The Biohazard Committee approves, provides guidance for and oversees all research activities involving the use of viral, bacterial, parasitic, rickettsial or fungal agents, as well as research involving prion diseases. The committee’s primary focus is on research that requires a Biosafety Level (BSL) or 2 or 3 containment. The committee can also review and provide guidance for research involving BSL-1 agents, blood or other bodily fluids. The committee reviews protocols, inspects and approves laboratory spaces for biological research and ensures personnel receive appropriate training.
Chemical Hygience Committee
The Chemical Hygiene Committee was created to comply with the OSHA Laboratory Standard. The Chemical Hygiene Committee is a subcommittee of the University Safety Committee and is comprised of faculty from a variety of departments that have laboratory operations that use hazardous chemicals.
The committee was formed to oversee chemical hygiene plan implementation and assists with ensuring the safe use of chemicals in university research activities. The chemical hygiene plan stipulates work practices, policies and procedures intended to minimize hazardous chemical exposure to laboratory workers. The committee reviews newly completed chemical hygiene plans and the university boilerplate chemical hygiene plan to determine its continued effectiveness in preventing chemical exposure and to ensure continued compliance with existing standards and regulations.
Institutional Biosafety Committee for Recombinant DNA Activities
The Institutional Biosafety Committee for Recombinant DNA Activities reviews and approves research activities that involve recombinant DNA. Approvals are based on compliance with the National Institute of Health (NIH) Guidelines and other applicable federal regulations. The committee also conducts annual reviews of all approved research activities for changes and compliance with the NIH guidelines.
Radiation Safety Committee
The Radiation Safety Committee is responsible for overseeing USU’s use of licensed radioactive material, x-ray producing equipment and class 3B and 4 laser equipment. Committee functions include assuring personnel, public and environmental safety from radiation and compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.
Risk Control Committee
The Risk Control Committee has many responsibilities:
- Identify, evaluate and recommend solutions for risk exposures.
- Review and certify risk management and self-inspection findings.
- Review inspection and other reports from the state’s Division of Risk Management and prioritize proposed recommendations for university management or administrative resolution.
- Review university worker’s compensation reports and make appropriate recommendations for deducing accidents and claims.
- Recommend disciplinary and/or corrective action for employees who violate safety standards.
- Develop policies related to risk reduction and accident prevention and recommend adoption by university administration.
- Review loss control findings not adequately resolved by departments and recommend actions.
- Conduct an annual review or evaluation of the university’s risk reduction efforts and provide the report to the Division of Risk Management.
- Perform other pertinent duties of a Risk Control Committee as may be needed by the university.
The Safety Committee reviews and approves or disapproves all policies and procedures that relate to radiation, chemical and occupational safety at the university.