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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 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 Geoffrey Thun
Art and Design artdes‐ Peter Jansen

CoESafety Website

CoE Dept. Safety Committees

Thomas Armstrong



Institute for Social Research Jody Reynolds
Libraries Shannon Zachary
Life Science Institute Cathy Andrews
LSA Douglas Richstone
Medicine Ray Hutchinson
Music, Theatre, and Dance Christian Rafidi
School for Environment and Sustainability Rima Upchurch
Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC) Rod Sorenson
Dentistry 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 Huei Peng
U-M Transportation Research Institute umtri‐rls‐ David Eby
U-M Energy Institute Bart Bartlett
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Luis Hernandez-Garcia



Inaugural Safety Committee Summit (March 19, 2018) Palmer Commons

  • 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.



Materials and links coming shortly



  • Full Presentation 
    • Complete powerpoint from the Summit
  • Binder Materials 
    • Electronic version of the binder information coordinators received


  • Registrant Roster (coming soon)

  • Summit Small Group and Large Group Discussion notes
    • Worksheets from our sessions