Environmental Health & Safety - The University of Texas at Tyler

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Environmental Health
and Safety
Department
Overview
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The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is a collaborative services
unit devoted to ensuring the health and safety of all UT Tyler employees,
students and visitors.
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Services We Provide:
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Fire Life Safety
Hazardous and Biological Waste Program
Laboratory Safety
Departmental Safety Liaison Program
Indoor Air Quality
Safety Support of Student Activities
Ergonomics
Fire and Life Safety
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In 2014, we completed fire drills in every major building on all three
campuses. Fire and Life Safety is more than just fire drills. It involves
monthly inspections of emergency lights(1868), EXIT signage(551), fire
extinguishers (866), AED units(33), safety showers(37) and
eyewashes(83), across three campuses.
Hazardous Waste and Bio-Waste Program
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Laboratory wastes, whether chemical or biological, can pose a significant risk to human health and
the environment if not handled correctly. The University of Texas at Tyler EHS Department is
committed to making sure that all wastes generated on it’s campuses are identified, contained,
and disposed of in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and best management practices.
Hazardous waste vendors, Veolia, and Stericycle
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Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976
EPA
Texas Council on Environmental Quality
University of Texas at Tyler Laboratory Waste
Management Guidelines
Laboratory Safety Program
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maintain a safe and healthful environment through:
Laboratory Safety Inspections
Laboratory Safety Training
Chemical Inventory
Chemical Safety Plan
Departmental Safety Liaison Program (DSL)
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Departmental safety representatives in this program are the “conduits” between the
safety department, emergency operations plans, university senior management.
These are key positions to ensure the safety and welfare of personnel within each
department in the event of an emergency.
DLS’s receive additional training opportunities.
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Fire Extinguisher Training
AED Training
Lockdown Simulations
Fire Drills
“Safety” Jeopardy Game for DSLs
Weather Emergency Training
Indoor Air Quality
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EHS Department investigates building indoor air quality concerns
Most indoor air quality problems fall into a select few categories
 Humidity
 Mold
 Carbon Dioxide
 Temperature
EHS Department has instruments to identify and measure most
contaminates
Safety Support of Student Events and
Activities
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Department actively assists with planning, of many
student events throughout each semester such as:
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Concrete Canoe Races
Homecoming Chili Cook-off
Intramural Sporting Events
Walking Trails and Bike Paths
Training of Student Workers and Resident Assistants
Ergonomics
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better serve UT Tyler employees and faculty, EHS
personnel are available to perform ergonomic evaluations
and make recommendations to minimize and prevent
workplace cumulative trauma injuries.
 These services are available by calling 7011 to schedule an
ergonomic evaluation.
Environmental Health and Safety
Safety Specialist
Jim Graham
Environmental Health & Safety
Student Workers
Josh Adams
Chris Johnson
Austin Fletcher
Student Workers continued.
Matt Hill
Emily Racicot

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