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Environmental Health & Life Safety

Environmental Health & Life Safety supports higher education and research in conjunction with the University community by promoting healthy and safe operations and strives to achieve a university culture in which health and safety are core values.

The Department consists of Biological Safety, Fire Marshal, Chemical Safety, Environmental Protection, Food Safety, Occupational Safety, and Radiation Safety sections all here to help you.

Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New Developments

3rd Annual NIH Biosafety Month

This October marks the NIH Office of Science Policy's 3rd Annual National Biosafety Month. National Biosafety Month is a period during which institutions are encouraged to refocus their attention on biosafety policies, practices and procedures. It is an opportunity to talk with investigators and research administrators about the importance of biosafety, raise awareness, and seek input on ways to strengthen institutional biosafety programs. UH Biosafety Office will focus on two subjects this year: Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in biological laboratories and Proper containment in biological laboratories. Below is a list of dates and locations where information will be available on the aforementioned subjects:

Science and Engineering Research Center: October 24, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Science and Research 2: October 25, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
J. D. Armistead: October 27, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Texas Medical Center: October 27, 2016 from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Please feel free to come by and talk with UH Biosafety personnel during any of these dates/times as we continue our efforts to maintain high standards of biosafety practices and consistent, constructive oversight.  If you have any questions, please contact the Biosafety Office at ehs@uh.edu or 713-743-5858.

New Biomedical Waste Vendor

The University has switched to a new vendor for our biohazardous waste, and this change comes with new containers. While EHLS will still provide cardboard biohazard boxes as a temporary measure while the campus transitions to new reusable plastic containers. The containers are compatible with "lab lids" that provide an approved closure for accumulation in compliance with existing requirements for closed containers. For more information on the transition and what biohazardous waste producers need to know, check out our quick tutorial.


Texas Tech Laboratory Releases Report on 02/02/2015 Incident

Three undergraduate students and a graduate assistant were injured in February, and investigation has determined that improper segregation of waste was the culprit. In this case, the storage of nitric acid (an inorganic acid) with organic waste from the laboratory experiment resulted in the catastrophic failure of the container when one student attempted to open it to add waste. EHLS is committed to the safe and proper storage, handling and disposal of hazardous waste on campus. Should you have any concerns about your waste streams or other practices, please contact us so that we can determine the best practices for your waste. The full article is available from Texas Tech University's Office of Responsible Research


New Web-based Training and Registration System

EHLS has officially embarked upon the outward-facing transition to the use of integrated web-based training and registration systems for our courses. Many courses have already migrated, however some are still in the process. You can continue to find the appropriate method of registration by browsing our available training. Each course will have the appropriate link to register or take training. Completion of either method will still result in a recorded training completion for you. Should you have any questions, you can contact EHLS