Safety Accountability Leads and Safety Committees

Safety Accountability Leads (SAL)

The SAL is designated by the dean(s) of their unit and will:

  • Ensure oversight of the implementation of the research safety initiative for their respective unit.
  • Coordinate and engage with Unit Safety committee chair on priorities of the safety initiative to ensure planning and resources are in place as needed.
  • Resolve issues that the Unit Safety committee brings for assistance
  • Engage with the Research and Academic Safety Committee as needed to resolve issues or discuss ways to enhance safety across campus.

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 Accountability Leads Member Roster
Name Unit Affiliation
Rachael Henry A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Matt Bierl Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
Amie Frank College of Engineering
Ken Kollman Institute for Social Research
Cathy Andrews Life Science Institute
Myron Campbell Literature, Science, and the Arts
Jacqueline Jeruss Medical School
Josh Chenier School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Bill Currie School of Environment & Sustainability
Vesa Kaartinen School of Dentistry
Greg Cartee School of Kinesiology
TBD School of Nursing
Duxin Sun College of Pharmacy
John Meeker School of Public Health
Rogerio Pinto School of Social Work
Michael Imperiale Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

University-Wide Oversight Committee

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).

The 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.
Unit safety committees are encouraged to meet at least quarterly. These meetings provide a forum for discussion of safety issues and include local problem-solving.

Unit Safety Committees Chair Roster

Name Unit Affiliation
Rachel Henry A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Sarah Weiss Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

Andre Boehman

Kevin Maki

College of Engineering
Thomas Madden Institute for Social Research
David Sherman Life Science Institute
Corey Stephenson Literature, Science, and the Arts
Paul Jenkins Medical School
Jeffrey Kuras School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Johannes Foufopoulos

Sucilia Fernandes – co-chair

School of Environment & Sustainability

Yuji Mishina

Tao Jin

School of Dentistry

Adam Kraft

Jacob Haus

School of Kinesiology
TBD School of Nursing

Vicki Ellingrod

Nicole Crandall

College of Pharmacy
John Meeker School of Public Health
Jerome Rork School of Social Work

Luis Hernandez-Garcia

Scott Peltier

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Nicole Crandall Health Science
Vaughn Haack Mcity
Marieka Kaye University Library

 

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Research and Academic Safety Committee


The U-M Research and Academic Safety Committee is the main oversight committee for the Research Smart initiative, and membership includes faculty, staff, student, trainee and administrative levels from research areas across the university, as well as representation from EHS, OVPR and the Provost’s Office.

The committee focuses on the 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 and advises the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Department of Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) on university policies for implementation of federal and state research safety regulations.
The Research and Academic Safety Committee also 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.

 

Karl Jepsen – Chair
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering
Affiliation – Medical School
James Burkel
Assistant Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Affiliation – Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Chris Gordon
Director – Wilson Student Team Projects Center
Affiliation – College of Engineering
Danielle Sheen
Executive Director – Environment, Health & Safety
Affiliation – Facilities & Operations; Environment, Health & Safety
Jackie Hoats Shields
Associate Director – Research Safety Compliance
Affiliation – Office of Research – Research Policy & Compliance; Research Safety Compliance
James Morrissey
Professor, Biological Chemistry and Internal Medicine
Affiliation – Biological Chemistry; Medical School
 Janet Follo
Manager – Environment, Health & Safety
Affiliation – Facilities & Operations; Environment, Health & Safety
John Meeker
Professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Research
Affiliation – School of Public Health
Kevin Ferrell
Program Manager – LRSI
Affiliation – Facilities & Operations; Environment, Health & Safety
Lorraine Currie
Director of Enterprise Strategic Risk Management
Affiliation – Office of Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Business & Finance
Nathaniel Szymzak
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Affiliation – College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Peter von Buelow
Professor of Architecture
Affiliation – School of Architecture
Vicki Ellingrod
Professor of College of Pharmacy, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Affiliation – College of Pharmacy
William Greer
Assistant Vice President, Animal Program Compliance Oversight
Affiliation – Office of Research; Animal Care & Use Office