Texas Tech University

Institutional Biosafety and Hazardous Materials Committee

TTU Environmental Health & Safety Guidelines and Forms

Charge:

An Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is required at institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research involving recombinant DNA molecules. All recombinant DNA research at TTU, regardless of funding source, must be conducted in accordance with the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules and must be registered with the TTU IBC.

The TTU IBC is further charged with reviewing and approving research conducted with microorganisms pathogenic to humans, plants, or animals and substances that are known to exhibit unusual acute or long-term chronic health hazards (carcinogens, reproductive toxins and highly acutely toxic pressurized gases). This review is conducted pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/NIH publication, Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories (currently in 5th edition, 2007); and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) laboratory health standard Occupational Exposures to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories (29 CFR 1910.1450).

Membership:

The IBC is appointed by and reports to the Vice President for Research. The composition of the committee meets the requirements as specified in the NIH Guidelines which includes two community members that are not affiliated with TTU.

Appointment:

The members of the committee will be appointed by the Vice President for Research. Members of the committee, other than those specified by virtue of their position, will be nominated by the committee chairperson and Senior Associate Vice President for Research. Each member will serve a term of three years except when lesser terms may be required to maintain balanced membership and continuity of committee operations. Reappointments are permissible.

Operating Procedures:

The Environmental Health and Safety Department provides the necessary administrative support for the functions and business of the IBC. The TTU IBC will also provide guidance to the TTU research community regarding proper acquisition, handling, transfer, and disposal of potentially hazardous or regulated hazardous materials. Further information is provided in OP 74.05.

Chairperson:

The chairperson of the IBC is appointed by the VP for Research.

Meeting Times:

Meetings are held quarterly.

Institutional Biosafety and Hazardous Materials Committee
Presley, Steve (Committee Chair) The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) 2015
Ballou, Michael College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Animal and Food Sciences 2016
Carr, James College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences 2015
McCarthy, Rebecca College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Animal and Food Sciences 2015
Shi, Huazhong College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences 2016
Zhang, Hong College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences 2014
Zhang, Kai College of Arts and Sciences, Biological Sciences 2015
Quintela, Erick Community Representative: Texas Commission for Environmental Quality 2016
Weems, Neil Community Representative: City of Lubbock Environmental Management 2014
Ex-Officio Voting Members
Vacant Environmental Health and Safety Managing Director
Brooks, Tiffanie Animal Care Services Unit Supervisor
Roe, Matt Environmental Health and Safety Senior Safety Officer
Young, Alice Office of the Vice President for Research Research Integrity