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Campus Safety

EHS Main Office 713.500.8100
For Emergencies dial 911.  EHS Hotline 713.500.5832

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.


City of Houston Releases Drinking Water Notification

The City of Houston has released this drinking water notification (official notification link) as required by the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  As stated in the memo, there is no immediate cause for concern or need to boil our drinking water. The City of Houston has proactively sent out this notification to all customers including UTHealth as a precautionary measure.  Continued monitoring, investigation and system adjustments have addressed the issue in the designated area and City of Houston Drinking Water Operations staff will continue to routinely monitor the entire system.  EHS will continue to monitor the situation and will relay any additional information provided by the City of Houston.  Please call 713-500-8100 with any questions about this notification as it relates to UTHealth, otherwise questions should be directed to the City of Houston.


PPE training for Healthcare workers working with suspected Ebola patients

Safety Protocols for Potential Ebola Patients


Regulatory Updates

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases “United States Government Policy for Institutional Oversight of Life Sciences Dual Use Research of Concern”

Despite its value and benefits, certain types of research conducted for legitimate purposes can 
be utilized for both benevolent and harmful purposes. Such research is called “dual use 
research.” Dual use research of concern is a subset of dual use research defined as: “life 
sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to 
provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to 
pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, 
agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security.”  [Read More]


Ensuring Biosafety and Biosecurity in U.S. Laboratories

The White House recently issued a memorandum to all federal facilities working with potentially infectious organisms to conduct a “safety stand down” to ensure that existing safety programs  are adequate to protect both workers and the public, and to ensure that no residual unknown specimens that might represent a risk remain in laboratories.  [Read More]


SAFETY NOTICE:

Geiger overhead credenza

If your workstation has a Geiger Products overhead credenza like the one shown in the picture above, it is important that you not place too much weight in the overhead cabinet. When originally installed, the legs of the credenza are not affixed to the tabletop below, and overloading can cause the legs to bow out. We experienced a significant unit failure last week, but thankfully no one was hurt.

ACTION ITEMS:

If you have one of these units, please remove any unnecessary weight in the overhead cabinet. The vendor of the cabinetry can be contacted to install retrofit angle braces that connect the overhead unit to the table top below which prevents bowing. The retrofit may or may not be free of charge, depending on where the furniture was purchased. For further information, contact Ryan Hargrove at rhargrove@ophouston.com




EH&S Focus

New safety training is now available through our online and classroom training courses.  New for 2014, the Global Harmonized System (GHS) has been recently adopted by OSHA under 29 CFR 1910.1200 (Hazard Communication Standard).  The GHS is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals. Under the GHS system, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have now been replaced by Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  SDS are available to all UTHealth personnel and can be found on CHEMWATCH or by contacting EHS at 713.500.5832.

For more information please select the link.

 


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 Initial Lab and Clinical Safety Training
every  Monday* at 1:30 pm
UCT 1505C
*Unless University is closed

Annual Lab and Bloodborne Pathogen's  Training
Online only

Basic Radiation Safety Training

August 12 & 13, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CYF G.102 

Infectious Shipping Training

August 11, 2015
9:30-11:00 am
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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