All research and/or teaching activities that involve the use of vertebrate animals require prior review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
The IACUC performs semiannual inspections of all animal facilities associated with the university and provides reports of these inspections to federal regulatory agencies.
Issues regarding chemical safety in the laboratory and the disposal of chemical wastes are key concerns of the Chemical Safety Committee (CSC). The CSC provides oversight of projects using chemical carcinogens and highly toxic materials, oversight of the campus chemical inventory and hazardous waste programs, and guidance regarding chemical safety training that is required for students, staff, and faculty who work in laboratories using hazardous chemicals. Research projects involving the use of chemical carcinogens are reviewed by the CSC to ensure compliance with current regulations. The CSC is also charged with reviewing the campus Chemical Hygiene plan, which governs safe use of chemicals in laboratories. The web site provides access to the Chemical Hygiene plan and other procedures for waste and chemical safety.