Name of Committee: Chemical Safety and Environmental Management Committee (CSEMC)

Mission Statement: The mission of the Chemical Safety and Environmental Management Committee (CSEMC) is to protect students, faculty, staff and the community through the safe use, handling and disposal of hazardous chemicals/materials at UAB.

Chair Name: David E. Graves, PhD

Committee Contact Person: Donna S. Williamson

Phone number: 934-4752
Email address:

Top 3 FAQ
1. Are all research projects that use hazardous chemicals individually reviewed by the CSEMC?
No. The Committee only reviews projects that involve an unusually high risk of hazardous exposure or a particularly hazardous component. Examples would be the use of MPTP (produces Parkinsonism), the use of engineered nanomaterials, aerosol administration of highly toxic materials to animals (chlorine), large volume use of powdered or reactive metals, or a project that produces a highly regulated waste (arsenic, cadmium, etc).

2. How do I get my project reviewed?
Complete the project registration form and submit to EHS.

3. If my project has to be reviewed, how long will the review take?
Currently the CSEMC meets quarterly, however, subcommittees can be scheduled to meet as needed.

Did You Know?
The Chemical Safety and Environmental Management Committee is comprised of faculty members from the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Public Health and Medicine as well as representatives from the department of Environmental Health and Safety. The committee reports to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and meets quarterly to:
  • Establish guidelines to define hazardous chemicals/materials use, handling and storage
  • Review and approve activities involving hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Provide oversight of activities using hazardous chemicals/materials by reviewing activities of the chemical safety review program.
  • Recommend appropriate training requirements for individuals using hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Recommend appropriate personal protective equipment for hazardous chemical/material use
  • Recommend appropriate guidelines for use of ”controlled substances”
  • Review and recommend appropriate programs for compliance with existing and new regulations involving the use of hazardous chemicals/materials
  • Recommend suitable, safer chemical/material substitutes as appropriate
  • Review and recommend improvements regarding the Chemical Safety Program
  • Review and make recommendations regarding the safe disposal of chemicals and hazardous materials
If you have questions about the Committee or have topics of interest for the Committee, please contact Judith McBride,, 934-2487 or Donna Williamson,, 934-4752.

Recent Accomplishments:
Recently, Dr. Stanishevsky, from the Physics Department, provided a review of the Nanotechnology training module, which he developed. The content of this training is based on general information and applications, health and safety issues, and published standards. It gives basic definitions and standard terminology, which includes classifications, properties, look, and appearance. It contains information on inorganic and organic particles and a summary table for applications by particular type. It provides exposure and potential health effects of inhaled ultrafine particles. Also included is the ASTM standard, risk assessment, and exposure controls. Safety practices for labeling and storage, protective clothing, PPE, fire and exposition control, and management of spills are included. This course will be available on-line for campus users of nanomaterials sometime in 2013.

Forms or Guides
Project Registration Form
Chemical Safety and Waste Management Manual

Nanotechnology Awareness Training
NIOSH Nanotechnology Resources:
New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard – Hazcom 2012:
Chemical Safety Board:

Meeting Dates for 2020:
February 12
April 8
June 10
August 12
October 14
December 9