Formed in January, 2009, the campuswide Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) will provide general oversight and guidance to the campus through promotion of a safe work environment in all research and teaching laboratories. The Committee advises and reports to the Chancellor through the Executive Vice Chancellor. It consists of members from a broad range of departments and reflects the diversity of scientific disciplines involved with Laboratory Safety on campus.
The responsibilities of the LSC are to:
- develop, recommend, update and maintain policies applicable to the health and safety of laboratory work
- establish strategies to ensure ongoing and adequate hazard identification, surveillance and risk evaluation of laboratory activities
- review findings of inspection and campus hazard surveillance programs
- communicate with the other campus Safety Committees to insure consistency and encourage collaboration
In addition to providing oversight and guidance, the LSC has the authority to modify, suspend, revoke and terminate any Laboratory activities that are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to life or safety.
Report to the Chancellor on Laboratory Safety
The Laboratory Safety Committee and EH&S conducted a comprehensive review of campus laboratory safety, culminating in the Report to the Chancellor on Laboratory Safety. The report evaluates the current programs and resources dedicated to laboratory safety. It also identifies areas in programs and resources where enhancements should be made and offers recommendations for action to further improve laboratory safety in all research and teaching laboratories.
The report examines specific and general laboratory matters, ranging from issues particular to certain kinds of research to the overall safety culture of the campus.
A complete copy of the report is available under Related Information.