Welcome to Environmental Health & Safety

Emergency Info

In the event of a fire, serious injury, or other life-threatening situation, call 911 FIRST.

It is important to report any injury or personal exposure.

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Food Sanitation

EHS is responsible for drinking water quality and food safety inspections of food vendors and kitchen facilities on campus. Learn about our process, review requirements and guidelines, and fill out permitting forms.

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EHS offers a variety of online, instructor-led, and specialty training for the UT Austin staff, faculty, and students that meet regulatory and policy requirements and support a culture of safety.

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UT HERD (previously EHS Assistant) is the new database app that manages laboratory evaluations, personnel, and chemical inventory.

Important Notice: Nitric Acid Container Failure

Identified Issue: In the fall of 2019 and spring of 2021 the handle of a concentrated nitric acid container fell off while a researcher was moving the container. This resulted in nitric acid spilling onto the floor and in one case splashing on the leg of the researcher. In both instances, the nitric acid container was approximately two years past its expiration date.

Please see the container failure notice full details here (PDF)


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2022 Office of Campus Safety Annual Report

Read the latest Annual Report from the Office of Campus Safety.

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Updated OH 202 Requirement

An updated OH 202 Hazardous Waste Management course is now available in UT Learn. This course reflects changes in waste management at the University and updated regulations. All employees are required to complete the updated course after January 12, 2022. If you have previously taken OH 202, please follow the OH 202 instructions to make sure your transcript reflects the new date of training.

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Animals face dehydration and exhaustion in Austin’s hot weather

Read about how the heat is affecting campus wildlife.

EHS Newsletter Fall 2021

EHS Lab Safety Newsletter Fall 2021

View the latest EHS Lab Safety Newsletter.