Environmental Management System





The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is responsible for the oversight and continuous improvement of the Environmental Management System (EMS) through development and implementation of policy, programs, and strategic plans to support the following initiatives:

  • Waste stream determinations and disposal of regulated wastes
  • Safety, storage, and handling of hazardous chemicals
  • Monitoring of air emissions; water and energy consumption
  • Control of wastewater discharge to POTW
  • Chemical incident; Spill control
  • Recycling and Sustainability
  • EHS Awareness Training

Environmental Management is concerned with the protection of personnel and preservation of the environment. St. Mary’s University has implemented an Environmental Management System to promote workplace safety and comply to local, state and federal environmental regulations. The EMS Manual and supporting policies, plans, programs. and procedures can be accessed through Gateway\Resources\Departmental Offices\Risk Management.

Periodic reports are submitted to the following agencies to verify compliance to regulatory requirements:

  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) – Hazardous Waste (HW), Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Texas Dept of State Health Services (TDSHS) -  Hazardous Chemicals storage for Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) – Water conservation planning
  • San Antonio Water System (SAWS) – Water consumption & quality
  • Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) – Water consumption and irrigation (campus wells)

St. Mary’s University operations are performed or managed by qualified personnel credentialed in the following areas:

  • Certified Pool Operation & Inspection (NSPF)
  • Certified Safety Administration (NASP)
  • Stormwater Inspection (NPDES)
  • EPA Peer Auditing (ICUT)
  • Hazardous Waste Mgmt (RCRA /DOT )
  • UST Operations (Class A, B, and C)
  • Lead Renovation (RRP)
  • EPA Refrigerant Handling
  • Forklift  (Class IV) Operation
  • Fire Alarm Technician
  • State of Texas Journeyman Electrician
  • State of Texas Journeyman Plumber
  • Noncommercial Pesticide Applicator
  • Asbestos Abatement Supervisor

St. Mary’s University inspects and certifies all critical facilities systems and equipment per federal, state and municipal requirements:

  • Fire Protection Systems
  • HVAC Boilers
  • Elevators
  • Underground Storage Tanks
  • Laboratory Fume Hoods
  • Backflow Preventers