Alvan Hengge, head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been appointed chair of the USU Safety Committee by the Environmental Health and Safety division of the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
The Safety Committee is responsible for reviewing and approving the policies and procedures on campus about radiation, biohazards, risk control and many other safety topics. The committee ensures the safety of all researchers and labs within Utah State University. The Biohazards committee, Chemical Hygiene Committee, Institutional Biosafety Committee, Radiation Safety Committee and Risk Control Committee are all under the command of the Safety Committee.
“Safety considerations affect just about every unit on campus, whether their people work in a laboratory setting, use tools or equipment ranging from small to heavy, or transport students for field trips,” Hengge commented. “Whatever setting we work in, there are others on campus with similar safety concerns and training issues. One key role of the Safety Committee is to serve as a venue for units across campus to share their best practices, their experiences and lessons learned from dealing with accidents and unforeseen events, and ideas for improvement in training, documentation, and record keeping.”
Hengge is a leader worldwide in the chemistry field. He taught high school science classes for the first seven years after receiving an undergraduate degree. He went on to complete several PhDs in the chemistry field. He has many publications and has won several awards for his research.
Eric Jorgensen, director of the Environmental Health and Safety department, said, “Under the direction of Dr. Hengge, the Chemistry and Biochemistry department has set the standard for safety in academic research at USU. We are very excited to have Dr. Hengge’s dedication and vision of safety expanded to the entire campus with his appointment as the Chair of the University Safety Committee.”
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