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EHSRM’s Brian Moroney Due to Retire

J. Brian Moroney, director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Risk Management, will retire on August 31. His final day on campus will be June 30. In his time at UTSA, he has maintained comprehensive programs in environmental, fire, laboratory, and occupational safety, while creating a diverse assortment of innovative new programs to address the university’s growing needs.

In 2009, Brian oversaw the creation of a worksite wellness pilot program, leading to the current Rowdy New U Wellness Program, which has served over 1000 UTSA employees and contributed to an overall increase in employee health and morale. His enthusiasm for wellness is evident in his many appearances at Corporate Cup, leading our tug-of-war team in hard-fought battles against the likes of USAA, Valero, and HEB.

In 2013, Brian’s team created and implemented an action plan to reduce worker’s compensation costs incurred by UTSA. Increasing the level of coordination between the Occupational Health Program, Occupational Safety Program, Rowdy New U Wellness Program, and the WCI team has contributed to an overall decrease in the costs, frequency, and severity of WCI claims. UTSA’s WCI costs are now among the lowest of any UT System institution.

During his tenure, the EHSRM team has grown from just nine employees to its current staff of 27 full-time safety professionals and six student workers. The department has evolved into its current structure of four service divisions and added the Return-to-Work, Laser Safety, Recycling, and Occupational Health & Wellness programs. Always seeking better solutions, in 2006 he envisioned a new software solution for safety management that would be flexible and adaptable to UTSA’s evolving needs. The Integrated Safety Management System (ISMS) is now a candidate for a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps grant.  

Brian is an Army veteran who served as a Chemical Lab Procedures and Medical Lab Procedures Specialist IV from 1972 to 1974. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UTSA and is a life member of the UTSA Alumni Association (Go Runners!).

Brian served as the responsible official for the UTSA Select Agent Program, the local authority having jurisdiction for fire and life safety activities. He chaired the Laboratory Safety Committee, as well as an ex officio member of both the UTSA Institutional Biosafety Committee and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. He has also served as the chair of both the U.T. System Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Committee and the Biological and Chemical Safety Advisory Group. He’s been a member of the American Biological Safety Association International’s Technical and Regulatory Review Committee. He’s been UTSA's representative for the UT System Eliminate Tobacco on Campus Steering Committee and co-chaired the UTSA Eliminate Tobacco on Campus Coalition.

Prior to joining UTSA, Brian held professional safety positions with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as the Chemical & Biological Safety Manager and as a Safety Specialist III. From December 1993 until joining UTHSCSA in 1999, he served as Safety & Compliance Officer with LABCORP clinical laboratories in San Antonio, where he oversaw the safety and compliance program for the San Antonio region.   

In addition, Brian has extensive experience in the private manufacturing sector having held production supervisory positions with Microgen Equipment Corporation in San Antonio and with Beckman Instruments, Inc. in Carlsbad, Calif. He has more than ten years of experience in the clinical laboratory field as a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist performing testing in hospital and commercial clinical laboratories.

After retirement Brian plans to travel with his wife, Patty, who also recently retired, and to spend more time with their family and 13 grandchildren. We wish Brian all the best.

A gathering to celebrate Brian's many contributions to UTSA was held on June 30, his final day on campus, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bexar Room in the HEB University Center.   



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