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Research Smart Safety Committees

Safety Committee Structure

University-wide Oversight Committee

The U-M Laboratory and Research Safety Committee (LRSC) is the main oversight committee for the Research Smart initiative, and membership includes faculty, staff, student, trainee and administrative levels from research areas across the university, as well as representation from EHS, UMOR and the Provost’s Office. 

The charge of the LRSC focuses on the academic and research activities that involve potentially hazardous materials or equipment and that occur in laboratories, shops or studios affiliated with the Ann Arbor campus.  

The faculty-led LRSC advises the U-M Office of Research (UMOR) and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) on university policies for implementation of federal and state research safety regulations. 

The LRSC serves a coordinating role for the school/college/unit safety committees and assists these local bodies by reviewing how safety incidents and concerns are addressed and recommending improvements and remediation, as necessary.


LRSC Annual Review 2017

Unit Safety Committees

Fifteen local safety committees (unit safety committees) have been established across twenty different schools, colleges, institutes and units on the Ann Arbor campus (see list below). 

Mirroring the LRSC to the extent appropriate, given the nature of the work in their area, these unit safety committees focus on academic and research activities that involve potentially hazardous materials or equipment, and that occur in laboratories, shops or studios. The unit safety committees work to address communication and information-sharing challenges inherent in the decentralized academic and research environment of the university.  

Unit safety committees are encouraged to meet at least quarterly. These meetings – each of which will have EHS representation – will provide a forum for discussion of safety issues and ideally will result in local problem-solving.

Unit Safety Committee Contacts

School/College/Units Safety Committee Email Safety Committee Chair
Architecture and Urban Planning taubmancollegesafety@umich.edu Geoffrey Thun
Art and Design artdes‐safetycom@umich.edu Peter Jansen
Engineering

Coe-safety-committee@umich.edu

CoESafety Website

CoE Dept. Safety Committees

Thomas Armstrong

 

 

Institute for Social Research   ISRsafety@umich.edu Jody Reynolds
Libraries liblabsafety@umich.edu Shannon Zachary
Life Science Institute lsi-safety@umich.edu David Sherman 
LSA LSAsafety@umich.edu Douglas Richstone
Medicine ummslabsafety@umich.edu Ray Hutchinson
Music, Theatre, and Dance SMTDsafety@umich.edu Christian Rafidi
School for Environment and Sustainability seas-labs@umich.edu  Rima Upchurch
Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC) hslabsafetycomm@umich.edu  
Dentistry DENTreslabsafety@umich.edu Yuji Mishina/Taocong Jin
Kinesiology see HSSC Pete Bodary/Jake Haus
Nursing see HSSC Erin Kahle/Janet Larson
Pharmacy see HSSC Nicole Crandall
Public Health see HSSC Jim Kennedy/John Meeker
Social Work see HSSC Rogerio Pinto
mcity mcity-safety@umich.edu Huei Peng
U-M Transportation Research Institute umtri‐rls‐comm@umich.edu Carl Miller
U-M Energy Institute PMLsafety@umich.edu Bart Bartlett
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fmrisafety@umich.edu Luis Hernandez-Garcia

 

 

Inaugural Safety Committee Summit 

March 19, 2018 

  • Purpose:

    As part of the Research Smart Initiative, the U-M Laboratory and Research Safety Committee (LRSC) and the unit safety committees are charged with responsibilities that help strengthen the culture of safety at UM.  The Research Safety Committee Summit is intended to be an annual communication forum bringing together members of all the research safety committees at U-M to discuss ways to help each other fulfill those responsibilities. 

    The Summit will provide a chance for participants to share best practices, discuss expectations for unit safety committees, and provide feedback on the current focus and future goals of the Research Smart Initiative.  Details of unit-level participation will be announced in future correspondences.

     

  • Executive Summary from the Safety Committee Summit

 

 

PRESENTATIONS

SAFETY Committee summit ROSTER & Discussion notes

RESOURCE DOCUMENTS