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 Minutes

Contact EH&S for LSC meeting minutes.

Committee Contacts

Committee Chair

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

Committee Members

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

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

Dylan Kosma
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
University of Nevada, Reno
(775)-682-7319
dkosma@unr.edu

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

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

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