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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.


From Inside UTHealth 
Smoking: Fire safety and your health
Smoking Fire Safety

Over the past year UTHealth Environmental Health & Safety responded to three fires caused by unextinguished cigarette butts. Fortunately no one was injured, thanks to individuals who observed and immediately reported the fires. Smoking represents a serious fire risk to the UTHealth community and is an acknowledged personal and public health threat. More at the link


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 Under the GHS system, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have now been replaced by Safety Data Sheets (SDS).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

July 13 & 14, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
CYF G.102 

Infectious Shipping Training

August 11, 2016
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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