Toxic Substances Committee

Appointed by the Provost

The Toxic Substances Committee recommends policies for the use, storage and disposal of toxic substances and, monitors implementation of and compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan.  The Chemical Hygiene Plan is available from the web page of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and is the full statement of university campus policy and procedures for handling toxic substances and laboratory safety.

As noted in the Chemical Hygiene Plan, substances defined by OSHA (29 CFR 1910.1450) as “Particularly Hazardous Substances” require advance coordination with EH&S and a must have a laboratory/research specific Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).  The laboratory/research specific SOP must be approved in writing by the Toxic Substances Committee prior to the acquisition, receipt, storage or use of any Particularly Hazardous Substances.

The Toxic Substances Committee meets monthly. Since the Toxic Substances Committee cannot approve laboratory/research specific SOP’s for Particularly Hazardous Substances without a quorum of the voting members present, meetings are occasionally rescheduled. Contact the Toxic Substances Committee chairperson to confirm the meeting date for laboratory/research specific SOP submission. Laboratory/research specific SOP’s for Particularly Hazardous Substances must be submitted at least ten (10) working days prior to the meeting.

The committee shall maintain minutes and prepare an annual report on the status of implementation actions and compliance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan.  Copies of meeting minutes and the annual report will be forwarded to the Provost and the chairperson of the Health and Occupational Safety Council no later than August 1st each year.

Membership consists of one senior and tenured faculty representative from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Fine Arts, Physics, Poultry Science; one senior and tenured faculty representative from the College of Engineering; one graduate student; the vice chancellor for Research and Innovation; the director of Research Compliance; the manager of Environmental Health & Safety; the Chemical Hygiene Officer; and the assistant Chemical Hygiene Officer.

The provost will designate a chairperson from the committee members and may appoint additional members, as appropriate.

Michelle Evans-White Department of Biological Sciences 2021
Tom Spicer Department of Chemical Engineering 2022
Matt McIntosh Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry 2022
David Gibbs Department of Fine Arts 2022
Hugh Churchill Department of Physics 2022
Neelendra Joshi Department of Poultry Science 2023
Morten Jensen College of Engineering 2022
Matt Grant Graduate Student 2021
John English Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation*  
Jason Ramage Director
Research Compliance**
Richard Ashworth Manager
Environmental Health & Safety*
Rick Williams Chemical Hygiene Officer**  
Wayne Brashear Assistant Chemical Hygiene Officer**  
Gary Enzor Facilities Management 2021
Meagan Olsen Undergraduate Student 2021
Tabatha Diann Teal Eleanor Mann School of Nursing 2021
Fred Pohlman, Chair Department of Animal Science 2021
Andy Pereira Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences 2022

*=ex officio
**=ex officio non-voting