Research and Environmental Safety Committees

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
The IBC is responsible for advising the Vice President for Research on policies pertaining to research, teaching, and service activities that involve biological hazards, specifically hazards associated with the use of recombinant DNA (rDNA) and microbial toxins. The committee recommends standards by which biohazardous activities should be conducted, as well as review projects for compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
The IBC meets monthly to review research protocols, assess the adequacy of current containment facilities, establish emergency response actions, and recommend appropriate sanctions for non-compliance.

Laboratory Safety Committee
The Laboratory Safety Committee (LSC) is responsible for all general lab safety protocols and procedures within the research laboratories. The LSC holds meetings to discuss matters concerning proper hazard communication methods (e.g. signs, labels, tags, etc.), safety equipment, accidents, and other general lab safety issues.

Radiation Protection Committee
Georgia State University is licensed to possess certain radioactive materials by the State of Georgia. The RPC is charged with the task of advising the President of the University on matters related to the use of these materials on GSU’s campus. The committee reviews all applications for radioactivity-producing machines and substances and has the authority to enforce all safety guidelines set forth by the Radiation Safety Program.

Environmental Programs Advisory Committee (EPAC)
The Office of Research and Environmental Safety is responsible for designing and implementing programs for Georgia State University in accordance with the regulatory requirements set forth by the Federal EPA and the State of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division. EPAC serves as the advisory board and is charged with the task of reviewing and improving current protocols and proposing new strategies to guide GSU in managing its regulatory compliance.
Fiscal Year 2013 Activities

  • Approved roles and responsibilities associated with Georgia State University’s Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Mercury Thermometer Exchange: Due to a large number of laboratory incidences regarding mercury thermometers breaking, EPAC initiated another round of mercury thermometer exchanges.
  • Reviewed and discussed Emergency Responses to Hazardous Materials Incidents.
  • Assisted in the purchase of secondary spill containers for laboratories and facilities.
  • Approved the drafting of a letter/statement regarding Environmental Program’s notification of any land disturbing activity

Fiscal Year 2014 Goals

  • Implementation of Georgia State’s roles and responsibilities associated with Georgia State University’s Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Draft and recommend procedures for Land Disturbing Activities and Associated Environmental Assessments
  • Identify and recommend chemical waste minimization methods
  • Review, update and recommend the following management plans: Spill Prevention and Counter-controls Plan, Refrigerant Management Plan, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Plan, and Clean Air Act Title V Plan.