Commitment to Safety

The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to  supporting campus-wide research and academic safety. Minimizing risks, implementing safe practices, and making good safety choices  is the responsibility of all University personnel. These personnel include those directly involved in conducting research, as well as the University functions that support them. Everyone must do their part to ensure safety across campus, including within University laboratories. Our hope is to develop and foster a climate of responsible health and safety work practices to recognize the value of safety, prevent accidents, and aid in getting the job completed with pride and professionalism. We are committed to ensuring that our community has the knowledge and tools necessary to carry out safety responsibilities.

Safety Programs

Safety programs at UT Dallas are supported by the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach. The Research and Academic Safety team is available to provide assistance in hazard Recognition, Assessment, and Mitigation, as well support for emergency Preparedness.  Our goal is to ensure that our campus community has the tools needed to Perform safely each day in our laboratories, academic programs, campus activities, and community.  This forms the foundation of our Safety RAMPP program.

Guidelines for research and academic safety and exposure to hazardous chemicals are included in the Texas Hazard Communication Act. Please see the Roles & Responsibilities for guidelines for Principal Investigators and Laboratory Personnel.

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Empowering Your Safety Success

Safety RAMPP is a program designed for you, as an individual member of our UT Dallas Community. The program goals are to empower you to take personal responsibility for your safety and health, and to support you in actively minimizing risks and implementing safe practices.

Training Support

To ensure our safety goals are met, the University requires all researchers, staff, and visitors to UTD laboratories to complete research and academic safety training commensurate with any risks or hazards associated with their involvement in University labs. These requirements apply to any individual who may be exposed to hazardous material or equipment, including but not limited to, the following personnel who may perform laboratory functions:

  • Faculty
  • Non-faculty research scientists
  • Lab staff (managers, supervisors, technicians, etc.)
  • Students (graduates and undergraduates)
  • Post-doctoral fellows
  • University visitors

Safety training programs are designed to support all research and academic functions across the University. Courses offered include both online- and classroom-based instruction and cover both general research policies and procedures related to research and academic safety. Most courses are required for research compliance by Principal Investigators (PIs) and lab personnel involved in research at the University of Texas at Dallas. Specific requirements based on laboratory activity are listed in the Training section of this website.

Support

For general questions regarding Safety, please contact the Research and Academic Safety Office (972) 883-7200 or email labsafetysupport@utdallas.edu.

Emergencies

For fire and life emergencies on campus, please contact 911 or UTD Police at (972) 883-2222.

Continuity Planning & Disaster Recovery for Labs

Continuity management is ensuring the continuity or uninterrupted provision of critical operations and services. It is an ongoing process with several complementary elements, including disaster recovery. To help mitigate the damage or recovery time after a disaster or disruptive event occurs, the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach and the Office of Emergency Management encourages laboratories and research facilities to develop their own Continuity Plan.

Contact Us

  • Sanaz Okhovat,
    Sanaz Okhovat
    Associate VP for Research, 972-883-4579, AD 3.202H, sanaz.okhovat@utdallas.edu, biosafety and chemical safety committee;conflict of interest;export control;institutional review board;lab animal resource center;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Research Integrity and Outreach,
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  • Shane Solis,
    Shane Solis
    Director, Research and Academic Safety, 972-883-4730, RL 1.712, shane.solis@utdallas.edu, biosafety and chemical safety committee;hazardous waste;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Rosaura Aguirre,
    Rosaura Aguirre
    Administrative Project Coordinator, 972-883-7281, BSB 12.633, rosaura.aguirre@utdallas.edu, research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Dorian Evans,
    Dorian Evans
    Manager, Environmental & Hazardous Waste Programs, 972-883-5739, MAF 1.402, dorian.evans@utdallas.edu, controlled substances;hazardous waste;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Brandon McBride,
    Brandon McBride
    Environmental Safety Technician, 972-883-5348, MAF 1.402, brandon.mcbride@utdallas.edu, hazardous waste;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Chris Rash,
    Chris Rash
    Environmental Safety Specialist, 972-883-5748, MAF 1.402, chris.rash@utdallas.edu, hazardous waste;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Joan Wickersheim,
    Joan Wickersheim
    Assistant Director, Research and Academic Safety, 972-883-7238, BSB 12.802, joan.wickersheim@utdallas.edu, biosafety and chemical safety committee;hazardous waste;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Lori Evans,
    Lori Evans
    Safety Specialist, 972-883-3952, , lori.evans@utdallas.edu, research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Emily Jackson, Ph.D.,
    Emily Jackson, Ph.D.
    Senior Safety Specialist, 972-883-5756, BSB 12.605, emily.jackson@utdallas.edu, chemical safety;controlled substances;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Veena Naik,
    Veena Naik
    Senior Safety Specialist, 972-883-7215, BSB 12.633, veena.naik@utdallas.edu, biological safety;biosafety and chemical safety committee;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • James Pharr,
    James Pharr
    Safety Specialist, 972-883-5761, RL 2.742, james.pharr@utdallas.edu, biological safety;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Michelle Rinehart,
    Michelle Rinehart
    Senior Safety Specialist, 972-883-4307, ECSN 2.​930, michelle.rinehart@utdallas.edu, research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach;teaching labs
  • John Snow,
    John Snow
    Senior Safety Specialist, 972-883-3530, RL 2.742, john.snow@utdallas.edu, laser safety;radiation safety;radiation safety committee;research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach
  • Layne Warren,
    Layne Warren
    Safety Technician, 972-883-3901, SLC 3.409, layne.warren@utdallas.edu, research and academic safety;research integrity and outreach;teaching labs