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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.

October is National Biosafety Month

In recognition of International Biosafety and Biosecurity Month and in alignment with social distancing protocols, the EHS Biosafety Team will host virtual discussions via ZOOM each week during the month of October. We will center discussions around relevant information to the University and the Biological Research Community.

Dates, times, and topics of zoom meetings are available on the published flyer

This is an opportunity for all of us to demonstrate the importance of fostering an understanding of biological safety within the campus research community. We look forward to partnering with you as we continue navigating through our new normal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Biosafety Office at or 713-743-5858.

New Developments

The University of Houston is currently phasing-in operations as part of the University's response to the global outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes the novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19. For laboratories reactivating paused research laboratory activities, a guidance document is available. 

We will continue to keep our community informed as developments occur. Please visit for more information and frequently asked questions.

Training during Stay Home, Work Safe

EHS will continue to offer scheduled in-person safety training courses through Zoom Meetings platform and other virtual platforms. More information will be sent before the date of the scheduled training to allow you to test your systems and make sure you are able to access the offered in-person safety training courses. EHS has assembled a collection of frequently asked questions

For other questions, please contact us at