The Collaboration for Environment, Health & Safety (CEH&S) was created to acknowledge and facilitate the many industrial environment, health and safety (EH&S) management endeavors with which JMU faculty, staff, and students have been involved. CEH&S is not an administrative unit; rather, it serves as a conduit to the faculty involved and/or interested in EH&S functions and projects. It is hoped that this presence will allow us to better serve the industrial and organizational community while providing practical experience for students and faculty. While CEH&S is administratively located in the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE), its function is university wide.

Please contact Steve Frysinger ( to express interest or request more information.


EH&S Audits

JMU faculty supervise and assist students in the execution of internal audits of local businesses and employers, evaluating their compliance with applicable environmental and occupational health and safety regulations. These projects provide students with extremely valuable experience, while providing the audited organization with important information about their operation. This is especially valuable for small businesses which cannot afford to hire EH&S consultants for this purpose. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Frysinger.

EH&S Information Systems

JMU faculty and students offer full-service information systems engineering for environment, health and safety applications, ranging from needs assessment, prototyping and requirements analysis through development, deployment and maintenance. Applications include World Wide Web pages, database systems, geographic information systems, multimedia educational software, modeling, simulation, and environmental decision support systems. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Frysinger.


JMU faculty offer training and certification in hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER), making both 40-hour and 24-hour certification, as well as 8-hour refreshers, available to students and community members in accordance with OSHA regulations. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Frysinger or Dr. Ron Raab.

Industrial Audiology

JMU faculty and students assist with the development and implementation of all aspects of a hearing conservation program, including conducting noise monitoring, audiometric evaluations, and training of employees in our state-of-the-art facility or on-site. For more information, contact Dr. Ayasakanta Rout.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

JMU faculty supervise and assist students in conducting gap analyses and developing implementation plans for ISO 14001 environmental management systems. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Frysinger.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Steve Frysinger (Director)

Environmental management systems, industrial ecology, environmental information systems, HAZWOPER training.

Dr. Rob Raab

Biohazards, weapons of mass destruction, HAZWOPER training.


Blue Ridge Safety Association

The CEH&S has formed a partnership with the Blue Ridge Safety Association (BRSA) to cooperate and collaborate in offering training, workshops, and conferences. For more information, contact Katelyn Haupt.

Center for Clinical Toxicology

The CEH&S collaborates with the Center for Clinical Toxicology and the Blue Ridge Poison Control Center on such projects as physician education regarding environmental health and safety issues, undergraduate education regarding human health effects of poisoning, workshops, service projects and research. For more information, contact Dr. Mark Kirk.

Center for Innovation in Health and Human Services

The CEH&S collaborates with the Center for Innovation in Health and Human Services (CIHHS) on such projects as occupational health nursing training and workshops.

Coors Brewing Company – Shenandoah Brewery

Staff from the Coors plant in Elkton, Virginia, have hosted many student tours and class projects. They have also both assisted with and had employees trained by JMU’s HAZWOPER certification program, and are helping JMU host an Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) conference on campus. For more information contact Jeff Rinker, Todd Dyer or Brent Berry.

Emergency Prep, LLC

Emergency Prep staff have hosted student tours, sponsored student class and thesis projects, and served as guest lecturers in JMU classes. For more information, contact Brad Neher.

General Electric – Intelligent Platforms

Staff from the GE Intelligent Platforms facility in Charlottesville, Virginia, receive training and continuing education at JMU, and JMU students complete practical EH&S projects for GE in a cooperative work-study relationship. For more information contact Cindy Estes.

JMU Environmental Management Club (AWMA)

The Environmental Management Club, JMU’s student chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), collaborates with the CEH&S in such activities as hosting speakers and conferences.

Local Emergency Planning Committee

The CEH&S has formed a partnership with the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), an organization mandated by Federal law to coordinate emergency planning under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA).For more information, contact Paul Helmuth.

Merck & Co., Inc (Stonewall Plant)

JMU students have participated in a wide variety of industrial hygiene and environmental management projects and internships with Merck’s Stonewall Plant in Elkton, Virginia. In addition, Merck personnel have received HAZWOPER refresher training through JMU continuing education courses. Merck personnel have also been regular guest lecturers in JMU classes and participants in student presentations. For more information, contact Barbara Wunder.

Neisse University (Europe)

The Neisse University is an international “network university” involving three partner European universities: Technicka Univerzita V Liberci (Czech Republic), Politechnika Wroctawska (Poland) and the Hochschule Zittau/Goerlitz (Germany). This university offers a Master of Sciences in Environmental Health and Safety Risk Management. This program is taught entirely in English, and includes one semester at each of the three partner universities, followed by a one-semester practical semester in industry. We have begun faculty exchanges with this program and look forward to student exchanges and other modes of collaboration. For more information see the flyer or the brochure.

Tenneco Automotive Walker Manufacturing

JMU students have participated in many EH&S projects and internships with Tenneco Automotive’s Walker Manufactuing Plant in Harrisonburg, Virginia. JMU faculty and students have also assisted Walker with audiometric testing as part of their hearing conservation program. For more information, contact Kevin Arnold.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

DEQ staff have collaborated for many years with JMU, including participating in educational simulations in industrial environmental management, sponsoring student thesis projects, and offering practical internships to students. For more information, contact Amy Owens, Director of the DEQ Valley Regional Office.

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