Environmental Health and Safety
The University of Texas at Tyler offers students a myriad of opportunities for learning. Laboratories are one exciting way to further your education. Composed of hands-on applied learning, students can receive real world experience inside modern laboratories and art studios on campus. These spaces can come with a certain amount of risk. The risk varies greatly depending the contents and/or amounts being handled, knowledge of handling procedures and on the amount of lab patron experience. The differences can range from department to department, even lab to lab! It is therefore prudent to set a standard to create a foundation for safe and effective use of this educational time.
Laboratory Safety Policy
EH&S along with faculty and staff from across the campus have created a laboratory safety policy. This policy applies to all UT Tyler owned, leased or operated facilities. The program describes the basic do's and don'ts inside all labs, shops and studios within these spaces. The policy can be found here:
The Laboratory Safety Policy also includes addenda to safety programs for many specialized areas on campus including the different laboratories, shops and art studios. These programs can be found here:
- Chemical Hygiene Program - required by the State of Texas, this robust program provides details on handling
chemicals and general Chemistry lab safety.
- Biosafety Program - this program features safety measures to aid in the safe practices unique to biology labs. This program follows BMBL guidelines for work inside biology, microbiology and molecular biology laboratories. These guidelines are a requirement by many labs receiving some state and national funding.
- Laser Safety Program - required by the State of Texas, this program guides the use of any high powered
lasers (non-ionizing radiation) within UT Tyler laboratories. Special practices are
required to work in these labs.
- Radiation Safety Program - required by the State of Texas, information on ionizing radiation safety, laws,
regulations and specific programs governing X-rays and radioactive materials can be
University Wide Programs:
Specific programs mentioned in the Laboratory Safety Policy apply to all laboratories, shops and studios across campus.
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee - oversees all personnel involved with animal use inside laboratories.
- Personnel in these labs must fill out and return to EH&S the following questionaire.
- Institutional Review Board - laboratory experiments or demonstrations that involve humans must contact the IRB.
- Institutional Biosafety Committee - all experiments involving recombinant DNA must contact the IBC.
- Exposure Control Program - identifies blood-borne pathogens, exposure routes and risk mitigation procedures
- Hazard Communication Program - all State Employees must be made aware of hazards in their work space. This comprehensive
program describes how to identify laboratory and studio hazards on UT Tyler campuses.
- Laboratory Decommissioning Program - if laboratory spaces change Principle Investigators or have renovations of more
than 20% the owning departments are required to conduct a laboratory decommissioning
for that room. You will need to fill out the following form and send the form to
- BioRAFT SDS Search - this will provide you with the most up to date handling information on any chemical on campus