Campus Committees

Certain high-hazard activities and equipment require additional safety training and written pre-approval. Faculty-led committees issue use authorizations for high hazard activities to ensure the work is safe and monitored appropriately. These include:

Laboratory Operations & Safety Committee

Summary of Charges

The campus Laboratory Operations & Safety Committee (LO&SC) formulates, and recommends to the Vice Chancellor for Research, campus policy on research and instructional activities to help ensure compliance with applicable regulations and adoption of appropriate best practices regarding the safety and potential environmental impact of activities conducted in campus laboratories and in field research. Technical areas covered include chemical safety, management of hazardous wastes and unwanted hazardous materials, chemical effluents, hazardous materials management and shipping, and electrical and other hazards not covered by other campus research oversight committees.

LO&SC provides input and guidance to the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) and other units regarding development and of appropriate and effective standard practices and campus expectations. Guidance is provided to programs such as: the Chemical Hygiene Plan Program, the Chemical Inventory Program, the Hazardous Waste Management Program, campus Drain Disposal Guidelines, the Toxic Gas Program, the Hazardous Materials Shipping Program, laboratory inspection and self-assessment programs, the Strawberry Creek Management Program and other safety and environmental programs as they apply to field work and campus research and teaching activities. Reviews safety and compliance training materials intended for student or faculty audiences.

LO&SC is staffed and supported by EH&S, and typically meets three times a year. The Chair of the LO&SC sits on the campus Research Compliance Advisory Committee (RCAC), which is chaired by the VC-Research.

Contact List for Laboratory Operations & Safety Committee
Chair: Irfan Siddiqi, Professor of Physics, 642-5620, irfan_siddiqi@berkeley.edu
EH&S Coordinator-Member: Brandon DeFrancisci, Associate Director, EH&S, 643-6394, defran@berkeley.edu
Administrative Support: Contact EH&S at 642-3073

Animal Care and Use Committee

The Animal Care and Use Committee (ACUC) program and the staff of the Office for Animal Care and Use (OACU) at the UC Berkeley campus ensures the health and well-being of animals while facilitating research that supports human and animal health and is beneficial to society.

Visit acuc.berkeley.edu to learn more.

Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety

The Committee for Laboratory and Environmental Biosafety (CLEB) serves as UC Berkeley’s Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). CLEB is comprised of subject matter experts, an animal health expert, an occupational physician, as well as community members.

The committee meets to review Biological Use Authorizations on the first Tuesday of every month 12-2 p.m. in University Hall room 370. RSVP by email is required. If you wish to attend a committee meeting or have any other questions regarding CLEB, please contact bso@berkeley.edu.

Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects

The Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) is comprised of two groups that serve as Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for the University of California, Berkeley. The primary mission of the IRB is to ensure the protection of the rights and welfare of all human participants in research conducted by university faculty, staff, and students. The Office for Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS) is the administrative office that supports the CPHS.

Visit cphs.berkeley.edu to learn more.

Radiation Safety Committee

Summary of Charges

Reviews and approves all uses of ionizing radiation and radioisotopes; establishes campus policy on ionizing radiation safety; advises Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) staff in implementing campus radiation safety and radioactive waste programs in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements.

Contact List for Committee on Radiation Safety

Chair: Peter Hosemann, Associate Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering, peterh@berkeley.edu

EH&S Coordinator-Member: Jim De Zetter, Radiation Safety Officer, 812-0317, jimdezetter@berkeley.edu

Administrative Support: Contact EH&S at 642-3073

Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Committee

Summary of Charges

Advises on all safety and compliance matters related to non-ionizing radiation, reviews and approves uses of lasers and laser systems, advises Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) staff in carrying out campus Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety Program in accordance with applicable State and Federal requirements.

Contact List for Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety

Chair: Austin Roorda, Professor of Optometry, 642-2380, aroorda@berkeley.edu

EH&S Coordinator-Member: Eddie Ciprazo, Laser Safety Officer, 643-9243, lso@berkeley.edu

Administrative Support: Contact EH&S at 642-3073

Research Compliance Advisory Committee

Summary of Charges

The Research Compliance Advisory Committee (RCAC) advises the Vice Chancellor for Research on issues related to regulatory compliance and risk management in all research activities conducted on University of California, Berkeley property or by University of California, Berkeley personnel.

RCAC Committee Membership

The RCAC is chaired by the Vice Chancellor for Research. Represented on the Committee are the offices of The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the Chancellor's Office of Legal Affairs. Membership also includes top administrators from EH&S and University Health Services.

At-large Academic Senate members are appointed by the Committee on Committees to provide a faculty perspective on the overall impact of environmental, health and safety programs and policies. Committee chairs from the following academic committees are also members:

Contact List for Research Compliance Advisory Committee

Scientific Diving & Small Boat Safety Board

Summary of Charges

Approves and monitors scientific underwater diving projects. Issues and revokes diving permits and has authority to suspend diving operations or programs deemed unsafe. Insures small boat safety for all research activity. Recommends to the Vice Chancellor for Research changes in policy and amendments to the campus Diving Safety Manual and Small Boat Safety Manual. Ensures compliance with these manuals by reviewing diving procedures, training programs, dive locations, and associated diving equipment.

Contact List for Scientific Diving & Small Boat Safety Board

Chair: Professor Michael Dawson, UC Merced, (no phone), mdawson@ucmerced.edu

Diving Safety Officer: Jim Hayward, 642-1298, ucbdiver@berkeley.edu