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Laboratory Safety Committee

Purpose

The Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) provides guidance and administrative oversight of environmental health and safety issues associated with laboratory activities.  Through consideration of laboratory safety issues in a holistic manner, the LSC develops policies to reduce risks that are associated with laboratory operations.

Committee Minutes

Contact EH&S for LSC meeting minutes.

Committee Issues (Typical)

  • Reproductive Health
  • Laboratory closeout
  • Laboratory safety training
  • Hazardous materials procurement and inventory
  • Laboratory safety assessments

Major Regulatory Drivers:

  • OSHA
    • Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories
  • Washoe County District Health Department, Air Quality Management Division
    • Laboratory Hood Air Discharge Permit
  • Nevada State Fire Marshall
    • Fire and Life Safety; chemical inventories

Demographics:

No. of Members 7
No. of Academic Faculty 5
No. of Administrative Faculty 2
Meeting Frequency Twice each Fall and Spring Semester

Committee Contacts

Committee Chair

Devicharan Chidambaram, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering
University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: (775) 784-7066
dcc@unr.edu

Committee Members

Iain Buxton, Ph.D. , Pharm.D.
Radiation Safety Committee Chair
Professor, Pharmacology
University of Nevada, Reno
Phone: (775) 784-4800
ibuxton@medicine.nevada.edu

William Courchesne, Ph.D. 
Institutional Biosafety Committee Chair
Assoc. Professor, Microbiology
University of Nevada, Reno 
Phone: (775) 784-4113 
wcourchesne@medicine.nevada.edu

Dylan Kosma, Ph.D. 
Asst. Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada, Reno 
Phone: (775)-682-7319
dkosma@unr.edu

Ben Owens, CIH, CBSP
Asst. Director, Laboratory Safety
University of Nevada, Reno
phone: (775) 327-5196
bowens@unr.edu

Jason Shearer, Ph.D. 
Professor, Chemistry
University of Nevada, Reno 
Phone: (775) 784-6804
shearer@unr.edu

Viktoriya Weirauch
Director of Laboratories, Chemistry
University of Nevada, Reno 
Phone: (775) 682-8304
vlepak@unr.edu

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