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Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety

To promote, create, and maintain a safe and healthful campus environment

Animal welfare:

  • Provides staff member to serve on IACUC to:
    • Review and register use of any viruses, bacteria, parasites, as appropriate, for submitted protocols
    • Review and register use of any toxic chemicals, carcinogens, other toxins, as appropriate, for submitted protocols
    • Refer relevant protocols to Biosafety Subcommittee
  • Provides training resource in the Occupational Health and Safety Program for animal researchers
  • Provides assessment of safety risks within animal facilities and laboratories
  • Provides assessment of safety risks in animal housing

Biosafety/Recombinant and Synthetic DNA Molecules:

  • Serves as the primary technical resource for the University research community regarding environmental health and safety policies, procedures, and regulatory issues
  • Provides staff to serve on Radiation Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and IACUC
  • Executes enforcement actions as prescribed by institutional policy or committee decision
  • Conducts special risk assessments and provides recommendations on appropriate practices and facilities to conduct research safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Conducts periodic review of research facilities and/or procedures to ensure compliance (IACUC only)
  • Provides operational and/or technical support for research activities that require monitoring, tracking, decontamination, or disposal of potentially hazardous and/or regulated materials
  • Identifies training resources for the University research community
  • Identifies, monitors, and interprets local, state, and federal agency actions related to environmental health and safety for implementation within the University research community
  • Develops draft policies/procedures for oversight committee review
  • Provides an annual report of activities to the Vice President for Administrative Services

Conflict of interest:

Data and safety monitoring: N/A

Education and training:

  • Identifies training resources for the University research community

Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety:

  • Serves as the primary technical resource for the University research community regarding environmental health and safety policies, procedures, and regulatory issues
  • Provides staff to serve on Radiation Safety Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and IACUC
  • Executes enforcement actions as prescribed by institutional policy or committee decision
  • Conducts special risk assessments and provides recommendations on appropriate practices and facilities to conduct research safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Conducts periodic review of research facilities and/or procedures to ensure compliance (IACUC only)
  • Provides operational and/or technical support for research activities that require monitoring, tracking, decontamination, or disposal of potentially hazardous and/or regulated materials
  • Identifies training resources for the University research community
  • Identifies, monitors, and interprets local, state, and federal agency actions related to environmental health and safety for implementation within the University research community
  • Develops draft policies/procedures for oversight committee review
  • Provides an annual report of activities to the Vice President for Administrative Services

Financial management of research: N/A

Human gene transfer:

  • Serves as the primary technical resource for the University research community regarding policies, procedures, and regulatory issues in human gene transfer
  • Supports the institution research activities that require decontamination, or disposal of potentially hazardous and/or regulated material
  • Provides emergency response assistance to spills or other critical events involving potentially hazardous and/or regulated materials
  • Identifies training resources. In particular, supports the activities and membership of the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • Conducts special risk assessments and provides recommendations on appropriate practices and facilities to conduct research safely and in compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Provides operational and/or technical support for the University research community
  • Identifies, monitors, and interprets local, state, and federal agency actions related to human gene transfer for implementation within the University research community

Human subjects:

  • Refers safety issues regarding human subject research to the IRB as they arise

Human tissue samples: N/A

Patents and inventions: N/A

Radiation safety:

  • Department personnel serve on the Radiation Safety Committee

Sponsored projects administration:

  • Interprets policy in this compliance area
  • Takes action on non-compliance (notification of deficiency or delinquency to project director, notification to internal officials, and intervention as necessary to assure compliance)
  • Communicates and coordinates with OSP to inform of specific institutional compliance programs in place for specific projects prior to proposal submission
Last Updated: 5/11/17