Ball State University is dedicated to providing a safe and secure academic research environment for all faculty, staff, and students.

In furtherance of this commitment, the Laboratory Safety and Security Committee (LSSC) provides general oversight and guidance to the campus through promotion of a safe and secure work environment in all research and teaching laboratories, associated scientific operations, and facilities.

The committee consists of members from a broad range of departments and reflects the diversity of scientific disciplines and regulatory issues involved with laboratory safety, integrity, and security on campus.

The responsibilities of the committee are to:

  • Create an atmosphere conducive to safe, effective, and regulatory compliant laboratory-based programs in order to enhance our overall research and education efforts.
  • Advise senior BSU officials on strategic issues effecting research safety and security.
  • Develop, update, and maintain policies and procedures in compliance with applicable federal regulations.
  • Develop BSU specific policies and procedures, best practice guidance, and applicable research safety guidelines.
  • Establish plans and develop training programs applicable to the health and safety of all research personnel.
  • Establish strategies to ensure ongoing and adequate hazard identification.
  • Review findings of campus inspection, hazard surveillance, environmental compliance, and faculty, staff, and student safety programs related to laboratories.
  • Work collectively with other campus research review and safety committees to ensure open lines of communications, consistency in research policies and practices, and to enhance collaborative efforts.
  • Encourage participation in biological, chemical, and radiological security efforts for laboratory personnel and related activities, supplies, agents, and products.
  • Serve as an educational and informational resource to the BSU scientific community.

In addition to providing oversight and guidance, the committee may recommend the modification, suspension, or termination of any laboratory activities that are deemed to pose an unacceptable risk to life, security, or safety.

Review the Chemical Hygiene Plan, ChemTracker, and Resources, from the Chemical and Hazmat Info tab below to learn more, or contact the Office of Research Integrity for further information regarding the Laboratory Safety and Security Committee.

The Laboratory Safety and Security Committee website will continue to be updated with new content as it becomes available.

Committee Members
Voting Members
Member Title Department
Chris Mangelli Chair Office of Research Integrity
Jim Klenner Member Office of Research Integrity
Cathy Alexander Member Chemistry
Susan Calvin Member Biology
Caroline Maureen Adair Heston Member Anthropology
Marie Kelly-Worden Member Nutrition and Health Sciences
Michael Litt Member Medical Education
Anthony Mahon Member Human Performance Laboratory
Terry Hunt Member Physics and Astronomy
Susan Johnson Member Facilities and Planning
John McKillip Member Biology
Chris Norton Member Indiana Academy
Derron Bishop Member Chemistry
David Bell Member BSU Public Safety
Brent Cole Member School of Art
Todd Trappe Member Human Performance Laboratory
Eric Lange Member Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources
Member Title Department
Lenny Kaminsky Member (Alternate) Human Performance Laboratory
Scott Trappe Member (Alternate) Human Performance Laboratory
Member Title Department
Sandra Currie Non-Voting Office of Research Integrity
Meghan Haser Non-Voting Office of Research Integrity

The Ball State University Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF) provides guidelines for individuals working in the campus laboratory community.

The laboratory supervisors, safety managers, principal investigators, or individual Departments should produce standard operating procedures to accompany this CHP or choose to customize this CHP to suit their individual needs in order to more precisely portray the hazards and controls of their individual laboratories.

This CHP includes policies, procedures, equipment, personal protective equipment, and work practices that are capable of protecting laboratory personnel from the general health hazards in laboratories. It is intended to satisfy the requirements of the federal Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Laboratory Safety Standard, also known as the "Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories."

The CHP will be administered by the BSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Office on a University-wide basis, with the individual academic and research Departments being responsible for its implementation on a Department and research or educational laboratory specific basis.

ChemTracker is a software program that is designed to solve comprehensive chemical inventory management and reporting challenges. ChemTracker enables users to:

  • Add and upload chemical inventory information.
  • Link inventory data to safety and regulatory information for easy access.
  • Access safety information and link to MSDS's for specific chemicals.
  • Search for specific inventory information using unique identifiers.
  • Update, delete, and copy single or multiple inventory records.
  • Manage demographic data such as chemical owners (Principal Investigators), users, and facility information.
  • Provide room and inventory activity reports.
  • Produce a variety of regulatory and safety reports.

The Hazard Communication Administrator maintains the written program and provides training and technical materials to the Departmental Administrators who are responsible for implementing the program requirements within their respective Departments or areas.

The EHS Office is also the administrator of the BioRAFT/ChemTracker system for inventory and tracking of chemicals and chemical products across the Ball State University campus including laboratories, shops, and other chemical and chemical product storage and use areas. BioRAFT/ChemTracker is a web-based inventory management and reporting system predominantly used by laboratories.

The safe management and disposal of wastes including hazardous wastes, and other chemical and biological waste streams require special training and procedures to be accomplished safely and in conformance with numerous federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The BSU Waste Management Guide outlines procedures for the identification, classification, storage, and handling of such wastes generated by laboratories and shops, as well as a number of other departments involved in research, art, photography, printing, vocational studies, and other activities that may generate such waste materials. Particular procedures for the handling of laboratory wastes are provided in the BSU Laboratory Waste Management Plan and overall laboratory waste management is described in the related Laboratory Waste Management training document.

Hazardous chemicals are not allowed to be disposed of in the drains (without EHS and Muncie Sanitary District approval), in the trash, or by evaporation. The document, Disposal of Laboratory Wastes: Requirements for Chemical Disposal to Sinks and Drains provides guidance on allowable and prohibited wastewater discharges. All chemical waste is required to be held in the generating location (this location is defined as a "Satellite Accumulation Area") for subsequent pick-up and disposal by EHS and an approved waste disposal vendor. Some wastes may be relocated by EHS staff to one of two hazardous waste accumulation areas maintained by the University for secure storage pending removal by the approved waste disposal vendor.

These hazardous and other chemical or material wastes, not suitable or destined for landfill disposal as normal refuse, are gathered for disposal on a quarterly basis following an announcement to all departments known to generate such wastes. These wastes may also be picked up at other times from campus locations or departments as needed and accumulated for subsequent disposal.

Other materials such as infectious wastes (red bags) or sharps containers can also be picked up for safe interim storage pending disposal as they are generated.

The Environmental Specialist should be contacted regarding such materials.

Managing Laboratory Hazardous Waste (PDF)

The Laboratory Safety Institute has compiled lab safety resources all in one convenient location. The LSI offers training courses, tutorials, and a list of helpful resources for faculty, staff, graduate students, or anyone who works in a laboratory setting.