The University of Iowa

SAFETYmatters - Laboratory Safety Committee

Article published 11/01/18


As part of our commitment to fostering the excellence of laboratory safety, EHS, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, has established the Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC). 

“As much as we all value the outcomes of research, whether it’s a novel treatment for heart disease or a finding that expands human knowledge, it’s critical that our dedicated investigators, staff, and students can work in a safe, supportive, and productive environment,” said John Keller, interim Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to help reduce risks in our research spaces, but I’m especially grateful for the efforts of the Laboratory Safety Committee to help ensure that the right information and tools to protect health and safety are getting into the appropriate hands.”

The Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) is comprised of faculty, staff and students across each College as well as representatives from Risk Management, Fire Safety, General Counsel, Facilities Management, and EHS.  Dr. Betsy Stone, Associate Professor of Chemistry, is the Chair of the committee.  The LSC will develop, recommend, update, and maintain policies and procedures applicable to the chemical and physical health and safety practices at the University.  The committee charter can be found on EHS’s website, under Chemical Safety.  The committee will begin by reviewing the laboratory audit procedure and checklist; changes and recommendations will be incorporated into the 2019 laboratory review