives: 

  • Why do lab workers have a challenge to manage the lab coats?
  • Identify potential hazards/risks with common lab coat programs
  • Who are the best berson to have on this type of project?
  • Avenues for funding
  • Vetting several solutions
  • How to partner with the right vendor
  • Marketing the solution to the end users
  • Solution implementation and ongoing management

About the presenter
Brian Butkus is a scientist with a safety problem. He has worked in the EHS field for 16 years and in the higher education sector for the past 10 years.  Brian is currently the Laboratory Safety Coordinator/ Chemical Hygiene Officer at the University of Central Florida. Brian's core belief is building strong relationships and partnering with the customers will help build strong safety foundations.  People that know Brian best would say he is “the most interesting man in the world and that Dos XX's got it wrong."

Michael Kerr supports all divisions of Cintas for our Education customers in the state of Florida.  He has 17 years of industry experience, helping customers solve problems.  Michael lives in Orlando with his wife and three beautiful children.  You can find them in the backyard, poolside, or traveling across the country in their motorhome.

Management of Change (MoC) as a Foundational Value for Safety Programs

Presented by John DeLaHunt, Risk & Safety Manager

They say that the only constant is change - "constant white water."  During Pandemica, we all added "pivot" to our Buzzword Bingo cards.  However, we often defer the work necessary to manage change, and instead let it manage us.  Moving from a reactive stance to a predictive stance will require a short spurt of sincere effort and then consistent effort to stay ahead.  No-one can solve that work demand for anyone else.  We will, instead, talk about the drivers for making change management foundational to a campus safety program, and explore some of the tools we can all use to get there.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn about basic management of change models
  • Attendees will learn how those models might apply to higher ed health and safety programs
  • Attendees will explore the places where a MoC posture will crear value for the organization as a whole, not just the safety office
  • We might even learn to belly laugh

About the presenter
John DeLaHunt
has managed EHS and risk in higher education since 1989. At Colorado College, he launched a comprehensive EHS program. At the University of Texas at San Antonio, he serves as the university's Fire Marshal and Risk Manager.

John holds a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Colorado College, and an MBA in finance and management from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. 

Bonding Model: The Solution to Managing Chemicals Safely

Presented by Cindy Mercado, Lab Safety Program Manager, Katye Poole, Research Safety Coordinator & Mark Yanchisin, Assistant Director- EH&S UofFL

How much chemical is too much in a lab? Are your labs in compliance with the regulation statutes, regulations, and notices regarding the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program? What can I do to with the chemicals in the lab when I am retire? 

Creating a genuine safety bond between EH&S and researchers is essential to achieving excellence in safety. Our bonding approach is similar to the definition of chemical bonding, which is a lasting attraction between atoms, ions, or molecules that enables the formation of chemical compounds. Bonding with researchers promotes a safety culture and helps to jointly work toward achieving and understanding common chemical safety goals, with clear and consistent communication, efficient monitoring, and decisive action

Diverging from a traditional "command and control" safety model to a "bonding (all‐inclusive)"' one is challenging and requires flexibility, focus, and involvement from all concerned.

Our institution has implemented three strategies, with EH&S as the catalyst, to begin to conquer the challenges, including: Establish the scope/goals of the research to understand the hazard and quantities of chemicals needed, technology to help control and analyze chemical inventory, and impact assessments which include the reuse (Chem swap program) or integrate support to dispose of chemicals.

These processes, successes, and lessons learned, including the need to move beyond traditional partnerships, will be discussed.  We will also discuss future goals of our program to address some of the shortcomings. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will discuss the need to diverge from a traditional safety model and establish a "onding (all inclusive)" model between EHS and the UF research community  to promote safety culture. 
  • Recognize the potential impact of the gonding model as a tool for chemical lab safety. 
  • Recognize methods that could be used to approve purchase based on understanding chemical hazards and quantities of chemical needed. 
  • List strategies to control and analyze chemical inventory efficiency that serves as a "hub" for collaboration between labs. 
  • Understand how to reuse chemicals through the Chem swap program as a tool to minimize additional purchases for researches. 

