Institutional Laboratory Safety Committee
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 Explosive Materials (Defined by 27 CFR 555.11)]
- 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.
Designated by the Vice President of Research on recommendation from the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety from the 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.
2022-23 Membership Roster
Dr. Dimitri Pappas, Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Gordon Christopher, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Dominick Casadonte, Faculty, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Donald Docimo, Faculty, Mechanical Engineering
Mr. Ayman Ghonim, Staff, Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Joaquin Gonzales, Faculty, Kinesiology and Sport Management
Dr. Lauren Gollahon, Faculty, Biological Sciences
Mr. Gary Henniger - Community Member, Bayer Crop Science
Dr. Chijuan Hu, Faculty, Chemical Engineering
Ms. LaQuetta Purkiss, Staff, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mr. Shane Scoggin, Staff, Nutritional Sciences
Dr. Ernest Smith, Faculty, Environmental Toxicology
Mr. Von Venhuizen - Faculty, Art
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Mr. Todd Germain, Chemical Hygiene Officer, Environmental Health & Safety
Ex Officio Members
Mr. Matthew Looney, Radiation Safety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety
Mrs. Rebecca Maloney, Biological Safety Officer, Environmental Health & Safety
Mr. Matt Roe, Chemical Hygiene Officer & Assistant Vice President for Environmental Health & Safety
Dr. Alice Young, Faculty, Office of the Vice President for Research
Monthly during the regular semesters. For the date and time of the next scheduled meeting, please contact Environmental Health & Safety.
Fall 2023 to be announced.