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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention

The mission of the Occupational Safety and Fire Prevention Program is to help provide a safe and
healthy place of learning and work for all UTHealth faculty, employees, students, residents and
visitors. We perform routine surveillance of UTHealth buildings and grounds to anticipate,
recognize, evaluate and control physical hazards and to ensure compliance with fire and life safety
code requirements. Through these proactive efforts we aim to minimize the occurrence of accidents
and injuries on our campus. OSFP provides a variety of services including reviewing fire
protection systems to ensure they are working as designed, as well as occupational hazard
monitoring, responding to incidents, and performance of incident investigations as necessary.

15 Second Delayed Egress door

A 15 second delayed egress door is a door that has a magnetic device that will keep a door locked for 15 seconds before it will allow the door to open. Delayed egress doors are installed primarily for security. They prevent a door from being opened immediately from the inside.  This type of device is used on campus to prevent theft. They are in most of the buildings on campus, are tested annually by EH&S, and they are code compliant.  For more information on the operation on these doors please watch the video below.  If you have any questions please contact Environmental Health and Safety at 713.500.8100.

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. [Continue reading]

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/Fire Impairments Permit  -NOT compatible with Internet Explorer
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

Jennifer Laine, MPH, CPH, CFI, ASP, CHMM (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

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

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

Mike Allen

Mike Allen (Safety Specialist) 
Phone:(713) 500-8143
OCB 1.330

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

Cedric Peace

Cedric Peace (Safety Specialist)
Phone:(713) 500-8154  
OCB 1.330 

Bachelor of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture
Masters of Community Development, Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture

Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall (Safety Specialist)
Phone:(713) 500-8114
OCB 1.330

Bachelor of Architecture, Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture

Timothy R

Timothy Read, PhD, EIT (Safety Specialist)
Phone: (713)500-8128
OCB 1.33

Bachelor of Science Political Science – University of Wyoming
Bachelor of Science Management – University of Wyoming
Certificate Engineering Management – University of Wyoming
Master of Science Industrial Engineering – Texas A&M University
PhD Environmental Sciences – The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Ronald Braswell

Ronald Matthew Braswell (Safety Specialist)
Phone: (713) 500-8112
OCB 1.330

B.S. Exercise Science, Mississippi College, Jackson, MS
United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine- Bioenvironmental Engineering Technician