Environmental, Health and Safety
The Environmental, Health and Safety Department supports the University of Houston-Clear Lake in its mission of teaching, research and community service. Our role is to identify potential safety hazards and recommend corrective action to responsible departments to ensure the safety of the university community and eliminate unnecessary risks. We also act as a liaison with regulatory agencies to ensure compliance. In this capacity, we provide internal expert solutions to issues to assure governing requirements are met.
Campus information on Covid-19 including reporting protocols, safety protocols, FAQ's, important things to know and reference links may be found on the EHS Health and Safety Advisory page.
The Environmental Health & Safety Assistant (EHSA) is an extensive database tool to help manage Environmental Health & Safety requirements such as training, inspections, inventories, permits, provide access to chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS) search hub, and more. Each user is granted access to the software by EHS, with the same campus computer credentials for login access, using the link below.
Emergency Management involves preparing for natural and man-made emergencies, coordination and planning with university and community resources and agencies, performing drills and training, and business continuity.
Environmental protection is what we do by complying with applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations to minimize and properly manage wastes, put controls in place to prevent spills, stormwater contamination, and air emissions.
Planning for fires is no easy task. Buildings must be designed and maintained to strict fire codes so that people can exit safely in the event of a fire. This includes building materials that do not spread fire or smoke rapidly, water sprinklers and smoke alarms throughout the building, exit signs that light up in the event of a power outage, fire extinguishers, and testing and maintenance of all components at specified frequencies.
Whenever food is sold or distributed on campus, public food safety rules apply, and a temporary food permit must be obtained. Go to the Food Permits section of the Forms Page for more information, including Food Permits procedures, training links, and to apply online.
There are a variety of work types in a laboratory setting, for both teaching and research. Being able to work safely is a necessity in any environment, and UHCL strives to keep students, faculty and staff safe in the labs with chemicals, biological materials, and laboratory equipment. Knowledge and preparation are key factors. Click below to go to the lab safety page for more information.
The safety and well-being of faculty, staff, and students is an utmost priority at UHCL. Here you can find information on general, occupational safety, construction safety, hazard communication, food safety, and more.
If you have a question or concern regarding Indoor Air Quality, Asbestos or Mold on campus, please visit this page for more information.
Permits are required for certain activities on campus, such as temporary food distribution, special events that utilize open flames, or Hot Work activities that involve burning, welding, or tools that generate sparks.
Incidents on campus, such as personal injury or property damage, must be reported in a timely manner (within 24 hours) to ensure appropriate evaluation and follow-up.
Go to the forms page to access these and for further information.