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.
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.
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
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)
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.
Hazard Communication Program
Basic Laboratory and Clinical Safety Training
Safety Data Sheets
Chemical Hygiene Plan
Principal Investigator Orientation Manual ( PDF document)
Controlled Substances Researcher's Guide (Word document)
Controlled Substance FAQ (Word document)
Helpful Tips for Completing DEA form 225 (Word 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 (English) or (Spanish)
Nanoparticles Safety Guide (PDF document)
Chemical Safety Committee
Chemical Safety Program Staff
William W. Bryan, Ph.D.
B.S. Chemistry, University of Houston
Jack Jacob, Ph.D.