Research Safety

Research Safety Committee

The Research Safety Committee (RSC) guides the development and implementation of campus-wide Environmental Health & Safety policies, programs, and services to reduce safety risks in research, teaching, and public service laboratories.  The RSC is a key element of the University’s Comprehensive Environmental Health and Safety Management System as implemented in the Academic Affairs Policies 6.01 and 6.02.

The committee works in conjunction with other institutional committees and units to establish and enact safe laboratory practices in the Chemical and Laboratory Safety Manual. In addition, the RSC provides oversight of the laboratory inspection process, reviews and recommends training programs that promote lab safety, and investigates laboratory accidents and issues of non-compliance.

To contact the committee directly, email

Committee Charter

Name of RSC MemberPosition Title
Eric Ferreira - ChairProfessor, Chemistry
Esequiel BarreraDirector, Research Safety
Brandon FoskeyAsst. Director, Research Safety
Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Associate Professor, Microbiology
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry
Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Assistant Professor, College of Public Health
Research Professional III, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
Academic Professional, Chemistry
Clinical Asst. Professor, College of Engineering
Assistant Research Scientist/Lecturer, College of Pharmacy
Professor, Entomology
Chris King*Associate Vice President, Office of Research Integrity & Safety
John McCollum*Associate Vice President, Environmental Safety
Bill Megathlin*Director, ESD Information Services
Todd Miller*Sr. Safety & Compliance Officer, Hazardous Waste Compliance
*non-voting member