Laboratory Safety Committees

Institutional Biosafety Committee

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) is an advisory committee at George Mason University (Mason) dedicated to excellence in the science and practice of biological safety. Committee members are involved in understanding, evaluating, and controlling the potential risks from recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials, and biologically-derived toxins. The activities of the IBC are those appropriate to accomplish its role in advising EHS and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development with regards to the acquisition, storage, use, and disposal of recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials, and biologically-derived toxins at Mason, and in monitoring and recommending as necessary, modifications to Mason’s Biosafety Program.

Radiation Safety Committee

The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) oversees administration of the Radiation Safety Program at George Mason University. The RSC reviews all users and uses of radioactive materials and x-ray producing devices to ensure that all operations involving sources of ionizing radiation are conducted in a safe manner. Additionally, the RSC periodically reviews the radiation safety program to ensure that exposure to radiation is maintained As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) and that operations at Mason are in compliance with applicable government regulations and the condition of Mason’s radioactive materials licenses with the NRC and the Commonwealth of Virginia.