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University Health and Safety Committees

Environmental Safety and Risk Management Committee

In the fall of 2000, the Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) was reconstituted as the Environmental, Safety and Risk Management Committee (ESRM) and the scope was broadened to include environmental health and safety issues as well as visitor and contractor safety, pollution prevention, building security systems, fleet safety, University-sponsored off-campus programs, special events and athletic events.

The ESRM committee is responsible for developing policy and procedures to improve oversight of these areas from a safety and risk management perspective.  It is also responsible for establishing written institutional policies and guidelines,determining acceptable levels of risk for the institution, approving and endorsing training and audit procedures to ensure compliance with policies, and providing guidance to the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, the Department of Risk Management, the Department of Public Safety, and individual academic and administrative departments.  The committee  performs regular reviews of incident statistics including workers' compensation losses, automobile accidents, visitor injuries, property losses, fires/false alarms, and provides periodic reports of the status of the University's safety and risk management efforts in these areas.

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is a subcommittee of the Environmental Safety and Risk Management Committee (ESRM). The RSC is responsible for oversight of the University’s radiation safety program, grants authorization to principal investigators and other senior staff members who plan to work with radioactive materials, reviews incidents involving radioactive materials, sets policies for the use of sources of radiation and gives general supervision to the implementation of those policies.

The RSC is chaired by a senior faculty member and is comprised of various faculty members, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety, the University Radiation Safety Officer and other relevant personnel.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is responsible for ensuring appropriate care and use of animals involved in the University’s research and educational activities. The Committee is also responsible for University compliance with mandated federal policies and procedures governing the care and welfare of animals.

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee is a subcommittee of the University Research Board and consists of nine members appointed by the President: five members of the faculty or professional research staff from the natural sciences, a faculty member from a non-scientific area, a veterinarian, an individual not affiliated with the University, and an administrator from the Office of Research and Project Administration. The University Sanitarian and staff members responsible for maintaining animal facilities are also invited to sit with the Committee.

Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee is responsible for the review and oversight of research activities in the life sciences. The purview of the Committee includes all activities involving artificially recombinant DNA and use of other potentially biohazardous materials.

The Biosafety Committee is a subcommittee of the University Research Board and consists of ten members. The President appoints five members of the faculty or professional research staff and two individuals from the local community not affiliated with the University. Three additional members are the Director of University Health Services, the University Sanitarian, and a University administrator appointed by the chair of the University Research Board. The mayor and borough council appoint two individuals (not affiliated with the University) as liaison representatives.


       
       
     

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