UTSA's Environmental Safety Management Program is tasked with responsible handling of environmental issues in accordance with Texas state law and industry best practices. This includes environmental testing, spill response, hazardous waste disposal, and recycling. The program is administered by the Environmental Protection & Construction Safety Division (EPCSD)
EPCSD staff are trained in the administration of a variety of environmental tests & inspections including Indoor Air Quality, Water Intrusion, Soil, Asbestos, Mold, and Confined Spaces. Drinking water quality and swimming pool water quality are also monitored. Inspections are performed at regular intervals and on an as-needed basis. Contact EHSRM at x5250 to report an environmental issue.
The proper disposal of biological, chemical, and radiological waste is of critical importance on a campus with over 200 science labs. EPCSD staff possess the training and equipment necessary to safely collect, neutralize, and dispose of potentially dangerous material. Do not hesitate to call us at x5250 if you have a question or concern. To request a pick-up online, please fill out & submit one of the following forms:
For radiological waste, see the Radioactive Waste Pick-up Instructions.
Waste minimization is a practice that reduces the environmental or health hazards associated with hazardous wastes, pollutants, or contaminants. Examples may include reuse, recycling, neutralization, and detoxification. In 2011, EHSRM launched the ChemsSwap program, which is designed to allow university departments to redistribute unwanted usable chemicals.
UTSA staff are trained in the handling of minor spills that can occur in work areas. For larger spills or spills of unknown substances, contact EHSRM at x5250. The UTSA HAZMAT team members, drawn from EPCSD as well as from the Fire & Life Safety and Laboratory Safety divisions, are our first responders to these types of incidents. The team trains weekly and responds to an average of 1-2 spill incidents per quarter.
UTSA's recycling program has grown quickly since its creation in 2005 and now collects an average of over 100,000 pounds of recyclables per month, including paper, cardboard, bottles and cans, and scrap metal. For more information on the recycling program, visit the Recycling Home Page
EPCSD regularly provides opportunities for work studies. Contact Career Services to apply.