2.1.1 Senior Officers
MIT's Senior Officers include the President, Provost, Chancellor, Executive Vice President, Vice Presidents, and Deans. This executive staff provides resources, including human resources, specialized skills, technology, and financial resources, essential to the implementation and control of the EHS-MS. (See Chart)
2.1.2 Councils and Committees
The organizational structure of the EHS-MS is designed to incorporate multi-disciplinary relationships to assure that EHS issues are addressed in a comprehensive and integrated fashion. These relationships are established through various committees whose functions are summarized below:
- Institute Council on Environment, Health and Safety and the Committees on:
- Animal Care
- Assessment of Biohazards and Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight
- Radiation Exposure to Human Subjects
- Radiation Protection
- Reactor Safeguard
- Toxic Chemicals
- Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects
The Institute Council on Environment, Health and Safety (ICEHS) reports to the President and is responsible for coordinating policy development, the assessment of procedures of the Institute Committees concerned with specific areas of environment, health and safety, and overseeing the implementation and effectiveness of the EHS-MS. The Council serves as a forum in which shared concerns of these Committees are coordinated and where issues of individual Committees are resolved. The Council is also responsible for identifying new environment, health and safety issues that emerge as new activities are undertaken and new technologies evolve. In instances where such new activities do not fall within the purview of an existing committee, the Council may expand the area of concern of an existing committee or recommend the creation of a new committee.
The Council's membership includes:
- Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, Chair
- Managing Director, Environmental, Health and Safety Programs
- Director, Environment, Health and Safety Office
- Chair, Committee on Animal Care
- Chair, Committee on Assessment of Biohazards and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight
- Chair, Committee on the use of Humans as Experimental Subjects
- Chair, Committee on Radiation Protection
- Chair, Committee on Reactor Safeguard
- Chair, Committee on Toxic Chemicals
- Institute Auditor
- Dean's Office
- Service Administrators from Department of Facilities, Lincoln Laboratory, and MIT Medical
- Working Committee Representatives
MIT's Committee on Animal Care (CAC) reviews and approves all experiments involving animals to ensure that MIT researchers working with animals comply with federal, state, local and institutional regulations on animal care. To that end, the CAC inspects animals, animal facilities and laboratories, and reviews all research and teaching exercises that involve animals before approving experiments to be performed.
The Committee on Assessment of Biohazards and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight (CAB/ESCRO) reviews and approves research involving potential health and safety problems associated with biological research and Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC)
The Committee on Radiation Protection is responsible for developing and monitoring the Institute's radiation protection program. The Committee is also responsible for assuring the Institute's compliance with radiation protection regulations promulgated by state, federal, and local agencies.
The Committee on Reactor Safeguard is responsible for matters of nuclear safety related to the MIT Research Reactor, including the safety of personnel on and off site. The Committee reviews and approves all new operating plans and policies, including significant modifications, and all new experiments involving significant changes in procedure prior to implementation. The Committee verifies that nuclear reactor operation is consistent with MIT policy, rules, approved operating procedures, and license provisions.
The Committee on Toxic Chemicals (CTC) is responsible for reviewing current practices with regard to the effects of toxic chemicals, including carcinogens. The Committee is also responsible for developing policies necessary to control the risks and exposure to personnel working with such agents, and for ensuring compliance with rules and regulations.
The Committee on the Use of Humans as Experimental Subjects (COUHES) reviews and approves all research involving human subjects that is performed under the auspices of MIT in accordance with Federal regulations and MIT policy. Types of research that must be reviewed by the Committee include investigation of new drugs and medical, radiological, engineering, physiological, behavioral, sociological, and nutritional studies.
2.1.3 Ad hoc Committees
The Working Committee serves as an advisory body to the EHS Office. The committee builds consensus and/or vet proposed changes to existing or new policies, procedures and/or systems in respect to the impact to multiple DLC.
Ad hoc Safety Committee
The purpose of the Ad Hoc Safety Committee is to assist the Institute in providing a safe and healthy workplace for all faculty, staff and students. The committee serves to provide oversight and direction to the Environment, Health and Safety Office safety programs (including Safety Program and Industrial Hygiene Program) and serves in an advisory capacity on safety issues to the Institute Council on Environment, Health and Safety.