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Health & Safety Resources

Your Health & Safety is the foundation of our Texas Tech Commitment

The Whitacre College of Engineering is committed to provide the latest health & safety resources, updates, to support our students, staff and faculty as we face the challenge and transition to the new normal work environment.

Safety Resources

• Request to Start/Restart On-Campus Research, Creative and Scholarly Activity (https://ttu.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1812871)

• Your approval letter from the Office of Research & Innovation must be attached for ordering chemicals, biological materials or gases. Any questions can be directed to ehs.lab.safety@ttu.edu.

• Email Moriah Gonzales (moriah.a.gonzales@ttu.edu) to update any personnel changes from your Request of Return to Campus Research Activity.

• How to Properly Fit a Mask Using a PortaCount Respirator Fit Tester (produced by WCOE) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfE4qepThE8&feature=youtu.be)

• Process Considerations for Restarting TTU On-campus Research: Advice to TTU PIs

• COVID-19 Awareness Training video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feTnflW9-CI&feature=emb_logo

• Returning to Research Activities Checklist: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ehs/Training/docs/ReturningResearchActivitiesChecklist.pdf

• TTU Phase III guidelines: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/documents/TTUPhasedReturntoCampusesGuidancePhaseIII.pdfCD

• CDC Symptom Checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Latest updates

June. 9
N95 and KN95 masks are not intended for social distancing purposes. Purchasing of N95/KN95 from TTU central warehouse must be approved by Matt Roe (matt.roe@ttu.edu) from EHS. N95/KN95 for research purpose only are to be approved.

June. 8
TechBuy Guidelines for Entering Requisitions for Central Warehouse PPE 

Mental Health and Wellness Resources 

HealthSelect of Texas® and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM offer mental health benefits to support your well-being. The plans include coverage for both inpatient and outpatient treatment, including Virtual Visits. Refer to the Mental Health page of the HealthSelect site for more details.*

Your coverage includes care for many mental health concerns, including:
• alcohol and drug use issues,
• anger management,
• anxiety,
• bipolar disorder,
• depression,
• domestic violence,
• grief,
• post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
• schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder,
• suicidal thinking and stress

Mental Health Virtual Visits
Virtual Visits offer a convenient option for accessing mental health care. With mental health Virtual Visits, you can consult a licensed mental health professional online any day of the week. Appointments are available within 5-7 days on average, and you can choose between Doctor On Demand® and MDLIVE®. For more details, visit the Virtual Visits page on the HealthSelect site.

Talk to a Counselor
Call the 24/7 HealthSelect Mental Health Support Line at (800) 442-4093 to talk with a counselor about mental health or substance use issues. You can get help with a mental health or substance use issue, any time.

Contact Health Provider
If you have any questions, call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday — Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT.

*HealthSelect of Texas participants do not need a referral for any mental health services. But, some services, such as inpatient treatment or intensive outpatient hospital treatment, need prior authorization before the plan will cover them.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at the Safety in the Whitacre College of Engineering website.

Departmental Safety Officers

Department Officer
Chemical Engineering Chijuan Hu
Bart Masters
Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Shannon Hutchison
Brad Thornhill
Computer Science Mary Valdez
Dean's Office Crystal Garcia
Electrical and Computer Engineering Richard Woodcock
Industrial Engineering Dr. Changxue Xu
Mechanical Engineering Roy Mullins
Petroleum Engineering Denny Bullard
 Cecil Millikan

The University's Plan to Return to Campus

Students  |  Faculty & Staff  |  Academic Instruction  |  Health & Safety  |  FAQs  |  COVID-19 Updates


Additional College Academic and Safety Information 

Academic Overview by Department | Health and Safety ResourcesBuilding Signage and Safety Instructions  |  WCOE COVID-19 Response