The concept of shared governance is a unifying principle for many academic institutions that promotes transparency, accessibility, timeliness, collaboration, and consistency in university operations. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, faculty are encouraged to participate in institutional governance in a variety of ways. Two of the most visible means are through either the Faculty Senate or established faculty-led committees.
Laboratory accidents are not only a threat to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, but the media exposure can be a threat to the reputation of an institution as well.
January 7, 2010, chemistry laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University. Photo by U.S. Chemical Safety Board
Texas Tech University
Four people were taken to the hospital for minor injuries following a chemical explosion at a Texas Tech University chemistry building on February 2, 2015. A university spokesperson confirmed that the explosion was caused by chemical waste products.
The Minors in Laboratories and Shops safety policy went into effect two years ago and is found in the online safety manual. It was developed in response to an increase in high school students on campus. The policy covers individuals less than 18 years of age who are in engaged in university-sponsored activities in laboratories and shops.
Have you updated your chemical inventory?
The university’s effort to annually update the chemical inventory is underway. Please ensure your lab or workplace’s inventory of any hazardous materials is submitted to Environmental Health & Safety by the due date. If you use or store hazardous materials and have never submitted an inventory please follow the link below for more information and guidance.
The San Jose Times reported in December that the University of California will pay nearly a half-million dollars to settle allegations that UC Davis scientists received research money from two different federal agencies for the same project by submitting “false and misleading statements” in grant applications.
To protect the health and safety of University students, employees, and visitors; to promote a healthy and safe work, educational, and living environment; and to comply with the Tennessee Non-Smoker Protection Act and other applicable state laws, the University prohibits smoking in, and near all entrances to, all University buildings.
Policy SA0900 — Smoking
The UT policy on smoking prohibits the inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigar, cigarette (including an electronic cigarette), pipe, or other lighted tobacco product, in any manner or in any form, in any building owned or operated by the university as well as any vehicle owned, leased, or operated by the university.