When to Notify DEHS

In order to remain in compliance with current federal, state and local permit requirements, it is essential that DEHS is contacted in the following situations:


Construction Plans/Modifications

Depending on the location and scope of project planned, DEHS should be informed in the initial stages of projects or work activities that could require digging, asbestos/lead paint/mold removal or air permit modifications. New permits could be required, or current permits may require modification, and the time required for permits could run from weeks to months. DEHS should be contacted at 852-6670 as projects are being planned or considered to ensure that proper steps are taken to accomplish project or work activities in a timely manner.


Odor Complaints

This could be attributed to issues related to sewers or air issues. In all cases, DEHS should be contacted at 852-6670 when odors are noted. DEHS will investigate the complaint and determine corrective actions if needed.


Planned Discharge to Sewers (not spill or release)

The University is served by two types of sewers: sanitary (for domestic waste) and storm (for precipitation runoff). No wastes are allowed to enter either type of sewer unless specific approval is first obtained. Depending on the circumstances, there are times when DEHS receives an Unusual Discharge Request (UDR) Permit from the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) allowing the discharge of certain types and characteristics of wastewater. DEHS should be contacted at 852-6670 regarding such discharges.


Transportation of 6.2 Materials by Air

Researchers, PIs and their staff occasionally have the need to transport certain types of hazardous materials by air, both domestically and internationally. Most of these materials are classified as “Infectious Substances” (or 6.2 hazard class) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and shipments may be packaged with Dry Ice. Anyone involved with a shipment of 6.2 hazardous materials (individuals who prepare the paper work, package the materials, mark and labels the packages, etc.) must be trained. Training modules are available for individual shipping both 6.2 hazardous materials and dry ice. DEHS should be contacted at 852-6670 for assistance in understanding what is required of the shipper in preparing a shipment as well as the training needed. See DEHS Shipment Request Form for Biological Samples and the Transportation of 6.2 Materials by Air Training for proper transport of Infectious Substances.

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Main Office

1800 Arthur Street

Louisville, Kentucky 40208


tel (502) 852-6670

fax (502) 852-0880

Department of Environmental Health And Safety

Radiation Safety Office

319 Abraham Flexner Way

Louisville, Kentucky 40202


tel (502) 852-5231

fax (502) 852-8911

Office Hours

M-F 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

No holiday hours

IH Service Account


IBC Service Account