About the presenters
Cindy Mercado
is the Lab Safety Program Manager at the University of Florida EH&S Department. In this capacity, she oversees the lab and chemical safety programs.  She started at University of Florida in 2017 and has helped transform EH&S programs and process related to laboratory and Chemical Safety.

Cindy's 20+ year career spansmany diverse rols and settings including Safety Manager for Food and Manufacturing, Chemical Laboratory Analysis for various pharmaceutical companies, and 13+ years as a Safety Leader, consultant and trainer. 

Katye Poole has over five years of higher education experience at the University of Florida, where she currently serves as a research safety coordinator for Environmental Health and Safety. Katye holds a B.S. in Chemistry and Psychology, a M.S in Management and a PhD in Chemistry. She completed her dissertation in physical inorganic research specifically materials and single molecule magnetism and her postdoctoral research in biophysical characterization of viral proteins and viral particles.  Her experience and education allows for extensive understanding of the researcher and safety professional perspectives.

Mark Yanchisin is an Assistant Director at EHS University of Florida. He oversees the Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Materials Management Programs.  Mark joined UF EH&S in 1994 as the Program Manager with the dual responsibility for the Lab Safety Program and the Clinical Safety Program. Prior to joining UF EH&S, Mark’s career began with Bristol-Myers pharmaceutical production and continued as a researcher in their Virology Labs.  He also served as an Environmental Safety Officer for7 years at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, NY, where he was responsible for the occupational safety, research, clinical safety, and hazardous waste programs.

Chemical Training at Small Colleges from Students to Beyond

Presented by Joe Udelhofen, EHS Safety Specialist/Training Coordinator & Margaret Smallbrock, Campus EHS Manager

Providing safety training can be challenging for all of us, especially for small Environmental Health and Safety departments. Chemical safety is important in more than just a lab. We teach chemical safety for many different groups. The goal is to retain the information presented. Being able to apply it has shown that retention is easier than reading off a screen. At three different institutions, we will share how we create hands- on learning to encourage information retention. From facilities staff to a fraternity, to everything in between, the experience level of the audience is varied and requires adaptation for each audience. We will share our experience with how we have approached this challenge.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Participants will learn how we got creative on how to make chemical training more interesting and effective.
  • Participants will learn how to work with what is available and that teamwork is an important resource to keep in mind.
  • Participants will take what we have done and adapt it for themselves

​​​About the presenters
Joe Udelhofen is the Environmental Health and Safety Specialist/Training Coordinator for Carleton College. His position is a split position with St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts colleges in Minnesota whose EHS department consists of three people. Joe graduated with a Speech Communication degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris. This will be his 21st year in the EHS field and his fifth year in higher education. For Joe, safety is about protecting people. Sometimes we need to protect them from themselves. Joe has had the opportunity to serve as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 10 years in Morris, MN and has a practical approach to safety and make safety training as educational and engaging as he can. Nobody wants to be bored at safety training, including the presenter!

Margaret Smallbrock is the Campus Environmental Health and Safety Manager at SD Mines. Margaret has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s in Engineering Management both from SD Mines. She worked in the Chemistry Department at SD Mines for eight years prior to joining the ranks of the EHS department seven years ago. Her variety of experience from an academic department has been valuable.

Round Table Discussion 
Work Alone Policies for Work with Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories

Presented by Meagan Fitzpatrick, Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist & Steve Elwood, Associate Director

How does your campus define working alone? Are virtual buddies sufficient? Do you have safety buddy smart phone apps in play? How do risk assessments integrate into your work alone program? Do you have a policy the defines working alone while working with hazardous chemicals? In this roundtable session, we’ll lead the attendees through a group discussion around the topic of working alone in high hazard chemical research labs. We’ll benchmark with each other and have the opportunity to work through difficult scenarios, discuss the competing politics and safety culture of the university research lab, and workshop potential solutions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the foundational problems of working alone in research environments with hazardous chemicals.
  • Recognize the barriers towards implementing a successful work alone policy in university research laboratories.
  • Engage in a collective conversation on how to develop and implement a work alone policy that is risk based, effective and successful.

