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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 dealwith 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) organize regular training, the Safety Coordinator Bootcamps Series.

The Safety Coordinator Bootcamp is a one-day program that connects safety goals identified by units with learning modules and practical exercises.  Future bootcamp trainings will be posted here as times and dates are determined.

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  • Coffee & Conversation:  Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) has been partnering with different research departments on campus to host informal Q&A events.  We can come and answer any questions that you may have or consult on an EHS-related topic of your choice (e.g. commissioning & decommissioning process).  Would your department like to host an information session?  Please contact us to arrange a time and date.

  • Inaugural Safety Committee Summit (March 19, 2018) Palmer Commons

    • Purpose:

      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.


      Program:  Available upon request

  • Safety Coordinator Bootcamp Training

    • Program Overview: The Safety Coordinator Bootcamp is a one-day program that connects safety goals identified by units with learning modules and practical exercises.  Bootcamps are offered for Safety Coordinators designated through their Units/Departments/Safety Committees.  Participants will examine the roles and responsibilities of a Safety Coordinator, discuss challenges and explore problem-solving measures and learn specific activities for Safety Coordinators that are central to maintaining a vital safety program in their unit.

    • Programs:  Available upon request