Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management

Biological Safety Committee

Charge 

The committee reports to the Executive Vice President for Research on matters related to infectious diseases and the use of biological agents in research, clinical and education activities at UT-Houston. Specific tasks include:

  • To recommend to the Executive Vice President for Research policies and procedures that ensure the health and safety of all individuals within UT-Health, and to ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local statutes, regulations, procedures and principles relating to the purchase, storage, use, and disposal of biological hazards used in UT-Health research, clinical and educational programs.
  • To review the protocols provided by principal investigators, clinical directors or laboratory instructors relating to the use of biological hazards and to review the activities of EH&S in certifying the appropriate biosafety containment level of those laboratories, clinics and/or practices.  Activities identified as Biosafety Level 2 and greater may not initiate without written consent of the BSC.
  • To recommend to the Executive Vice President for Research the need for general and specific training programs for research, clinical and teaching activities dealing with biological hazards, and to review the appropriateness and effectiveness of such UT-Health training programs.
  • To submit reports at least annually, to the Executive Vice President for Research summarizing activities and reviewing the status of significant biological safety issues identified during the year.
 

Committee Composition Chair 


Designated by the President on recommendation from the Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Executive Vice President for Research from the membership. 

Membership
  as required by the “NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules”


Full Members: the committee shall consist of no fewer than five full members, of whom;

  • At least one member from each school with appropriate rDNA technology and/or biological safety and containment expertise
  • At least two community members
  • A student member

Ex Officio Members: in addition, the following are designated as members without vote

  • Representative from Legal Affairs
  • Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment, and Risk Management
  • Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Safety Manager, Biological Safety Program
  • Safety Manager, Environmental Protection Program
  • Executive Vice President for Research
  • Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
  • Center for Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care representative
  • Employee Health Clinical Services representative
 

Term of Membership
Staggered three-year cycles. 

2013 – 2014 Membership Roster

Chair: Dr. Roger Janz, Faculty, Medical School
Vice Chair: Dr. John O’Brien, Faculty, Medical School

Terms Expire August 31, 2014

Dr. John O’Brien, Faculty, Medical School
Ms. Cindy Boule, Community Representative, City of Houston Health Department
Dr. George Tiller, Student GSBS
Dr. Rodrigo Hasbun, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Qingyun Liu, Faculty, Medical School

Terms Expire August 31, 2015

Dr. Roger Janz, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Terry Blasdel, Community Representative
Dr. Mary Dickerson, Faculty, Animal Care

Terms Expire August 31, 2016

Dr. Ziyin Li, Faculty, Medical School
Mr. David McCue, Staff, School of Nursing
Dr. Claudio Soto, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Charles Streckfus, Faculty, School of Dentistry
Dr. Catherine Denicourt, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner, Faculty, Medical School
Dr. Eric Brown, Faculty, School of Public Health

Ex Officio Members

Dr. George Stancel, Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs
Dr. Robert Emery, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management
Mr. Bruce Brown, Director, Environmental Health & Safety
Ms. Rachel Gamble, Manager, Biological Safety Program
Mr. Alan Lucas, Manager, Environmental Protection Program
Ms. Nancy Zamboras, UT Health Services
Ms. Arlene Staller, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Meeting Location
Cyclotron Facility Training Room (CYF B.110)

Meeting Frequency
Monthly.  For the date and time of the next scheduled meeting, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at 713-500-8100.

Submitting an application

Institutional Biological Safety Manual(PDF)

Meeting agenda and minutes
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