Texas Tech University

Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee

Charge

The Committee reports to the Vice President for Research and Innovation on matters related to the use of chemicals and physical hazards that may be hazardous in the research, studios and educational activities of Texas Tech University. Hazardous chemicals are defined as substances which are potential physical or health hazards by exhibiting harmful characteristics such as toxicity, reactivity or flammability. Specific charges to the Committee include the following:

  • To recommend to the Vice President for Research and Innovation policies and procedures to ensure Texas Tech University's compliance with all federal, state and local statutes, regulations, procedures and principles relating to the purchase, storage, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals used in Texas Tech University's research, studio and educational programs.
  • To certify investigators, their laboratories and their programs for work with energetic materials.
  • To produce and update the University Chemical Hygiene Plan and oversee its implementation in the research and teaching work areas  of Texas Tech University.
  • To review and recommend to Environmental Health & Safety the need for general and specific training programs for research, studio and teaching activities dealing with hazardous chemicals, and to review the appropriateness and effectiveness of such training programs.

Committee Composition

Chair

Designated by the Vice President of Research on recommendation from the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety from the membership.

Membership

The term of membership for full members is staggered three-year terms with one term expiring each year. The membership shall include at least:

  • A minimum of three (3) faculty members active or knowledgeable in the use of chemical reagents
  • A minimum of one (1) faculty member active or knowledgeable in the use of energetic materials
  • A minimum of two (2) faculty members who are non-users of chemical or energetic materials
  • A minimum of one staff member knowledgeable in the use of chemical and/or energetic materials
  • A member of the local regulatory community

Ex officio (without vote) members include the Associate Vice President for Research (Research Integrity), Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety, Laboratory Safety Section Manager and other faculty members who may offer valuable insight based on expertise.

2018 – 2019 Membership Roster

Chair

Dr. Dimitri Pappas, Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Terms Expire August 31, 2019

Dr. Dominick Casadonte, Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Michael Findlater, Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Chijuan Hu, Faculty, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Jacalyn McComb, Faculty, Kinesiology & Sport Management
Dr. Michelle Pantoya, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Shaikh Rahman, Faculty, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Ernest Smith, Faculty, Environmental Toxicology
Ms. LaQuetta Purkiss, Staff, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Terms Expire August 31, 2020

Ms. Andrea Krieg, Staff - Animal & Food Sciences
Dr. Ruth Serra-Moreno, Faculty - Biology
Dr. Brenda Rodgers, Faculty - Biology
Mr. Gary Henniger - Community Member, Bayer Crop Science

Terms Expire August 31, 2021

Mr. Von Venhuizen - Faculty, Art
Mr. Jared Roberts - Staff, Theater and Dance
Dr. Callum Hetherington - Faculty, Geosciences
Dr. Gordon Christopher – Faculty, Mechanical Engineering

Chemical Safety Specialist

Mr. Jared Martin - University Chemical Hygiene Officer, Laboratory Safety Section Manager, Environmental Health & Safety

Ex Officio Members

Ms. Jennifer Horn, J.D. - Managing Director of Export and Security Compliance
Dr. Alice Young, Faculty, Associate Vice President for Research
Mr. Matt Roe, Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety

Meeting Frequency

Monthly. For the date and time of the next scheduled meeting, please contact Environmental Health & Safety.

Environmental Health & Safety