About Programs

Biological & Laboratory Safety

The lab safety group conducts laboratory evaluations of research and teaching laboratories at UT Austin and satellite facilities. The purpose of the evaluation program is to assure compliance with University policy and any applicable regulations. All labs are evaluated at least annually; higher risk labs are evaluated on a semi-annual basis. Lab Safety provides training and guidance on a number of laboratory topics including bloodborne pathogens, dry ice shipping, chemical safety, biological safety, select agents and toxins, and controlled substances. Lab safety also investigates laboratory incidents including fire, spills, laboratory injuries, and any chemical, biological, or radiological exposure.

Campus & Occupational Safety

Campus and Occupational Safety focuses on the safety of University of Texas at Austin employees, students, and visitors. The Campus and Occupational Safety program area includes the following initiatives: Asbestos and Lead, Indoor Air Quality, Mold, and Occupational Safety Programs such as Hearing Protection, Respiratory Protection, Lift Safety, Fall Protection, and Shop Safety.

Environmental Programs

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, 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. In addition, these programs ensure the environmental integrity of the campus water system by addressing flood, water quality, and erosion control.

Radiation & Laser Safety

The Radiation and Laser Safety group provides safety and compliance support and training for the use of radioactive materials, X-ray machines, and lasers. Training provided includes Basic Radiological Health, Laser Safety, and refresher training. EHS holds the registration certificates for university lasers and radioactive materials and issues permits to users.

Other Programs & Support Areas

Environmental Health and Safety also works with the campus community to minimize human / wildlife interactions, perform food and drinking water safety inspections, project planning design and review, and to provide training and outreach.

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