About the presenter
The majority of Meagan Fitzpatrick's 14 years in EHS have been centered around research safety, biosafety and sustainability in higher education. She is currently a Senior Laboratory Safety Specialist at Princeton University within EHS and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Prior to joining the Princeton team, she was an EHS Manager at Covance (the contract research services division of LabCorp). Before her time in the pharmaceutical industry, she lead the Biosafety program at the Georgia Institute of Technology as the Biosafety Officer. She started her work in the EHS field at Emory University in their Biosafety and Research Safety Team, where she simultaneously earned my MPH in Environmental Health.

Steve Elwood has spent his 28-year career in the environmental, health and safety field, in one way or another, serving the Princeton University community. He began his career as a health physicist in support of the University’s fusion energy research interests at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He came to the University’s main campus in 2002 and has been a member of Environmental Health and Safety since, where he is now Associate Director. His areas of expertise include ionizing and non-ionizing radiation safety, laboratory safety, chemical safety, hazardous chemical waste management, emergency preparedness and planning, laser safety, firefighting, personal protective equipment, dangerous goods shipping, and research facility and lab design.

Chemical Hazards in Ceramics Classes

Presented by Daryl Garsik, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at Nova Southeastern

Ceramics artists may be exposed to a variety of chemical hazards. These include silica, asbestos, and toxic metals. Suppliers of the materials used in a ceramics art classroom must provide Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). Instructors and students must be aware of the potential hazards associated with ingredients of not only clay in general, but also the individual components of each specific clay or glaze used. Specific hazards are associated with clays, glazes, colors, and the firing of ceramics. Pregnant staff and students are at increased risk for exposures that can harm the developing fetus.

Clays contain crystalline silica. The inhalation of large quantities of silica dust can lead to silicosis or “Potter’s Rot”, an occupational lung disease, which increases the risk of developing lung cancer. Other potentially hazardous clay components include asbestos and kaolin, which are both associated with occupational lung diseases. Glazes and colors may contain lead, barium, lithium, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium (VI), nickel, uranium, antimony, cobalt, manganese, vanadium, soda ash, potassium carbonate, alkaline feldspars, and fluorspar. These may be toxic or irritating by inhalation and/or contact. When clay is fired in a kiln, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide are produced. The firing of glazes can cause the toxins in them to become volatilized and more easily inhaled. Salt firings of the kiln can create highly toxic chlorine gas. Other toxic gases that may be emitted are fluorine, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone.

The control of chemical hazards in ceramics classes will be reviewed using the industrial hygiene Hierarchy of Controls. Methods to eliminate these hazards, substitute with less toxic materials, and use engineering, administrative (including classroom rules) and personal protective equipment, will be described. Classroom management processes, which will identify hazards and prevent exposures, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the various chemical hazards associated with ceramics.
  • Understand the processes used in a Ceramics classroom.
  • Appreciate the magnitude of the health risks associated with the various materials and processes, and the heightened concern of potential exposures to those that may be pregnant.
  • Understand how the Industrial Hygiene Hierarchy of Controls relates to establishing standard control methods and processes.
  • Discuss best practices for Chemical Safety in Ceramics classrooms.

About the presenter
Daryl Garsik, REHS, MPH
is an Environmental Health and Safety Specialist at Nova Southeastern University.  She is a Registered Environmental Specialist with a Master of Public Health from the University of Miami.  Previously a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, she has extensive experience conducting Occupation Health, Industrial Hygiene and Indoor Air Quality Investigations, evaluating Airborne Infection Isolation Room.  She has 30 of years’ experience working for the State of Florida in both the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Transportation.  She has promoted employee safety, participated in a variety of chemical spill responses, infectious disease outbreak responses and enforced many environmental health regulations, including those related to schools, childcare centers, food services, swimming pools, and on-site sewage treatment disposal systems.

