Environmental, Health & Safety

Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Program at South Texas College is comprised of the following areas: Environmental and Occupational Safety, Fire and Life Safety, Laboratory Safety, and Training Coordination. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty, staff, and guests. EHS promotes safe best practices to ensure compliance with all rules and regulations pertaining to occupational health, safety, and environmental matters.


Pecan Campus, Bldg. E, Rm. 101A 
Phone: 956-872- 3718  
Email: ehs@southtexascollege.edu
Fax: 956-872-3464

Environmental and Occupational Safety Fire and Life Safety Laboratory Safety Training Coordination

Environmental and Occupational Safety

EHS Environmental and Occupational Safety provides support by ensuring compliance is met with entities that enforce environmental and occupational laws and regulations. Environmental Safety oversees all of the institution’s environmental releases by following laws and regulations enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Environmental Division. Occupational Safety, in conjunction with Facilities and other departments at South Texas College, work to provide safe working conditions for all students, faculty, staff, and guests. EHS Occupational Safety consists of OSHA Compliance, Contractor Safety, Asbestos Management, Indoor Air Quality, and Hazard Communication.

Fire and Life Safety

South Texas College Fire and Life Safety is responsible for developing and implementing communication with local emergency response teams. Fire and Life Safety establishes procedures that all students, faculty, staff, and guests must follow in order to comply with local laws and regulations from different municipalities, such as the City of McAllen Fire Department, the City of Pharr Fire Department, the Rio Grande City Fire Department, and the City of Weslaco Fire Department. It is EHS Fire and Life Safety’s responsibility to protect everyone on South Texas College premises by developing effective fire marshal inspections and providing fire protection equipment that is operable when necessary.


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Laboratory Safety

South Texas College Laboratory Safety supports EHS’s mission by providing guidance to ensure compliance is met with rules, regulations, and safe best practices applicable for teaching laboratories when handling biological and chemical materials. EHS strives to maintain a safe working environment in all laboratories. Laboratory Safety provides support with training and other information to assist laboratory personnel in providing a safe and healthy working environment.


Training Coordination

The EHS program ensures that South Texas College employees receive appropriate safety training prior to performing their work activities. EHS collaborates with our insurance carrier to provide access to online safety trainings to South Texas College faculty and staff. There are over forty different safety trainings offered to South Texas College employees.

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