Safety Committees

University-Wide Oversight Committee

The U-M Research and Academic Safety Committee (RASC) 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 charge of the RASC 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.
The faculty-led RASC 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 RASC 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).

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.

Research and Academic Safety Committee Org Chart

Unit Safety Committees Roster

Name Unit

 Johannes Foufopoulos

Sucilia Fernandes – co-chair

SEAS

Adam Kraft

Jacob Haus

School of Kinesiology

Yuji Mishina

Tao Jin

School of Dentistry
 Sarah Weiss Stamps School of Art & Design
 Shannon Zachary University Library
 Vaughn Haack Mcity
 Jeffrey Kuras SMTD
 Paul Jenkins Medical School
 Nicole Crandall Health Science
 David Sherman LSI
 Dan Fischer School of Social Work
 Corey Stephenson LSA
 Jody Reynolds ISR
 Rachael Henry Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

 Jim Kennedy

John Meeker

School of Public Health

Vicki Ellingrod

Nicole Crandall

College of Pharmacy
 Debra Barton School of Nursing
 Thomas Armstrong College of Engineering

Luis Hernandez-Garcia

Scott Peltier

FMRI

 

Karl Jepsen – Chair
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering
Affiliation – Medical School
Catherine Shaw
Associate 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 – Environmental, Health & Safety
Affiliation – Facilities & Operations; Environmental, 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 – Environmental, Health & Safety
Affiliation – Facilities & Operations; Environmental, 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; Environmental, 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