University Health and Safety Committees
Environmental Safety and Risk Management
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
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
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
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.