Environmental Health & Safety Academy XXIV - Online course

Monday, March 29, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021


About the Course
The Environmental Health & Safety Academy is a unique course designed to provide you with the general skills needed to identify, evaluate and control workplace hazards, particularly those found in academic and research settings. This is the 24th time the course has been offered, and the first virtual offering!

Who Should Attend  
The course is developed especially for health and safety professionals, particularly individuals charged with maintaining the health and safety of their faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  This course is helpful to anyone new to the health and safety field regardless of the industry. Experienced health and safety professionals new to the academic or government sector will find this course incredibly beneficial.


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Flyer - click to review flyer, and then share it with your teams!

Agenda - click to review the course agenda with weekly lists of topics covered

  • Reserve your spot for this online course at: $ 700.00
  • Group discounts available - see Groups Discounts section;
  • University of Texas Employees - see UT System scholarship section;
  • Course fees include CEUs, access to course e-materials, and real-time review and Q&A sessions with instructors!

  • Registration is limited due to live, online sessions. Register today to ensure your spot!
  • Once you register using the button below, you will receive an email from Instructure Canvas entitled 'Course Enrollment.'

  • **IMPORTANT** BEFORE you click on the 'Get Started' link in the enrollment confirmation email, review this User Guide for Accessing Instructure Canvas.

    Enrollment confirmation emails make take up to 30 minutes to reach your inbox.


Course Dates and Delivery Method
Course Dates: Monday, March 29, 2021 - Friday, April 30, 2021

Due to the ongoing pandemic and the precautionary measures to keep learners and instructors healthy and safe, the EH&S Academy will be virtual this year. The course is offered through a collaboration between the SWCOEH and Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management (SHERM) at UTHealth, and University of California Riverside.

Couse Format: This course will be conducted online through the Instructure Canvas learning management system and Webex virtual meetings. Each Monday, we will kick off the week by joining a live, online discussion forum with the respective weeks' content experts to review the agenda, overview weekly content, and enjoy a Q&A session with the experts and your peers! Learners will have one week to review each section in Canvas in preparation for the next live Webex review and Q&A session.


After registration and payment is confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to the Instructure Canvas system and more details. Please save this instructional email. The course content will not be online for viewing in Instructure Canvas until Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 9:00am CT.

Course Objectives

Course Objectives
At the end of EH&S Academy training course, participants will be able to:

•Outline how universities and research organizations function, including their basic characteristics.
•Summarize the basic knowledge and procedures associated with risk management and insurance, fire and life safety, radiation, chemical and biological safety and environmental protection programs.

•Develop key performance measures and metrics customized for their own safety program.
•Design and deliver the most appropriate strategies of presenting performance measures and metrics to key constituencies, including upper management and regulatory officials.
•Identify the most common safety compliance challenges encountered in practice.
•Choose the most appropriate strategies to prevent safety problems.
•Implement the following safety programs: risk management & insurance, fire & life safety, radiation, chemical and biological safety, and environmental protection programs.
•Choose the most appropriate strategies to maintain a safe work environment.

Meet the Instructors

Vice President of Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
(SHERM) at UTHealth;
Professor, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health,
UTHealth School of Public Health


Scott Patlovich, DrPH, CIH, CBSP, CHMM, CPH
Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety,
SHERM at UTHealth


Bryan Evans, BS, MBA
Risk Management & Insurance, SHERM at UTHealth


Snehal Rana, BS
Occupational Safety & Fire Prevention Manager


William W. Bryan, PhD
Chemical Safety Manager, SHERM at UTHealth


Robert Plant, BS
Safety Specialist, SHERM at UTHealth


David I. Douphrate, PhD, MPT, MBA, CPE, CSP
Associate Professor and Program Director of Industrial Hygiene,
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health,
UTHealth School of Public Health


Brett Haltiwanger, PhD, CBSP
Biological Safety Manager, SHERM at UTHealth


Alan Lucas, CHMM
Environmental Protection Manager, SHERM at UTHealth


Janet Gutierrez, DrPH, CHP, RRPT
Radiation Safety Manager, SHERM at UTHealth


William Perkison, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Assistant Professor & Program Director of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health,
UTHealth School of Public Health


Janelle Rios, PhD
Faculty Associate and Deputy Director,
Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health,
UTHealth School of Public Health


Michelle McDaniel, BS, CHES
Program Director, Outreach & Continuing Education,
Southwest Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
UTHealth School of Public Health

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Certificates of Attendance and CEUs will be awarded by SWCOEH.

ABIH® Diplomates may claim and apply CM credit for participation in this course. See http://www.abih.org/maintain-certification/cm-credit-education-events for more information.

Safety Professionals,
may claim and apply CEU credit for participation in this course. Please refer to your safety certification requirements at https://www.bcsp.org/

Course participation will be monitored by SWCOEH as to meet CEU provider standards.

Group Discounts

We are pleased to announce group registration discounts for the Environmental Health & Safety Academy! These discounts are available regardless of whether your employer will be paying for the program, or each employee will paying individually.

Please send one email from your institutional email with a list of full names and work-related email addresses of each employee that will be attending this course. A SWCOEH CE team member will reply to collect information, and on approval, issue a discount code to use during registration.

Contact us at swcoeh.ce@uth.tmc.edu

If you need to set up UTHealth as a Vendor for your institution do also let us know at this time.

SWCOEH welcomes equal-oriented institutions to apply!

Scholarship for UT System Employees

The University of Texas System is sponsoring a limited number of scholarships for this program.

Applicants must be a full-time employee of the University of Texas System with main work responsibilities in the areas of Environmental Health & Safety and/or Risk Management.

Please do not register for the course until you receive the email communication confirming your acceptance and offering a discount code. A discount code will be emailed to you on acceptance for you to use during online registration.

Click here to Apply-UT Employee Applications

Applicants must pass screening through UT System Office of Risk Management and cannot have taken this course previously, or must show need to re-take course. Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation email from SWCOEH staff. We look forward to learning with you!

Registration Payment & Cancellation

Click here to view SWCOEH CE Refunds and Cancellations

Full tuition must accompany each online registration to ensure your registration and placeholder for a course or event with the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH).

Registration pricing, full tuition payment must be received by Wednesday, March 24, 2021.


Your Best Reponse to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health.
The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. As of 2019, the SWCOEH has been officially approved as an affiliate of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program, strengthening a partnership spanning more than 40 years.

The mission of the SWCOEH Continuing Education (CE) Program is to serve as a training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational and environmental health fields by delivering specialized courses in response to current training needs. Our ultimate goal is to improve occupational and environmental health. Our core subject areas are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazardous substances and materials and and worker well-being.

Contact us to discuss your training needs!

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program
1200 Pressler St., RAS West, Ste. 1038
Houston, TX 77030

Silvia Santiago - Continuing Education

Michelle McDaniel - Director, Outreach and Continuing Education Programs

Email: Michelle.R.McDaniel@uth.tmc.edu

CE group Email: