You are here

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 includes members at the 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 focus of the LRSC is 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.

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 Thomas Armstrong
Institute for Social Research   ISRsafety@umich.edu Jody Reynolds
Libraries liblabsafety@umich.edu Shannon Zachary
Life Science Institute lsi-safety@umich.edu Roger Cone
LSA LSAsafety@umich.edu Douglas Richstone
Medicine ummslabsafety@umich.edu Ray Hutchinson
Music, Theatre, and Dance SMTDsafety@umich.edu Christian Rafidi
Sustainability and Environment  snre.labs@umich.edu Rima Upchurch
Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC) hslabsafetycomm@umich.edu Rod Sorenson
Dentistry DENTreslabsafety@umich.edu Russell Taichman/Yuji Mishina
Kinesiology see HSSC Pete Bodary
Nursing see HSSC Janet Larson/Erin Kahle
Pharmacy see HSSC Rod Sorenson
Public Health see HSSC Young Ah Seo
Social Work see HSSC Joseph Himle
Mobility Transformation Center mcity-safety@umich.edu Huei Peng
U-M Transportation Research Institute umtri‐rls‐comm@umich.edu Holly Nielsen
U-M Energy Institute PMLsafety@umich.edu Bart Bartlett
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging fmrisafety@umich.edu Luis Hernandez-Garcia