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.
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.
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]
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]
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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every Monday* at 1:30 pm
*Unless University is closed
August 12 & 13, 2015
October 22, 2015