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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 Planningfirstname.lastname@example.org||Geoffrey Thun|
|Art and Design||artdes‐email@example.com||Peter Jansen|
|Institute for Social Research||ISRsafety@umich.edu||Jody Reynolds|
|Life Science Institutefirstname.lastname@example.org||Cathy Andrews|
|Music, Theatre, and Dance||SMTDsafety@umich.edu||Christian Rafidi|
|School for Environment and Sustainabilityemail@example.com||Rima Upchurch|
|Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC)||firstname.lastname@example.org||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 Centeremail@example.com||Huei Peng|
|U-M Transportation Research Institute||umtri‐rls‐firstname.lastname@example.org||David Eby|
|U-M Energy Institute||PMLsafety@umich.edu||Bart Bartlett|
|Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagingemail@example.com||Luis Hernandez-Garcia|
Inaugural Safety Committee Summit (March 19, 2018) Palmer Commons
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.
Materials and links coming shortly
SAFETY Committee summit ROSTER & BRAINSTORMING