Derrius M. Butler

Derrius M. Butler is Fort Valley State University’s director of risk management, safety, and transportation and the environmental, health & safety officer. In this capacity, he provides guidance to facilitate a safe environment for students, employees, faculty, and staff, as well as others visiting our facilities. He also works diligently to help ensure FVSU is compliance with federal, state, and local codes and regulations and ordinances. In addition, he oversees use and maintenance of the university’s fleet of vehicles.

In addition to his work in risk management and transportation, Mr. Butler has teaching experiences in engineering, safety, chemical physics, physics, chemistry, and biology, including three years of teaching physics, physical science, biology, and organic chemistry labs in a higher education setting. He also conducted research with government organizations including NIH, CDC, DAIDS, and Emory Vaccine Center in Human Health Services.

Prior to joining FVSU, Mr. Butler served as health safety, environmental, and facilities manager for Molded Fiber Glass Companies in Opp, AL. There he formulated safety policies and procedures for company personnel to comply with local, state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. He also consulted with departments on the design and use of equipment, fire prevention and general safety issues, continuously inspected facilities to safeguard against potential hazards, recommended corrective or preventative measures where necessary, participated in the investigation of accidents or injuries, and assisted in preparation for hearings and investigations. In addition, Butler submitted reports and obtained permits required by regulatory agencies, oversaw the administration of the workers’ compensation program, directed and coordinated training programs which will promote safe work practices, and maintained safety files and records. He represented the company in industry safety groups and programs in addition to implementing and maintaining the company’s environmental management system.

Mr. Butler’s extensive experience also includes roles as an environmental health and safety engineer with Lockheed Martin in Baltimore, MD. He also completed a practicum as an environmental health and safety coordinator with Continental Carbon Company in Phenix City, AL.

Butler earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry  and a Master of Science degree in Environmental and Safety Engineering. He has a vast array of certifications and has participated in numerous training activities, including National Institute of Health (NIH) GLP/GMP/GCLP-Laboratory Information System, Quality Management, Method Validation, Records and Report, Organization and Personnel, Laboratory Safety, Specimen Management and Tracking, Emergency Management, Chemical /Bio-waste Management and Testing Facility Operation, among others.