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Environmental Health and Safety: Keeping Campus Safe from the Ground Up

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Bureau of the Department of Public Safety has been a contributing factor toward the construction and design of the Health and Biomedical Sciences and the Science and Teaching Laboratory Buildings:


Science and Teaching Laboratory Building (STL): STL (Figure 1) building opened this spring and houses undergraduate biology and chemistry laboratories. The building has one floor that is a dedicated shell space for future research. EHS participated in plan reviews for the STL building and since its commissioning in fall 2011, has conducted over 130 chemical fume hood verifications, 37 eye wash/safety shower inspections and contributed to several fire and life safety meetings to ensure the safety of the building occupants.

Health and Biomedical Sciences Building (HBS): HBS (Figure 2) building, under construction, will place researchers from different colleges and departments together under one roof in an effort to foster unique opportunities for collaboration and pave the way for creative health research. EHS is active in plan reviews, air emission rate calculations and submission of required documents to state agencies for the research activities planned for HBS. In addition to the safety equipment located in the STL building, HBS comes with unique attributes, such as a pathological waste incinerator and specialized provisions for the use of biological agents, hazardous chemicals and radiation devices. EHS is currently working with Facilities Planning & Construction and their construction team to arrange for air emission testing of the boilers used to provide steam to the building. EHS has also submitted a request to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to operate the incinerator.