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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention

The mission of the Fire and Life Safety Program is to provide support to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston students and personnel concerning the recognition, evaluation, and control of physical hazards. Support is provided to the Fire and Life Safety Committee in the form of facility safety audits, fire protection, occupational hazards monitoring, responding to incidents, and performing incident investigations.

Red vs Blue

Throughout UTHealth there are two different types of emergency pull stations, one colored red and one blue. The difference between these two devices goes beyond their color. The most common device is the red pull station, used to alert building occupants and the Houston Fire Department (HFD) in the event of a fire. The blue pull station, perhaps less well known, is used to alert the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) when a situation requires police intervention.

Guidance Documents

Fire Prevention During Cutting and "Hot Works" Operations
Portable Space Heaters Guidelines(PDF)
Holiday Decorations Policy (PDF)
Break Room Fire Safety (PDF)

Online Permits/Forms

On-Line Hot Works Permit 
Online Fire Safety System Impairment Permit 
Emergency Evacuation Assistance Request
Confined Space Entry Permit (PDF) 

Safety Council


Useful Links

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Documents and Guidelines

Emergency Management Plan
Annual Fire Safety Report 
Pipe Identification Guidelines 
Occupational Safety Manual (PDF)
Contractor Safety Guidelines (PDF) 
Use of Wheeled Recreational Transportation Inside Buildings (PDF)
Confined Space Manual (PDF)

Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention Staff

Jennifer Laine, MPH, CPH, CFI (Manager)
Phone:(713) 500-8165
OCB 1.330

BS –Biology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MPH – Toxicology – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Graduate Certificate – Industrial Hygiene – Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Mike Gillum, CFI (Safety Specialist)
Phone:(713) 500-8139
OCB 1.330

B.S. Agricultural Development, Texas A&M University

Mike Allen (Safety Specialist) 
Phone:(713) 500-3433
OCB 1.330

Houston Fire Fighter 1979 - Present
EMT since 1985
1975-1976 Attended Texas A&M

Eric Escobedo, CFI (Safety Specialist)

Phone:(713) 500-8154  
OCB 1.330 

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Sergio O. Chinchilla (Safety Specialist)
Phone:(713) 500-8128
OCB 1.330

BAAS Safety Management, University of Houston-Downtown