​​​​​​​​​​​EHS Procedures on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)​



Infographic on UAVs  - from OCIA and Homeland Security - May 2016.pdfInfographic on UAVs - from OCIA and Homeland Security - May 2016
TAMU EHS Procedures on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.pdfTAMU EHS Procedures on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
TAMU UAV Project Safety Analysis Template.pdfTAMU UAV Project Safety Analysis Template



Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are a subject of Texas A&M research and testing programs, are often desired for use in special photography, and can serve a variety other possible functions. Operation of such UAVs outside of a controlled laboratory environment should normally be conducted in areas that are appropriate for such operations, e.g., low population density areas such as Riverside Research Annex Campus runways. Safety and security considerations must be examined and risk mitigated in all such operations, regardless of location.

Safety and Security Considerations​

  1. ​Research, development or testing of UAVs - Experimental designs for UAVs or their control systems, testing of new or different payloads or onboard equipment, and similar research and development efforts should not be conducted overhead of persons or occupied building or vehicles.
  2. UAV operations for the purpose of photography must be reviewed and approved by Marketing and Communications and the Audio Video Surveillance (AVST) Committee for the purpose of protection of privacy in images, protection of university marks and branding, and privacy and proprietary rights of images.
  3. ​UAVs have altitude restrictions to ensure that risks of conflict with air traffic are minimized or eliminated. Coordination with Easterwood Airport, flight operations at Riverside Research Annex Campus and /or the Easterwood Con​​trol Tower (FAA) are necessary.​

Risk Assessment and Approvals​​

  1. A safety plan should be completed for every UAV flight program that is to be conducted outside of the  laboratory. Flight programs conducted under the auspices of the Engineering Program should submit a completed Project Safety Analysis (PSA) to the Engineering Safety Officer.
  2. Completed PSAs or other safety plans for programs not under the Engineering Program (including commercial firms that wish to operate a UAV on or over TAMU property should be routed to the TAMU Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) for review and approval. PSAs or safety plans should be submitted at least 30 days prior to proposed commencement of flight programs.
  3. EHS reviews should include routing the PSA or other documentation to other appropriate entities on campus and in the community for review and comment.
  4. Applicants for UAV operations must be notified in writing of approval or disapproval, reasons for disapproval, and any limitations on operations that are deemed advisable by EHS.​