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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

SHERM Service

SHERM provides services to the professional community both locally and nationally through the provision of invited lectures and continuing education activities.

Continuing education courses are coordinated through:

The UT School of Public Health’s Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program -link
The UT School of Public Health's PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS, AND RESPONSE (P2R) ACADEMY -link

SHERM also provides collegial institutional safety program peer review services. Examples of institutions where peer review services have been provided to various safety program aspects include:

Peer Review

Emory University EH&S Program Resourcing Review June 2018
Northeastern University June 2018

University of Utah October 2017

University of Houston July 2016
Cleveland State University May 2016
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology April 2016

Temple University August 2015
University of Connecticut March 2015

Rice University Emergency Response Plan, November 2014
University of North Texas Health Science Center Biosafety Committee August 2014
University of Southern California, August 2014

University of Dayton, August 2013
University of Iowa, May 2013

University of Norte Dame, April 2012

Kent State University, August 2011
Clemson University, August 2011
Georgetown University, May 2011
University of Washington, May 2011
University of Central Florida, March 2011

Tulane University Safety and Emergency Management, February 2010
University of California San Diego, September 2009
University of Minnesota, December 2008
National University of Singapore, May 2007
Boston University, June 2005
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, March 2005
Texas State University, April 2004
Cornell University, March 2004
University of Texas Southwester Medical Center at Dallas, January 2004
University of Wisconsin Madison, January 2004
Wake Forest University, October 2003
Indiana University, June 2003
Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, December 2002
University of Texas – Pan American, August 2001
Boise State University, November 2001
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, October 2001
University of Texas at Tyler, February 1999

Other Outreach/Education Services

Ongoing Professional Development Courses

American Biological Safety Association-International
Health Physics Society
American Society of Safety Engineer
And others...

Mass Media Links

SHERM also provides community outreach via the mass media on health and safety related topics.

Ebola Preparedness Interviews

Protecting Caregivers from the Ebola Virus - Dr. Robert Emery demonstrates to KPRC News how the personal protective equipment works for the protection of health care workers that are treating Ebola patients. See the KPRC interview here.

Training Hospital Staff for Ebola - Dr. Robert Emery talks with KTRK News on training health care staff and proper techniques for donning and doffing personal protective equipment.  See the interview KTRK interview here.

Added Safety Measures to Handle Possible Ebola Patients - Dr. Robert Emery talks with KPRC News about the personal protective equipment kits and proper disposal of waste for Ebola patients. See the KPRC Safety Measure to Handle Possible Ebola Patients interview here.


Interview on buying a home once used to manufacture Methamphetamines - Dr. Bruce Brown talks to Fox News about the toxic hazards left behind from a home that was once used to manufacture methamphetamines.


Interview on the effects of tear gas
- Dr. Robert Emery talks to KPRC News about the effects of tear gas has on the body.  See the interview on the effects of tear gas.

Interview on Fracking
- Dr. Robert Emery discusses with KUHF 88.7 FM news about the hazards of workers involved in the Fracking process of refining oil. Listen to the interview on Fracking here.

Interview on Survival Strategy
- Dr. Robert Emery discusses with KPRC News an all hazards approach to survival strategy to man made or natural disasters.  See the interview on Survival Strategy here.

Interview on Hypothetical Dirty Bomb at Reliant Stadium - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with Len Cannon of KHOU News on the best approaches when dealing with a dirty bomb.  See the interview with KHOU here.

Shuttle Disaster - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KPRC News about dealing with the debris from the shuttle disaster of 2004.  See the interview on the Shuttle Disaster here.

Safety around Cleaning Products - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KPRC News on the hazards of cleaning products and keeping them away from children.  See the Safety around Cleaning Products interview here.

Radioactive Tablets - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KHOU News about the effectiveness of radioactive tablets when dealing with radioactive disasters.  See the interview on Radioactive Tablets here.

Homeland Defense - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KTRK News about the supplies needed for surviving a man made disaster.  See the interview on Homeland Defense here.

Home Hazards - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KTRK News about some of the common hazards in the home.  See the Home Hazards interview here.

Food Contamination - Dr. Robert Emery interviews with KHOU News to help identify a mysterious object found in a bag salad.  See the Food Contamination interview here.