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Marine Science

Safety, Hazards, Environment

UT Laboratory Safety - Lots of resources on lab safety, posters, documents.
Laboratory Attire in Research and Teaching labs
  • Flammables, > 10 gallons need to be stored in flammable cabinet
  • Compressed gas, oxidizers and flammables need to be at least 20 ft apart when not in use
  • No daisy chaining extension cords
  • Mercury thermometer exchange program
  • Keep chemical inventories current and safety training up-to-date

Eye Wash Stations

  • Need to be tested monthly
    • run station for a few minutes, record that test was performed
    • maintenance personnel regularly tests shower pull stations
  • Do not block or impede access to eye wash stations

Construction Safety

In designated areas, when permission is granted:

  • Hard hats, safety glasses, high-visible vest, steel toed boots

General awareness:

  • Falling/fallen debris
  • Trip hazards
  • Broken glass
  • Skip the headphones!

Word to the Wise

Maintenance, custodial and grounds

  • Be aware of potential hazards when entering labs, read placards outside of lab
  • Report unsafe chemical / waste storage
  • Report unusual smells, evidence of spills etc ...
  • Caution when removing inner-bags of trash cans
  • Radiation lab tape, work outside of these areas

Campus Safety and Security Presentation (YouTube, 38:37 min)

Surviving an Active Shooter Event (Run, Hide, Fight ; YouTube, 5:55 min)

Video: FAS Hurricane Harvey Response - Employees from the Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Services and UTPD discuss the response to Hurricane Harvey at The Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas and main campus in Austin. October 20, 2017.

Chris Brensinger Steps Up to Meet the Challenges of Restoring the Marine Science Institute

With summer heat and rising temperatures, rattlesnakes are more noticeable on MSI campus and surrounding areas.


  • Be careful and be aware of your surroundings
  • Walk in clear paths, making sure to look ahead
  • When approached too closely to a rattler, warning noise is a rattle
    • good idea not to wear headphones or ear buds while walking around outdoors
  • Avoid tall grass and shady areas next to buildings or other structures
    • Snakes seek cooler areas to escape the heat
  • If you see a rattlesnake:
    • keep your distance, walk away calmly
    • call security if on campus: 749-6738, cellular: 361-332-9641
    • call PA Police if off-campus in an area that may be a potential danger to others: 749-6241 
  • If you, or someone with you, is bitten by a rattlesnake:

Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) - FREE resource for searching databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and environmental health

Safety, Hazardous Materials, & Regulatory Information - More resources from UT Chemistry Library's research guide


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