Environmental Health Services

Environmental Health Services

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  • EHS Committees

    Environment of Care Committee

    The Environment of Care Committee is dedicated to reduce and control environmental hazards and risks, prevent accidents and injuries, and maintain safe conditions for all patients, employees and visitors of the University Hospitals and Clinics.

    Laser safety

    The committee's charge is to oversee all laser devices in use for research and medical purposes at UMMC; to promote the safe use of laser devices through adequate personnel training and by ensuring that all federal and state guidelines, as well as UMMC policies are followed; to ensure that appropriate records of laser use and equipment maintenance are kept for review. The mission of the committee is to establish an environment that is as safe as possible for UMMC patients seeking treatment that requires laser devices, as well as for the personnel working with laser devices.

    Radiation safety

    The committee's charge is to oversee use of all radioisotopes at UMMC and to ensure adequate and appropriate record-keeping and surveillance for compliance with all applicable federal, state and institutional policies.

    Environmental health and safety

    The committee's charge is to evaluate opportunities to favorably influence the delivery of health care, to identify and evaluate the potential exposure to loss for general and professional liability, and to determine and implement the optimum method for proactive risk management. The committee will recommend specific action steps to the vice chancellor for health affairs.

    Waste management

    The committee’s charge is to review all governmental policies, rules and regulations pertaining to the handling and disposal of all UMMC waste; to recommend to the vice chancellor for health affairs institutional procedures for compliance; and to monitor the handling of all wastes to ensure compliance with institutional policies.

    Disaster preparedness

    The committee’s charge is to maintain an emergency preparedness program which will effectively utilize available resources so patient care can be continued in the event of a disaster.

    Animal care and use

    The committee’s charge is to oversee the care and use of animals in research at the Medical Center; to ensure the inclusion of adequate and proper record-keeping and surveillance; to review all proposed and ongoing research protocols to ensure compliance with all federal, state and institutional policies.Biohazards. The committee’s charge is to review grant applications and any other protocols involving potential biohazards resulting from procedures utilizing recombinant DNA and/or pathogenic microorganisms and to ensure these protocols comply with federal guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. The committee also has oversight responsibility to monitor compliance with institutional guidelines regarding exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

    Institutional biosafety

    The committee’s charge is to review grant applications and any other protocols involving potential biohazards resulting from procedures utilizing recombinant DNA and/or pathogenic microorganisms and to ensure these protocols comply with federal guidelines issued by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. The committee also has oversight responsibility to monitor compliance with institutional guidelines regarding exposure to blood-borne pathogens.