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UTMSI Severe Weather Action Plan 2022 (SWAP)

Fire Safety


  • Be familiar with fire hazards in workplace, know the controls & minimize risk.
  • Know your exits & evacuation routes. 
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed.
  • Report fire safety concerns to supervisor.
  • If fire is bigger than a basketball, pull fire alarm & evacuate, do not attempt to extinguish.

Lab Safety

Ryan Hladyniuk, Ph.D. 
Core Facilities Laboratory Manager & Safety Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute
Around Campus with Ryan Hladyniuk, Highlights, by Sally Palmer.

For folks who work in the lab only.

There have been a few inquiries about OH202 and its recent expiration on your UT Learn Transcripts. The class was updated in January 2022 to reflect the new waste regulations and all lab personnel have to take the new version, regardless of whether they have taken it in the past. In our 2022 Spring Safety Bulletin, EHS notified all labs that the updated course must be completed by the end of February 2022. On 5/12/2022, we updated the training requirements in UT HERD to reflect this due date for all employees that have not completed the new course.

Please see the attached instructions if you are unfamiliar on how to take a class in UT Learn.

UT Environmental Health & Safety EHS Lab Safety Manual, 2017.

Laboratory Attire in Research & Teaching Labs, PDF.

  • 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
  • Empty containers, throw away in regular trash (if no drops/solids come out after tipping)
  • 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
  • Maintenance, custodial & 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

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


HAZMAT (Chemical Spill) / cell: 361-441-6337

Ryan H cell: 361-742-9805 (emergency)

MSI Security cell: 361-332-9641

MSI Security / 361-749-6738


Campus Safety and Security Presentation (Oct 26, 2012, 38:37 min)

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.Surviving an Active Shooter Event (Jul 23, 2012, 5:55 min)

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