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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management


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.

Important COVID-19 Update (7/27/2021 & 9/1/21) Masking Expectations for UTHealth and UTPhysicians 

From President Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD:

At this time, we strongly recommend all students, employees, and visitors to wear facial masks in all indoor settings, both clinical and non-clinical. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are encouraged to be particularly cautious and diligent about masking.

  • Wearing a facial mask in all indoor settings, both clinical and non-clinical, and offering masks to any patients, co-workers, or visitors not wearing one.
  • Continuing safe practices, good hygiene, and self-monitoring for signs of illness.
  • Staying home when feeling sick, seeking medical attention, and being aware of your COVID-19 status with regular testing. For COVID-19 testing and care, faculty and staff may contact Employee Health Services at 713-500-3267, and students may contact Student Health Services at 713-500-5171.
  • Limiting travel to areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission.

Masking, social distancing and previous public health protective measures remain in place for all clinics, HCPC and patient care facilities.

Link to Dr. Colasurdo’s message on 7/27/21: 

Please contact EHS at 713 500 8100 with any questions or concerns.

mask guide thumbnail

Please click on the above icon to learn more about respiratory protection options and recommendations at UTHealth.  This informative graphic was designed in partnership with Environmental Health and Safety, Employee Health, Student Health, Infection Prevention, and the School of Public Health to create a summary of all the popular style masks, face covering, as well as N95 Respirators and the half face elastomeric respirator P100 filter.  The goal is to provide our community with information that can help them make an informed decision on their level of respiratory protection.  Additional information can also be found through external resources from the CDC and WHO.  For any questions please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 713-500-8100.

CFH energy savings

Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) and Facilities, Planning & Engineering (FPE) have partnered to help educate research staff on the safe and energy efficient use of chemical fume hoods within our UTHealth laboratories.  Here is why we care about the chemical fume hood sash height:

For safety:

When using a fume hood, keeping the sash height at the designated height (which is clearly indicated by a bright yellow sticker) helps protect users from potentially dangerous chemical fumes and splashes.

For energy conservation:

Fully closing the fume hood sash when not in use, or at the end of the day after use, helps to save a considerable amount of energy.

Did you know?

  • A single open fume hood consumes as much energy as 3.5 residential homes!
  • Closing the fume hood sash helps to reduce the amount of air exhausted out of the building, therefore reducing the amount of air that must be conditioned within the lab space by the building’s HVAC system.
  • Energy savings = cost savings for UTHealth!

We now have the capability to remotely monitor chemical fume hood performance, so don’t be surprised if you see a friendly EHS or FPE staff member coming by your laboratory to provide a reminder about keeping the fume hood sash closed when not in use.

Thank you for doing your part to work safely and energy efficiently!

Reminder about PPE use:

This is a reminder to all research personnel that Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be worn outside of the laboratory setting. Recently there have been instances of people observing researchers wearing in public spaces, specifically using gloved hands to open doors or push elevator buttons. After all, do you really know where that glove has been? 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should not be worn outside of the laboratory setting

Please do not wear gloves or other PPE outside of the laboratory, especially on elevators, in hallways, or in break rooms.

If it is necessary to transport items between labs on the same floor, one hand may be gloved, while the other hand remains without a glove to open the doors between labs. Gloves should never be worn in the elevator or break rooms. Ideally items should be transported using carts and secondary containment, especially when transporting items between floors.

Insider Threat Awareness at UTHealth

UT Police 713.792.2890

Reporting behaviors of concern is vital to protecting the University's intellectual property, it's safety and future.

Last year, the Office of Auditing and Advisory Services performed an internal audit at UTHealth on "insider threats".  Insider threats are a real risk to any organization and individuals at UTHealth should remain vigilant of any potential insider threats.  Based on the findings of the internal audit, the best way to do this is through awareness.  UTPD and Environmental Health and Safety have committed to helping raise awareness of insider threats by providing the following information.  Remember, if you see something, say something!

Initial Lab and Bloodborne Pathogen's Safety Training

Online only until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
every Monday* at 1:15 pm
UCT 1505C
* Unless the University is closed

Annual Lab and Bloodborne Pathogen's  Training
Online only until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Basic Radiation Safety Training

September 22-23, 2021
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
MSB B.603
WebEx training may be scheduled upon request

Infectious Substance Shipping Training

Online only until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Please contact Biological Safety at 713-500-8170 regarding questions about this training

UTPhysicians Training
Questions regarding training or University Online Learning platforms?
Contact Stephen David at 713-500-5858
or contact our main office at 713-500-8100
For quick access to University Online learning platforms:
Safety Assistant LMS  Available to all University Student's, Resident's, Employee's, and UTPhysicians Employee's.
Learn2Succeed Available to all University Employee's and UTPhysicians Employee's.