Engineering Labs – Of course they use that

Presented by Jesse Decker, Director for Safety, Jodi Ogilvie, PhD, Interim Lab & Research Safety Manager/Chemical Hygiene Officer & James Fleetwood, Director of Safety & Security

Engineering Labs aren’t just wind tunnels, theodolites, and stroboscopes. Engineering labs and spaces contain and utilize a wide array of chemicals from benign to highly toxic. Join this panel discussion for some insight into the chemicals that are found in engineering labs and how to bring a little more safety awareness to researchers who don’t always have a strong background in chemistry and chemical safety. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn more about what chemicals they might find in their institutions engineering lab and shop spaces as well as chemicals being taken into the field. Some tips will be given about where EH&S staff may want to look and how to approach situations where EH&S staff may not have made a formal lab visit previously. There will be open discussion with attendees about ways we can inform users of these hazards when users may be unfamiliar with chemical hazards and safety. There will be a specific focus on chemical use by student organizations as they often present both a high degree of inexperience with reckless enthusiasm.

About the presenter
Jesse Decker is the Director for Safety in UW-Madison's College of Engineering. Prior to taking this position, he was the Director of Safety and Risk Management at UW-Platteville. Jesse is responsible for leading the charge to build a stronger culture of safety within the College and serves as the College liaison with the UW Environmental Health and Safety Office.

Jodi Ogilvie, PhD is the Interim Lab and Research Safety Manager and Chemical Hygiene Officer at the University of Minnesota. Before her career in safety, she spent more than 10 years working in synthetic chemistry laboratories. At UMN, she manages the Lab and Research Safety program and provides guidance on the safe use, storage, and disposal of chemicals used in research and teaching.

James Fleetwood is the Director of Safety in the University of Florida's H. Wertheim College of Engineering where he assists the College's engineers improve all things safety. He previously worked in UF's EHS office for 10 years as a Hazardous Materials Specialist where he collected, packed, and shipped hazardous and redioactive wastes from UF's main and off-campus locations.

Consensus, Collaboration, and Chemical Safety at a Small College

Presented by Rachael Dailey-Mihalik, Lab Manager

Change is hard. Getting a group of career academics to change is seemingly insurmountable. Creating a safety-first culture where others have failed to do so seems like a large task. Small colleges and universities often do not have the robust EHS infrastructure of larger campuses. They may fly under the radar as small quantity generators and avoid accidents or injuries by probability alone. This creates a false sense of security and comfort with the status quo. Embedded Safety Professionals are uniquely poised to influence the direction of a safety program at a small university or college. ESPs can improve safety from within, creating consensus and collaboration among their peers, faculty, staff, and interdepartmental safety personnel. This talk will focus on strategic methods for auditing an existing chemical safety program at the end user level, introducing small but meaningful changes, and influencing others to change the culture around chemical safety.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about specific strategies for influencing change in safety protocols and procedures.craft
  • Learn strategies for targeting change in colleagues at various levels (e.g. staff, faculty, administration)
  • Learn ways to apply the strategies to their own institutions and come up with first steps to making meaningful changes to culture of chemical safety.
  • Evaluate various safety issues for urgency, risk, and potential hazards.

About the presenter
Rachael Dailey-Mihalik
is a biologist with over 10 years experience in lab management, research facilitation, teaching laboratories, and leadership development. She specializes in procedural and operational optimization and enjoys tackling tough organizational change. Rachael has worked at a variety of institutions from large R1 universities, community colleges, and small liberal arts colleges.

Indoor Air Quality in Campus Buildings: Why and How to Address Emerging Risks

Presented by Marilyn Black, Vice President and Senior Technical and Strategic Advisor

It has never been more important to design, operate and manage our buildings with a focus on good indoor air quality (IAQ) to protect the health of students and staff. Facility staff at institutions of higher education are being charged with a renewed focus on IAQ.

