Chemical Safety Committee
The Committee reports to the EVPR on matters related to the use of chemicals that may be hazardous in the research, clinical and educational activities of UTHealth. Hazardous chemicals are defined as substances which are potential physical or health hazards by exhibiting harmful characteristics such as toxicity, reactivity or flammability. The Environmental Health and Safety Department is the monitoring and effector arm of the Chemical Committee. Specific charges to the Committee include the following:
To recommend to the EVPR policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of all individuals within UTHealth.
To recommend to the EVPR policies and procedures to ensure UTHealth'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 UTHealth's research, clinical and educational programs.
To certify investigators, their laboratories and their programs for work with hazardous chemicals. Designated high-risk activities may not proceed without the written consent of the Committee.
To recommend to the EVPR the need for general and specific training programs for research, clinical and teaching activities dealing with hazardous chemicals, and to review the appropriateness and effectiveness of such UTHealth's training programs.
To submit reports, at least annually, to the EVPR recommending measures to control potential chemical hazards and to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations.
Designated by the President on recommendation from the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR) from the membership.
All members must have appropriate experience and an active research program involving the use of chemicals. The membership shall include at least:
- One faculty representative from the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health;
- Two faculty representatives from the School of Dentistry; and
- One student member, and four faculty representatives from the Medical School.
- Additional faculty members may be appointed by the President as deemed necessary to provide adequate expertise and size as dictated by the issues and work encountered and as recommended by the Committee. Such members shall be selected to reflect the degree of research activity involving potential chemical hazards at various UTHealth Schools.
Ex Officio Membership (without vote)
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee
Executive Vice President for Research
Executive Director, Environmental Health and Safety
Manager, Chemical Safety
Manager, Environmental Protection
Additional faculty members providing invaluable expertise
Terms of Membership
Staggered three-year terms with one term expiring each year.
2014 – 2015 Membership Roster
Chair: Dr. Donald Molony, Faculty, Medical School
Vice Chair: Dr. Zheng Chen, Faculty, Medical School
Terms Expire August 31, 2015
Dr. Donald Molony, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Zheng Chen, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Thomas Gomez, Faculty, Animal Care
Dr. Inkyu Han, Faculty, School of Public Health
Dr. Syed Hashmi, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Jennifer E. Sanner, Faculty, School of Nursing
Terms Expire August 31, 2016
Dr. Karen Posey, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Clark Whitmire, Faculty, School of Dentistry
Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven, Faculty, School of Dentistry
Dr. Pei-Ying Chuang, Faculty, School of Nursing
Dr. Arch Carson, Faculty, School of Public Health
Dr. Kai Zhang, Faculty, School of Public Health
Ex Officio Members
Dr. George Stancel, Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs
Dr. Robert Emery, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
Dr. Scott Patlovich, Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Dr. William Bryan, Manager, Chemical Safety Program
Mr. Alan Lucas, Manager, Environmental Protection Program
CYF Training Room
Contact EH&S at 713 500 8100 for information on current meeting agenda items
Some topics discussed within university health science center safety committees meet the definition of a “medical committee” as defined under the Texas Health and Safety Code Title 2, Subtitle H Chapter 161, Subchapter D Sec. 161.031, and as such, the meeting minutes are confidential (Sec. 161.032).