Campus Safety

EHS Main Office 713-500-8100
EHS Hotline 713-500-5832
For Emergencies dial 911

Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management’s (SHERM) mission is to work in conjunction with the UTHealth community to ensure that education, research, and health care service activities take place in conditions that are optimally safe and healthy for all students, faculty, staff, visitors, surrounding community and the general public.

Put simply, we exist to help people go home as healthy and safe as they arrived.

Our main office is located at the Operations Center Building (OCB 1.330) and we can be reached at 713-500-8100 or Fax 713-500-8111.

n95 mask schedule

Environmental Health and Safety will be offering N95 mask fit testing for UTHealth and UTPhysicians employee's at McGovern Medical School.  This will be available only to individuals who have been fit tested by Safety before, please see information below about first time fit testing.  

Dates and Times:

January 31, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:  MSB 2.103

February 3, 2020
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: MSB 2.006

Important for UTHealth Employees:  If you have not been fit tested before, you will need to obtain a medical clearance prior to being fit tested by EHS.  Please complete a medical clearance form and submit an electronic scanned copy directly to Karen Hayes (Karen.M.Hayes@uth.tmc.edu) or Sherry Snook (Sherry.Snook@uth.tmc.edu) at UT Health Services.

 For more information, please visit: https://www.uth.edu/safety/chemical-safety/n95-respirator-approval-process.htm

For UT Physicians Clinics located outside of the Texas Medical Center: Please schedule respiratory fit testing with the Chemical Safety division of Environmental Health & Safety by calling 713-500-5832.

CFH energy savings

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities, Planning & Engineering (FPE) have partnered to help educate research staff on the safe and energy efficient use of chemical fume hoods within our UTHealth laboratories.  Here is why we care about the chemical fume hood sash height:

For safety:

When using a fume hood, keeping the sash height at the designated height (which is clearly indicated by a bright yellow sticker) helps protect users from potentially dangerous chemical fumes and splashes.

For energy conservation:

Fully closing the fume hood sash when not in use, or at the end of the day after use, helps to save a considerable amount of energy.

Did you know?

We now have the capability to remotely monitor chemical fume hood performance, so don’t be surprised if you see a friendly EHS or FPE staff member coming by your laboratory to provide a reminder about keeping the fume hood sash closed when not in use.

Thank you for doing your part to work safely and energy efficiently!

Reminder about PPE use:

This is a reminder to all research personnel that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be worn outside of the laboratory setting. Recently there have been instances of people observing researchers wearing in public spaces, specifically using gloved hands to open doors or push elevator buttons. After all, do you really know where that glove has been? 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be worn outside of the laboratory setting

Please do not wear gloves or other PPE outside of the laboratory, especially on elevators, in hallways, or in break rooms.

If it is necessary to transport items between labs on the same floor, one hand may be gloved, while the other hand remains without a glove to open the doors between labs. Gloves should never be worn in the elevator or break rooms. Ideally items should be transported using carts and secondary containment, especially when transporting items between floors.

Insider Threat Awareness at UTHealth

UT Police 713.792.2890

Reporting behaviors of concern is vital to protecting the University's intellectual property, it's safety and future.

Last year, the Office of Auditing and Advisory Services performed an internal audit at UTHealth on "insider threats".  Insider threats are a real risk to any organization and individuals at UTHealth should remain vigilant of any potential insider threats.  Based on the findings of the internal audit, the best way to do this is through awareness.  UTPD and Environmental Health and Safety have committed to helping raise awareness of insider threats by providing the following information.  Remember, if you see something, say something!

Initial Lab and Bloodborne Pathogen's Safety Training

every Monday* at 1:15 pm
UCT 1505C
* Unless the University is closed

Annual Lab and Bloodborne Pathogen's  Training
Online only
Basic Radiation Safety Training

March 4 & 5, 2020
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CYF G.102

Infectious Substance Shipping Training: In-person training

February 6, 2020
2:00-3:30 pm
CYF G.102

[UTPhysicians Training]
Questions regarding training?
Contact Stephen David at 713-500-5858
or contact our main office at 713-500-8100
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