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Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

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.

Committee Composition

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.

2015 – 2016 Membership Roster

Chair: Dr. Donald Molony, Faculty, Medical School
Vice Chair:  Dr. Zheng Chen, Faculty, Medical School

Terms Expire August 31, 2016

Dr. Donald Molony (Chair), Medical School
Dr. Jennifer Sanner, School of Nursing
Dr. Karen Posey, Medical School
Dr. Clark Whitmire, School of Dentistry

Terms Expire August 31, 2017

Dr. Thomas Gomez, Animal Care
Dr. Arch Carson, School of Public Health
Dr. Inkyu Han, School of Public Health
Dr. Syed Hashmi, Medical School

Terms Expire August 31, 2018

Dr. Ransome van der Hoeven, School of Dentistry
Dr. Kai Zhang, School of Public Health
Dr. Pei-Ying Chuang, School of Nursing
Mr. Suyang Liu, Student, 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

Useful Links

Submitting an application (Link)
Chemical Safety Hygiene Plan (PDF)

Meeting Location

CYF Training Room

Meeting Frequency

Alternating months

Meeting Agenda

Contact EH&S at 713 500 8100 for information on current meeting agenda items

Meeting minutes

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).