Lab safety committee
Terms of reference
The Laboratory Safety Committee's (LSC) overall responsibility is to monitor the use of radionuclides, biohazardous materials, chemicals, lasers, x-rays and other safety issues related to teaching and research laboratories*. The Committee is advisory to the Vice-President, University Research, and to the Safety Office and provides the following functions:
- Oversee strategies to ensure ongoing and adequate surveillance, hazard identification, and risk evaluation of laboratory related activities
- Assess requirements for laboratory users training and laboratory safety procedures. Recommends revisions, when indicated
- Review reports related to laboratory safety services, activities, incidents, and interventions in laboratory areas. Recommends corrective actions, when indicated
- Maintain subcommittees based on areas of expertise to receive, review and approve reports and applications required by legislation and regulatory agencies
- Report as required to the Vice-President, University Research
- Appointments by Vice-President, University Research, in consultation with faculty deans:
8 - Faculty members with the following areas of laboratory expertise appointed for renewable three-year terms:
- 2 - radionuclides (subcommittee required)
- 2 - biohazards (subcommittee required)
- 2 - chemicals
- 2 - lasers and x-rays
2 – Faculty laboratory directors/managers - renewable three-year terms
Ex-officio members will include:
- Director, Health Services or designate
- Director, Office of Research Ethics or designate
- Director, Safety Office or designate
- Safety Officer, Safety Office
- Committee Chair is appointed by the Vice-President, University Research.
- Committee will meet at least annually and as required.
- The Safety Office will provide secretarial services to the Committee.