University Laboratory Safety Committee


The University Laboratory Safety Committee (ULSC) harmonizes laboratory and research safety issues under a single umbrella, and can address not only the issues related to work with radioactive substances and microorganisms, but also chemicals, lasers and any other lab-specific hazards on a more uniform basis.



The ULSC advises and reports to the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). The Chair of the Committee is appointed by the Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation). Secretariat Services are provided by Environmental Health & Safety.


Voting members

  • Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) or designate
  • Co-Chairs (2) of Faculty Safety Committee, Medicine
  • Chair of Faculty Safety Committee, Science
  • Chair of Faculty Safety Committee, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Chair of Faculty Safety Committee, Engineering

Non Voting Members

  • EHS Operations Manager
  • Manager, Hazardous Waste Management
  • Director, Environmental Health and Safety

Associate Members

  • Radiation Safety
  • Biological Safety
  • Safety in Animal Care (Director, Animal Resources Centre)
  • EHS Radiation Safety Officer
  • EHS Biosafety Officer

Associate Members of the ULSC are academic or staff members with expertise in important areas of laboratory safety listed above.  They are appointed for 3-year terms by the Chair of the committee . Their role is to provide advice and expertise to the ULSC as well as to the EHS Officers.  Associate members are invited to attend ULSC meetings only on an as-needed basis but are expected to be present at the annual review of their respective area of laboratory safety.  They shall be provided copies of all meeting announcements, agendas, minutes and EHS officer reports. 


  • To develop, recommend, update, and maintain policies applicable to the health and safety of  work conducted in laboratories and workshops
  • To receive and review reports of activities from Departmental and Faculty Health and Safety Committees. Each Faculty Chair or co-chair is expected to provide an annual safety report to the ULSC
  • To receive and review reports related to laboratory health and safety services, activities, incidents, and interventions in laboratory areas and to develop corrective strategies where needed
  • To receive and review license applications and reports to and from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission
  • To conduct an annual review of the Radiation Safety Program to be presented to the ULSC by the EHS Radiation Safety Officer
  • To oversee the system for review and approval of applications for work with biohazardous agents
  • To receive and review reports to and from the Public Health Agency of Canada
  • To conduct an annual review of the Biosafety Program that will be presented to the ULSC by the EHS Biosafety Officers
  • To establish strategies to ensure ongoing and adequate safety orientation and training of students and staff working in laboratories
  • To submit an annual report of its activities to the University Health and Safety Committee and to the Vice-Principal of Research and Innovation.


  Name/Title Department Phone/Fax
Chair Dr. Alvin Shrier Faculty of Medicine, Physiology 2272/7452

Faculty Representatives  


Dr. Carmen Lampron

Faculty of Medicine

Life Sciences Complex 1817

Dr. Dieter Reinhardt

Faculty of Medicine

Anatomy & Cell Biology 4243

Dr. Petra Rohrbach

Faculty of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Safety Committee Chair

Parasitology 7726

Prof. Andrew Boyd

Faculty of Engineering 

Civil Engineering  

Dr. Jean-Marc Gauthier

Faculty of Science

Chemistry 6180

Associate Members


Dr. Jim Gourdon 


Comparative Medicine & Animal Resource Centre 3510/7283
Animal Ethics

Suzanne Smith


OVP-RIR-Office of Research and Ethics and Compliance 2837
Radiation Safety

Dr. Dominic Ryan


Physics 6534

Dr. Martin Olivier


Medicine, MUHC-Glen  

Dr. Marcel Behr


Medicine, MGH 8888-42815/934-8243

Safety Officers


Joseph Vincelli

EHS Operations Manager

Environmental Health & Safety 1538/8047

Christian Bouchard


Hazardous Waste Manager 5066/4633

Wayne Wood


Environmental Health & Safety 2391/8047

Minutes, Agendas & Schedule

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