Research Safety First, Safety Everyday

Safety, in all academic and research endeavors throughout campus, is a core institutional value at the University of Michigan. Exceptional research means safe research and all campus community members working to ensure that safety is prioritized in U-M research environments every day. The dedication of U-M’s research community is essential to keeping research safe and for elevating the university’s reputation as a global leader in research and scholarship. Thanks to the efforts of researchers and administrators, the university has made tremendous strides toward improving research safety since the launch of the safety initiative.

Research and Academic Safety Committee Goals

The RASC’s overall mission is to enhance the culture of research Safety on the Ann Arbor Campus via a continuous improvement model that is collaborative in nature as an ongoing effort.

Individual goals to support culture enhancement including knowledge sharing for enterprise
  • Ensure leadership is demonstrating safety is a core value of the institution through a consistent and visible commitment to the Research Safety First Initiative.
  • Follow a campus-wide approach to overall consistency toward enhancing the safety culture while allowing for flexibility within the implementation within units to best meet their needs and serve their communities.
  • Promote an environment where safety is a consideration in decision making.
  • Ensure that the U-M research community has a voice, and feels safe, as well as equipped, to report any safety issues or concerns.
  • Ensure that the U-M research community fully understands their roles and responsibilities with regard to safety and receives the necessary knowledge to perform their job safely.
  • Ensure that the feedback loop on identified safety issues and concerns is closed in a timely and sustainable manner and that units are implementing their safety accountability processes when necessary.
  • Position EHS as a resource for safety information and consultation for the research community.
  • Promote the reporting of incidents and near misses that occur on our campus and share lessons learned broadly to create an environment where reporting is safe and others can benefit from the experience to prevent future occurrences.
  • Promote the sharing of best practices around research safety across the campus community.
  • Prioritize the analysis of the reduction of research burden in all of our activities.
  • Promote excellence in research and academic safety performance.
  • Collaborate with Flint and Dearborn campuses to share resources and future plans for the Ann Arbor campus and discuss how their campuses can leverage this guidance to enhance their culture.

The Research and Academic Safety Committee invites the U-M Research Community to participate in a safety initiative survey. The U-M community’s feedback helps us continue to strengthen U-M’s culture of research and laboratory safety, ensuring all faculty, staff and trainees work and thrive in a safe environment.



Through their research and creative work in science, engineering, health, social science, humanities, public policy and the arts, universities seek a better understanding of ourselves and the world around us.

As a public university, the University of Michigan has a special obligation to ensure that society benefits from the knowledge, insights and other products that arise. The translation of intellectual work to public benefit can take many paths, including undergraduate and graduate education, papers and books, clinical practice, technology licensing and works of art.

Through these processes, universities serve as the foundation of our nation’s economic vitality and quality of life. U-M is committed to enhancing and accelerating the transfer of the results of its work to the public good.