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Environmental Health and Safety

Chemical Safety Committee

The Chemical Safety Committee (CSC) is one of the University of South Carolina's Special Advisory Committee appointed by the university leadership.  This committee  plays an important role in identifying chemical and process risks in research and teaching laboratories and recommending strategies to mitigate the risks identified.

Mission Statement

The Committee will provide leadership, coordination, and advocacy to develop and evaluate programs, initiatives, policies, services and strategies to improve the chemical and process safety and chemical security at the University of South Carolina.


  • Meet at least twice a year to discuss current and emerging chemical and process risks in laboratories, identify mitigating strategies and provide written recommendations to the appropriate department, college or university leadership
  • Evaluate high risk experiments and laboratory activities involving hazardous chemicals, equipment and processes, recommend controls that will make the experiment or activity safer, and seek services of field expert as needed 
  • Review existing safety policies and procedures and recommend ones to improve safety and security of high risk chemicals and processes
  • Assist EH&S with disseminating safety  information to respective Department, Colleges and student bodies


The committee shall provide an annual risk assessment to the Enterprise Risk Management Oversight Committee via the Research Safety and Compliance Oversight Committee.  This risk assessment will identify the various risks associated with chemical related research and associated activities, and will list the major controls in place or being implemented to mitigate these risks.  

Membership Requirement

The committee shall consist of the laboratory safety officer and faculty members appointed by the President or Provost who are qualified by training or expertise in the safe use of hazardous and regulated chemicals.

Member Affiliation
John Lavigne, Chair Chemistry and Biochemistry
Laura Kissel School of Visual Design
Steve Morgan  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chuanbing Tang  Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mike Matthews  Chemical Engineering
Sang Hee Won Mechanical Engineering
Campbell McInnes Pharmacy
Jamie Lead Arnold School of Public Health
Sakiru Abiodun Chemistry and Biochemistry
Graduate Student TBD College of Engineering
Tom Syfert  Environmental Health and Safety
Jocelyn Locke  Environmental Health and Safety
Michelle Parham  Environmental Health and Safety (Support, non-voting)

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