As new technologies and challenges emerge, they may bring unintended consequences for human health. Researchers at Chemical Insights evaluate the impact of emerging technologies, such as 3D printers, on indoor air quality. They also consider how new COVID-19 protocols intersect with indoor air quality, both elevating its importance and providing potential new challenges. We’ll also introduce what we consider to be the top Chemicals of Concern noting where they may be found and how to best remove, handle or minimize their impact.

The goal of this course is to present research-based science that provides clear recommendations and practical advice. Throughout the course, we’ll consider some of the questions that facility and staff may be getting and look at what the science says about how to respond. 

This course will make the case for prioritizing indoor air quality (IAQ) in learning environments, review common sources of poor IAQ in institutes of higher education, explore strategies for promoting healthy IAQ, and wrap up with practical tips for successfully implementing these strategies. Join to hear Dr. Marilyn Black, a trusted IAQ expert, share her unique scientific knowledge and apply it to your practice right away.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of good indoor air quality for occupant well- being, health, and student performance
  • Identify emerging threats to indoor air quality in schools, including aerosol transmissions of COVID-19, new technologies such as 3D printers, and the Chemicals of Concern.
  • Identify strategies to promote healthy indoor air quality in institutes of higher education, including source control, cleaning, and ventilation.
  •  Review practical advice for implementing best practices for maintaining healthy indoor air quality.

About the presenter
Marilyn Black is a Public Health scientist and a leader in the study of environmental pollution and its impact on human health. Dr. Black founded the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides verification of chemical safe products. 

Following research and teaching, Dr. Black founded Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS,) a research company focused on measuring sources of indoor pollution and associated health effects. Dr. Black currently leads Chemical Insights Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories Inc., a nonprofit organization, providing scientific insights for societal well-being.

She received a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, M.S. from the University of Florida, and B.S. from the University of Virginia, all in Chemistry. She also holds a professional certification in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Vendor Spotlights

CampusOptics: Enterprise Campus Safety Platform

Presented by Brandon Phipps | Campus Optics

Join us for an overview of CampusOptics! During this demonstration, we will review how CampusOptics' flexible, mobile-first platform helps institutions streamline safety inspections and permits, monitor chemical inventory, remediate safety issues, document incidents and manage safety assets and drills! We hope you are able to attend!


Graduating from Static Chemical Inventory to Dynamic Chemical Management

Presented by Greg Kwolek | Safety Stratus

Upgrading your static chemical inventory system to a dynamic chemical management system can yield safety, health, environmental, reporting, efficiency, usability and cost benefits. Learn about the core components and evolution of a software solution that dynamically meets the needs of user groups with different preferences and priorities in higher education.

Vendor Events

Happy Hour with SafetyStratus

Thank you SafetyStratus for sponsoring the Spring Symposia Happy Hour.
SafetyStratus offers the industry's most comprehensive enterprise EHS software platform with software, technology & content to reduce risks and achieve operational excellence. Teams in academia, construction, healthcare, general industry use their platform to conduct inspections, perform behavior-based observations, collaborate on JSAs and JHAs, prepare incident reports, track protocols, chemical inventory.

Symposia attendees will receieve a complimentary drink ticket, which is good for one beer, wine, cocktail or soda.

Where: The Ravenous Pig
When: February 22, 2022, 6:45 PM

Campus Tours

UCF Walking Tour

Monday, February 21, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us on a walking tour of the University of  Central Florida, which will begin at the student union covering several university landmarks.  The tour will also visit Research 1 our newest research building along with a lab. On this tour you can expect to see our new lab coat vending program, as well as our arboretum ~ weather permitting.


Rollins College Walking Tour

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 | 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Guided Tour of Rollins College: Rollins College, named one of Princeton Review’s most beautiful campuses in America, boasts 80 acres of Mediterranean architecture with a backdrop of moss covered oak trees and lakeside vistas. Located less than 10 miles from the University of Central Florida, Rollins sits in the heart of downtown Winter Park, full of vibrant restaurants, shopping, and local parks.

Thank you to our 2022 Spring Symposia Sponsor