Hazardous Materials Committee
Chair – Susan Bernacki
EHS Staff Contact – Ken Kretchman

Institutional Biosafety Committee
Chair – Matt Koci
EHS Staff Contact – Darren Treml

Occupational Safety and Health Council
Chair – Antonio Planchart
EHS Staff Contact – Ken Kretchman

Radiation Safety Committee
Chair – Antonio Planchart
EHS Staff Contact – Amy Orders

Reactor Safety and Audit Committee
Chair – Nam DInh
EHS Staff Contact – Amy Orders

Unit Safety Committees

Unit Safety Committees – Responsibilities

 Unit Safety Committees are safety committees at the college level which represent and assist their colleges / departments in carrying out the university safety mission.  A least one member from each department in a college should serve as a member of the college college safety committee,. For non academic unit safety committees, representation from the various department functions should be included in the committee makeup.  A mix of supervision and non supervisory members is also encouraged. The chairs of the unit safety committees represent their committee on the university Occupational Safety and Health Council (OSHC), which is the parent safety committee for the university.  The OSHC received an annual “charge” from the Chancellor to address and issue or issues of broad concern.  The unit safety committees work towards addressing the charge, along with items they determine important for their college/ department.  Committees should meet at least 3 times per academic year.  In addition, unit safety committees work with the Environmental Health and Safety Department (EHS) to assist their work units in the following manner:

  • In conjunction with EHS, review work-related injuries, illnesses, and near misses and determines if root causes and corrective actions are appropriate.  Assist in sharing corrective actions to others in their college/department. Works cooperatively with EHS to share lessons learned with other university groups as appropriate.
  • Obtains / shares information from/to EHS for review of incident trends in their college / department.
  • Assists their departments in ensuring the safety plans and self assessments are updated at a minimum annually  or on a more frequent basis as required by regulatory codes, standards, or university requirements.
  • Conduct inspections or participate in work area inspections conducted by EHS.  Inspections should include interaction / interviews with employees in the work area.
  • Assists department heads as appropriate in receiving safety or health hazard concerns, sharing with EHS, and help ensuring that corrective actions are implemented.
  • Unit committee chair receives annual update on the University work related injury and illness statistics and provide feedback and recommendation for improvements to the university injury and illness prevention programs.

Representative – Bob Erickson

Campus Enterprises
Representative – Keith Smith

College of Ag and Life Sciences
Representative – Robert Franks

College of Design
Representative – Jim Dean

College of Engineering
Representative – George Martell

Colleges of Natural Resources (Forestry)
Representative – Linda Taylor

College of Science
Representative – William Showers

College of Textiles
Representative – Emiel DenHartog / David Hinks

Facilities Division
Representative – Doug Morton

Representative – Scott Scherer

University Libraries
Representative – Greg Tourino

Veterinary Medicine
Representative – Phillip Sannes