Environmental Health and Safety

About EHS

Vision

It is our vision to become a recognized, national leader and innovator in campus environmental health and safety.

Mission

The mission of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is to promote healthy and safe operations on campus, to protect students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to ensure protection of the environment.

Values

Excellence: We encourage excellence and strive to go beyond compliance promoting the best EHS practices.

Customer Orientation: We are committed to providing efficient and customer-friendly services to the university community.

Competency: We work diligently to maintain and continue to improve our skills, abilities, and knowledge.

Collaboration: We promote valued internal and external relationships with our community and encourage an open exchange of ideas and information.

Ethics: We are committed to acting with integrity and honesty in all our endeavors.

Continuous Improvement: We recognize that improvement is a continuous process and we strive to be at the forefront of changes in our field.

Programs

Asbestos

This program is responsible for the safe and proper control of asbestos containing materials. This includes compiling an inventory of known asbestos containing building materials, performing surveys, air sampling, and abatement activity oversight.

Biological and Laboratory Safety

Programs includes laboratory safety evaluations and fume hood testing. Periodic evaluations are also performed for biological labs to determine compliance with CDC/NIH guidelines. Provides training in the areas of lab safety, bloodborne pathogens, and biological safety. Responsibilities also include the review of design plans for new and renovated laboratory space. Also assists in emergency response, especially those incidents involving biological materials.

Chemical Safety and Waste Management

This program is responsible for the removal of regulated or potentially regulated waste from University facilities and for overseeing the proper disposal of the waste. The types of waste collected include laboratory reagents, spent solvents, batteries, and used oil. Also instructs generators in chemical safety, hazardous waste management, and waste minimization, as well as responding to chemical spills that occur on campus.

Environmental Health and Industrial Hygiene

Responsibilities include all aspects of environmental health including food sanitation (procedures, inspections, permitting, and training), potable water (inspections, investigations, and evaluations), and health inspections of child care facilities. Industrial Hygiene is tasked to provide technical expertise for the promotion of the health and well-being of faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors from chemical, microbiological and physical health hazards present at or emanating from The University setting. This program responds to concerns about indoor environmental air quality, including unknown chemical odors and ventilation system operations; lead exposure; confined space entry; noise; respiratory protection; and other occupational health concerns.

Occupational Safety

This area covers general safety including accident and injury prevention. Accident investigation coordination, site surveys or inspections, hazard evaluations, injury trend analysis, and training are major components.

Radiation and Laser Safety

Responsible for implementation of the safety programs for the use of radioactive materials and radiation producing machines, and the laser safety program for the use of Class 3B and 4 lasers. These programs include regular inspections, audits, and evaluations of laboratory and medical facilities to ascertain compliance with TDSHS regulations as well as the removal and proper disposal of radioactive wastes. Training is provided in all three areas. Assistance is also provided in response to incidents involving radioactive materials or lasers.

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