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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Chemical Safety Program

The Chemical Safety Program is responsible for providing support to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston students, faculty, and staff concerning the recognition, evaluation, and control of chemical, biological, and physical hazards. Our goal is to provide the safest work environment for all UTHealth employees and the surrounding health science center community, as well as minimizing risk to the environment and property.

Please feel free to contact us at any time if you need assistance or to report any safety concerns which you may have. We are located in the Cyclotron Facility room: CYF G.102. You may contact us at phone: (713) 500-5832 (Hotline) or by fax at: (713) 500-5841.

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 Under the GHS system, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have now been replaced by Safety Data Sheets (SDS).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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The following case study is from the Texas Tech University lab accident as investigated by the Chemical Safety Board.  The goal of the case study was to identify the events that led to the accident and how the academic community can learn from this tragedy.  The video, presented by the CSB can be found 


Emergency Response

Chemical, Radioactive, Biological Spills
Odor Complaints
Emergency Contact Numbers

Hazardous Waste

Chemical Waste Disposal

Occupational Monitoring

Respiratory Protection Manual (PDF document) 
Respiratory Protection Program: Medical Questionnaire Form (Word document) 
Respirator Users Approval Document (PDF document)
N-95 Medical Evaluation Questionnaire (students/residents) (Word document)

Laboratory Surveillance

Laboratory Safety Audits 
Removing Hazards for Maintenance Operations 
Surplus (Capital Assets Management) 
Blank Chemical Inventory Form


Hazard Communication Program

Basic Laboratory and Clinical Safety Training
Material Safety Data Sheets
Chemical Hygiene Plan
Your Rights
Principal Investigator Orientation Manual ( PDF document)
Controlled Substances Researcher's Guide (PDF document)
Signs and Lab Postings

Chemical Segregation and Incompatibilities Guide (PDF document)
Glove Compatibility Guide (Ansell's Chemical Resistance Guide)
Texas Hazard Communication Act - Notice to Employees
Nanoparticles Safety Guide (PDF document)

Chemical Safety Committee

Chemical Protocol Review Forms and Criteria



Chemical Safety Program Staff

William W. Bryan, Ph.D.
Safety Manager

(713) 500-5836
CYF G. 102

B.S. Chemistry, University of Houston
Ph.D. Physical Chemistry, University of Houston

Snehal Rana
Safety Specialist

(713) 500-5831
CYF G.102 

B.S., Biochemistry, University of Houston

Tri Le
Safety Specialist

(713) 500-5846
CYF G.102

B.G.S., Environmental Studies, University of Kansas
M.S., Environmental Science, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Matthew Duncan
Safety Specialist

(713) 500-5843
CYF G.102

B.S. Human Biology, University of Colorado - Colorado Springs