Occupational Safety Program


The Occupational Safety Program's goal is to reduce the risk of injury for those who work at UTSA campuses and facilities. We accomplish this by developing and delivering safety training courses, conducting on-site job hazard assessments and making recommendations, and by assisting workers' efforts to comply with occupational safety policies, standards and regulations. When accidents do occur, we investigate and suggest corrective actions.

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Job Hazard Assessments

These hazard assessments play a vital role in workplace safety at UTSA. During the course of an assessment, we work with you to analyze job duties and procedures to identify potential hazards. In our subsequent report, we may recommend changes to procedures and/or personal protective equipment that can help to decrease the risk of injury. If you believe your job puts you at risk of injury, don't hesitate to contact us to schedule a job hazard assessment.


  • SA 0442: Forklift Training: Learn and discuss the OSHA standards and UTSA procedures for operating a forklift at University facilities. Course work will include classroom presentation and discussion of standards, procedures, and safe practices, followed by hands-on operation of a forklift and performance of various maneuvers - both with and without a load. ***THIS TRAINING IS REQUIRED PRIOR TO OPERATING A UTSA FORKLIFT.***
  • SA 0445: Slip, Trip and Fall Safety: Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of preventable injuries in the workplace. This course provides instruction on how to minimize the risks by identifying hazards in the workplace and correcting the conditions that can lead to accidents.
  • SA 0447: Safety and Ladders: Most of us think we know how to use a ladder, yet each year people are seriously injured due to carelessness or improper use. This class demonstrates how to choose the right ladder for a job, how to properly set up a ladder, how to climb properly, and how to work safely while on a ladder.
  • SA 0487: Hazard Communication & Chemical Safety for Operations & Maintenance: This course is for new UTSA employees who work with hazardous chemicals or in maintenance areas where hazardous chemicals are located or in use, and is required for state employees who work with hazardous materials. Topics include: UTSA policy, Texas Hazard Communication Act, chemical hazards, Global Harmonized System (GHS), Safety Data Sheets, chemical safety emergency procedures and equipment, and disposal requirements.
  • SA 0490: Preventing Injuries to the Back and Other Soft Tissues: This course will briefly describe the anatomy of the back and major joints, and how workplace activities can damage those organs. Instructors will describe why some behaviors create extra risk of injury, and will discuss techniques and strategies to reduce injuries. Participants will have a chance to perform lifts using safe practices.
  • SA 0515/0515/0517/0518: OSHA 10-hour General Industry Safety and Health Training Course: This course is designed to provide general industry workers about OSHA, both employer and employee responsibilities, as well as how to identify, abate, avoid and prevent job related hazards. This training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not OSHA standards nor the use of OSHA regulations. Individuals that complete all sessions will receive an OSHA 10-hour General Industry Card.

Other group safety training is can be arranged by request. Previous topics have included Electrical Safety, Fall Protection, Globally Harmonized System, and Cart Safety. To request a customized training session, contact us.