The Academic Safety Committee (ASC) consists of members from The Catholic University of America community and represents a diversity of functions, specialties, and departments.
Meetings are held twice a year, once each academic semester. Representation is required from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics/VSL, Facilities Maintenance and Operations, Facilities Planning and Construction, School of Engineering, School of Architecture, School of Music, Art, and Drama, and the Radiation Safety Office. Other departments may be called to participate as needed. The director of Environmental Health and Safety serves as an ex-officio member. Officers include the chairperson and secretary. Appointments are made by the provost based upon recommendations from the Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations, ASC chair, and the director of the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.
The purpose of the ASC is to:
- Increase academic safety and health awareness on campus
- Recommend policy to the University administration that ensures the performance of safe and environmentally prudent work and study in laboratories and other academic settings
- Provide support and advice to the Department of Environmental Health & Safety on matters relating to academic safety
- Advise the Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations on safety budget-related issues.
- Conduct semi-annual laboratory facility safety inspections
- Consult with and support the Environmental Health and Safety department with respect to laboratory safety inquiries and laboratory accident reports
- Develop and institute procedures for approving high risk operations and experiments brought to the attention of the ASC