The Environmental Health and Safety Committee serves as the University’s chief advisory board on matters pertaining to environmental health and safety. The committee has a diverse membership appointed by the Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer (VPA/CFO). Members represent the Administration, faculty and staff collective bargaining units, and students, and is made up of at least as many employee members as employer members. The number of employee members may be greater than the number of employer members. The Committee shall meet quarterly, as mandated by CT General Statue 31-40v, “Establishment of Safety and Health Committees by Certain Employers,” to fulfill its functions and responsibilities. It is charged with:
- Recommending to the Administration the establishment of appropriate health and safety committees, and reviewing their activities to assure effectiveness;
- Monitoring the effectiveness of the University’s health and safety program by reviewing accident and incident reports, policies, and other health and safety activities, as appropriate;
- Advising the President, through the VPA/CFO, on health and safety matters requiring major risk acceptance in University operations;
- Adjudicating any differences that arise between faculty and staff and the staff of EHS;
- Meeting at least quarterly to fulfill the Workers’ Compensation Commission requirement for a Safety and Health Committee to promote a safe and healthful environment for the entire campus community;
- Apprising the VPA/CFO of all Committee issues under discussion.
Kathleen Sanner , Chair CEUI, NP2 Vacant AAUP Carol Millette AFSCME Ryan Bangham Dining Services Rob Passmore Dining Services (Alternate) Vacant Environmental Health and Safety Anthony Weston Facilities Operations and Building Services Aris Ristau Facilities Operations and Building Services Vacant Graduate Student Senate Brian Gore PAES Construction Management Hans Rhynhart Police Department Patrick Selburg Protective Services Shad Ahmed Public Safety, Emergency Management Vacant Purchasing Lisa Mieszkowicz Procurement Services Vacant Residential Life Vacant Student Health Services Paul Kalajian CEUI, NP2 Richard Miller, Ex-Officio Environmental Policy, Office of Vacant, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety, Director Teresa Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety Services, Executive Director Dawn Kemp, Secretary Environmental Health and Safety Jay Hickey, Ex-Officio Faculty and Staff Labor Relations Steven Marrote, Ex-Officio Logistical Administration Vivian Cadenhead, Ex-Officio Payroll, Workers' Compensation Alicia Huckle Hartford Campus Craig Wallet Waterbury/Torrington campus Jeff DeWitt Stamford campus Ben Roccapriore Avery Point campus
The Chemical Hygiene Committee (CHC) meets at least four times during the academic year. The CHC monitors and provides input on the Chemical Hygiene Plan, which stipulates all workplace practices policies and procedures intended to minimize hazardous chemical exposure to students, faculty, and staff working in a laboratory environment. The committee reports to the Vice President for Research and is composed of members from representative departments operating laboratories (research and teaching) in which hazardous chemicals are used, and representatives from the Environmental Health and Safety and Research Compliance Services. Members are appointed for a two year term and may be reappointed. The Chairperson is elected by a majority of the Committee members for a two year run.
Doug Adamson Chemistry/IMS Mary Anne Amalaradjou Animal Science Lawrence Armstrong Kinesiology Robin Bogner , Chair Pharmaceutical Sciences Christian Bruckner Chemistry Paul Bureau Continuing Studies Wesley Byerly, Ex-Officio Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs Ock Chun Nutritional Sciences Teresa Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety Jonathan Drasdis Civil Engineering Paul Ferri, Ex-Officio Office of Environmental Policy Charlene Fuller Chemistry Peter Menard, Vice Chair Center for Clean Energy Engineering Stefan Wawzyniecki Environmental Health and Safety Brian Willis Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Dennis Wright Pharmaceutical Sciences Cindy Hall, Committee Secretary Environmental Health and Safety
The University of Connecticut Laser Safety Committee (LSC) is the principal technical advisory body for all laser safety issues for the Storrs and regional campuses. The LSC, within the scope of its responsibilities, shall define and evaluate laser safety compliance with all appropriate Federal and State regulations, and University of Connecticut policies and procedures. The Committee may, as needed, draw upon member and guest subject matter expertise to assist in evaluation of unique laser safety situations. The Committee reports to the Vice President for Research (VPR).
Duties and responsibilities of the committee are:
1. Establish and maintain adequate policies and practices for the evaluation and control of laser hazards within the University.
2. Make recommendations for appropriate laser safety training programs and materials and standard operating procedures.
3. Maintain an awareness of all applicable new or revised laser safety standards.
4. Facilitate compliance within their respective Departments with laser safety standards, including federal and state regulations, and non-regulatory standards as outlined in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z136 series of laser safety standards.
5. Review reports from the Laser Safety Officer (LSO) or other individuals with delegated responsibilities for health and safety practices of the University involving laser radiation sources, including personnel training records, laser hazard control measures, laser safety inspections, and other matters concerning use and operational hazards of lasers.
6. Assist in investigating alleged infractions of safety rules or improper use of laser equipment brought to its attention by the LSO or other responsible personnel, and recommend remedial action to correct such infractions.
The University of Connecticut Laser Safety Committee will consist of members with expertise in laser technology or in the assessment of laser hazards representing departments possessing Class 3B or Class 4 lasers. The Chair and Department representatives are appointed or removed by, and the committee is directly responsible to, the VPR. A representative from the University’s Administration and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety shall be ex officio members. Ex officio members are non-voting members attending in a permanent advisory capacity. The LSO or Deputy LSO, if one is appointed by the LSO, shall be a voting member of the committee. Members are appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed. Meetings The LSC shall meet a minimum of twice per year. A quorum will consist of at least fifty percent of all appointed Committee members. The LSC Secretary shall be appointed by the VPR. Approved minutes of LSC meetings will be submitted to the VPR
Wesley Byerly, Ex-Officio Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs, AVP for Research Amy Courchesne Environmental Health and Safety, Manager/LSO Terri Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety, Director George Gibson, Chair Physics, Professor Jordan Greco Chemistry, Student, PhD Program Patrick Kumavor Biomedical Engineering, Assistant Professor Brendan Pratt, Vice Chair Physics, Student, PhD Program Brianna Sullivan Environmental Health and Safety, Senior Specialist/DLSO J. Evan Ward Marine Sciences, Professor Terri Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety, Director Jing Zhao Chemistry, Assistant Professor Cindy Hall Environmental Health and Safety, Committee Secretary
The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) ensures that the University is in compliance with radiation safety regulations issued by Federal and State agencies and with University policies. The RSC establishes radiation protection policies; and provides direction to the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) on radiation safety matters. The RSC reviews the ionizing radiation safety program for radiation sources at the University. Instances of alleged program infraction are reviewed with the RSO and the responsible individuals. According to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the RSC is the local authority having jurisdiction over ionizing radiation sources and activities at all University of Connecticut campuses with the exception of the Health Center, which has its own operational program.
The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) members are appointed by University Administration and include representatives of the UConn radiation research community, in addition to representation from the University’s Administration. The Radiation Safety Officer is a member of the Committee. Members are appointed for a three-year term and may be reappointed. The Chairperson is elected by a majority of the Committee members for a three-year term. The Committee shall meet at least four times each year.
Nathan Alder, Chair Molecular & Cell Biology David Grant, Vice Chair Pharmaceutical Sciences Amy Courchesne Environmental Health and Safety Terri Dominguez, Ex-Officio Environmental Health and Safety Rahul Kanadia Physiology & Neurobiology Rachel O'Neill Molecular & Cell biology Ji-Young Lee Nutritional Sciences James Mahoney CT Transportation Institute Wesley Byerly, Ex-Officio Research Integrity & Regulatory Affairs