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Environmental Health & Safety
Divisions

Biological & Chemical Safety
Ensures that UTMB complies with all federal and state regulations for biological materials and chemicals. Services include, but are not limited to: Liaison to the Safety Committees for review and approval to work with biological agents and chemicals, chemical fume hood and biological safety cabinet certifications, Laboratory Biosafety Training Program, evaluating laboratories to ensure safety policies and procedures are being followed, and administrative support for the UTMB, HHS & USDA Select Agent Compliance Program.

Environmental Protection Management
Ensures regulatory compliance with all local, state and federal environmental laws, including: hazardous waste, medical waste, radioactive waste, air pollution emissions from industrial operations, underground storage tanks, storm water runoff and waste water discharges.

Occupational Safety & Fire Prevention
Responsible for Institutional compliance with fire and safety code requirements, including Life Safety Risk Assessments and implementing Interim Life Safety Measures. They also provide specification, testing and inspection of: fire alarms, suppression and sprinkler systems, fire egress pathways, fire drill requirements, fire extinguisher training and addressing specific safety concerns.

Radiation Safety
Ensures UTMB is in compliance with regulations and recommendations for radioactive material, X-rays, other radiation devices and lasers. Services include but are not limited to providing training on radiation safety, laser safety and MRI safety for non-MRI personnel, assisting in the registration and permitting of Authorized Users, area and personnel monitoring and calibration of survey meters.

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