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Committee Descriptions

INSTITUTIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY COUNCIL (IHSC)

CHARGE TO COMMITTEE

INSTITUTIONAL COMMITMENT TO EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL SAFETY

To support its continued commitment to protecting the health and safety of its employees, as well as the environment, the Institutional Health and Safety Council (IHSC) provides the “executive-level” commitment necessary to ensure that each of Columbia University’s health & safety programs receives the appropriate support necessary for its success, as well as delineate responsibility for meeting program goals. 

On a quarterly schedule, the IHSC meets to review program quality and success through a variety of measures designed to assess compliance with regulatory obligations and University initiatives.  The IHSC:

  • Proposes and approves health and safety policy changes;
  • Reviews reports from university sub-committees (e.g., Institutional Biological Safety Committee, Laboratory Safety Committee, and Radiation Safety Committee) regarding the status of new and on-going programs and offers critical evaluations of such programs to ensure compliance and continued improvement;
  • Discusses changes to regulations and their impact on current and future activities on each campus and determines specific actions needed to address such changes; and
  • Designates responsible departments/individuals to address new or outstanding health & safety issues.

INSTITUTIONAL BIOLOGICAL SAFETY COMMITTEE

CHARGE TO COMMITTEE

The Institutional Biological Safety Committee (IBC) will advise the Institutional Health and Safety Council on matters concerning biological safety for Columbia University.  The guidance will include but not be limited to the following:

  • A review of policies and procedures concerning biological safety.
  • Review scientific, technical and administrative matters concerned with biological safety on the Columbia University Medical Center campus.
  • A periodic review of biological safety related programs to assure that they meet their goals and are of the highest quality.
  • Review research activities involving Recombinant DNA molecules in all Columbia University facilities as required by the NIH Guidelines.
  • Adjudicate disputes concerning biological safety matters between members of the University community and the Columbia University Medical Center administration.The members of the committee will be appointed by the Executive Vice President for Research, and will include faculty members with relevant knowledge and interests, members of the administration including Facilities Management, the Director of Environmental Health and Safety (or designee), and two non-affiliated community representatives.The Chair of the committee shall be a faculty member and will sit on the Institutional Health and Safety Council.

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CHEMICAL TRACKING SYSTEM COMMITTEE

CHARGE TO COMMITTEE

The Chemical Tracking System Committee (CTS) will advise the rules and regulation of implementing the ChemTracker system and on matters concerning CTS processes and guidance.

On a month schedule, the CTS committee meets to review system implement processes and rules and procedures of chemical handling to assess compliance with regulatory obligations and University initiatives.  After the implementation, committee will meet in need bases. The CTS committee will:

  • Review procedures of implementation of the system
  • Decide the rules and regulations of the system use
  • Review the result of pilot program and next steps.

FACULTY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SAFETY(FACES)

CHARGE TO COMMITTEE

To support and advance Columbia University's continued commitment to promoting best practices in safety and environmental performance in all education and research activities, while maintaining compliance with applicable federal, state and local regulatory requirements, agreements and permits.

On a quarterly schedule, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Environmental and Safety will convene to help the Environmental Health & Safety Department (EH&S) establish research safety and environmental program goals based on issues and objectives deemed as priority by Committee members representing Columbia University's research enterprise. These programs will be fundamental to the Columbia University Environmental Management System, which is based on the concept of continual improvement, whereby the University will strive to enhance safety and environmental performance by establishing objectives and targets, and periodically monitoring performance against these targets.

The Environmental Management System Steering Committee:

  • Establishes environmental objectives and targets;
  • Reviews of policies and procedures concerning environmental safety;
  • Discusses changes to regulations and their impact on current and future activities and determines specific actions needed to address such changes; and
  • Reviews reports from the Environmental Management System sub-committees (e.g., Research Working Group, Facilities Working Group and Chemical Tracking System program) regarding the status of new and on-going programs to ensure compliance and continued improvement.

RADIATION SAFETY COMMITTEE

CHARGE TO COMMITTEE


The Radiation Safety Committee reviews and acts on all proposed uses of radioactive material and other ionizing radiation sources, ensures the development and approves radiation safety programs consistent with the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) philosophy, performs routine audits of safety program effectiveness, and reviews and acts on all incidents involving radioactive material and reported items of noncompliance with State, Federal, and New York City regulatory requirements. The Radiation Safety Committee is appointed by the President of Columbia University.

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