This summer the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering formed a Laboratory Safety Committee to provide faculty and staff input on environmental health and safety concerns specific to the university’s laboratories.
The 2009-2010 committee members are:
- Colin Brownlow, laboratory safety officer, (651) 962-6533
- Dalma Martinovic, Biology, (651) 962-5233
- Joseph Brom, Chemistry, (651) 962-5578
- Melva Cain, Chemistry, (651) 962-5579
- John Angeli, Engineering, (651) 962-5767
- Erik Smith, Geology, (651) 962-5272
- Jon-Erik Hokenson, Physics, (651) 962-5218
- Roxanne Prichard, Psychology, (651) 962-5043
The committee meets once a month to discuss and work on environmental health and safety issues.
The committee’s current projects include:
- Review of ongoing laboratory safety audit findings to address common concerns
- Preparation of written safety programs to address high-voltage safety, machine tool operation, optical safety and biosafety in laboratories
- Review of current and preparation of new department- and school-specific environmental health and safety training for faculty, staff and students
- Examination of issues related to students, staff and faculty with pre-existing conditions that may affect their health and safety in laboratories
- Development of guidelines for the proper disposal of stains, gels and buffers used in biology procedures.
If you would like to learn more about the Laboratory Safety Committee or have a laboratory-related environmental health and safety concern that you would like to bring to the committee’s attention, contact any of the committee members.