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Research Smart Safety Coordinators

Safety Coordinators

Safety Coordinators are essential to the safety culture infrastructure at the University of Michigan. Individuals have been carefully selected by schools, colleges and department/unit leadership to fulfill this role, which is described in the Academic Laboratory and Research Safety Policy, and below.  Local safety committees and the research community will rely on Safety Coordinators as a foundational resource. 
Safety Coordinators have the following responsibilities:
  • Act as safety liaison between the academic or research operations and EHS, and assume the authority delegated by the dean or chair to deal with safety or environmental issues that arise during research operations.
  • Disseminate all safety and environmental information to appropriate personnel in the department. This may be educational material, posters, signage, or specific changes in safety or environmental rules or practices.
  • Perform periodic walk-throughs of academic laboratory and research areas to identify safety or environmental issues that require mitigation or reporting to EHS.
  • Work with academic or research faculty and staff in resolving questions or raising concerns to appropriate authorities.
  • Notify both the unit safety committee and EHS of potential safety hazards, exposures, accidents, injuries, illnesses, spills, releases, near misses, or other regulatory and environmental issues.
  • Attend the annual EHS training program for Safety Coordinators and any other training recommended by EHS or safety oversight committees.
  • Respond in a timely manner to all reports of failures of individuals to adhere to safety or regulatory requirements.

Special programming is being developed for Safety Coordinators. Information about these programs and other Safety Coordinator resources will be displayed on this webpage. If you want to be involved or have questions, find out more by contacting your Safety Committee chair.




Safety Coordinator Bootcamp

Safety Coordinators play an extremely important role in supporting a culture of safety within the research and academic communities they serve. 

To support you in this role, the University of Michigan Laboratory and Research Safety Committee (LRSC) and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) invite you to the inaugural Safety Coordinator Bootcamp.

The Safety Coordinator Bootcamp is a one-day program that connects safety goals identified by units with learning modules and practical exercises. 


Please save the date (Offered twice):

Tuesday, August 22, 2017- North Campus Research Center (NCRC) Building 18 Research Auditorium/Dining Hall

Friday, September 8, 2017- Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB) ABC Rooms


We will be available to assist you with any questions or requirements you may have in the interim.  Once again, welcome.


General Program Itinerary (Times are subject to change)



8:00am                        Check-in (includes Coffee & breakfast snacks)

8:30am                      Guest Speaker Welcome

           Module I


                                    Background & Purpose Overview

                                    Town Hall Forum Discussion & Q&A

9:30am           Module II

                                    UM Roles and Responsibilities

                                    UM Policy and Regulatory Review

                                    Local Roles Discussion and Team building

                                    Resource Awareness and Education

                                    Small Group Discussion & Q&A

10:45am          Break

11:00am          Module III

                                    Experiential Learning Presentation

  1. Risk Assessment
  2. Incident Reporting
  3. Research and Laboratory Inspection Process
  4. Important Documentation
  5. Conflict Resolution


12:00pm          Working Lunch

12:30pm          Module IV

EHS Roles and Responsibilities

EHS Safety Concepts and Regulations

Resource Awareness and Education

Discussion and Q&A                                      

2:00pm            Conclusion/Summary


            Action Items

            Follow-up Expectations