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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 membership includes 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 charge of the LRSC 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 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 Planningemail@example.com||Geoffrey Thun|
|Art and Design||artdes‐firstname.lastname@example.org||Peter Jansen|
|Institute for Social Research||ISRsafety@umich.edu||Jody Reynolds|
|Life Science Instituteemail@example.com||David Sherman|
|Music, Theatre, and Dance||SMTDsafety@umich.edu||Christian Rafidi|
|School for Environment and Sustainabilityfirstname.lastname@example.org||Rima Upchurch|
|Health Sciences Safety Committee (HSSC)||email@example.com|
|Dentistry||DENTreslabsafety@umich.edu||Yuji Mishina/Taocong Jin|
|Kinesiology||see HSSC||Pete Bodary/Jake Haus|
|Nursing||see HSSC||Erin Kahle/Janet Larson|
|Pharmacy||see HSSC||Nicole Crandall|
|Public Health||see HSSC||Jim Kennedy/John Meeker|
|Social Work||see HSSC||Rogerio Pinto|
|U-M Transportation Research Institute||umtri‐rls‐firstname.lastname@example.org||Carl Miller|
|U-M Energy Institute||PMLsafety@umich.edu||Bart Bartlett|
|Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagingemail@example.com||Luis Hernandez-Garcia|
Inaugural Safety Committee Summit
March 19, 2018
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.
SAFETY Committee summit ROSTER & Discussion notes