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    Title:

    Institutional Committees

    Publication date:

    3/8/2017

    Effective date:

    7/27/2011

    BRIEF

    Summary

    This document briefly describes Berkeley Lab's standing institutional committees that support its scientific and management functions.

    • Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council
    • Laboratory Staff Committee
    • Laboratory Professional Awards Committee
    • Space Advisory Committee (SPAC)
    • Human Subjects Committee (HSC)
    • Animal Welfare and Research Committee
    • Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee (COIAC)
    • Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)
    • Safety Advisory Committee (SAC)
    • Requirements Management Committee (RMC)

    Who Should Read This Policy

    All interested persons

    To Read the Full Description, Go To:

    The INFORMATION tab of this page.

    Contact Information

    To update the information contained herein, contact the RPM editor at rpm@lbl.gov.
    To find more information on a particular committee, see the provided links.

    Title:

    Institutional Committees

    Publication date:

    3/8/2017

    Effective date:

    7/27/2011

    INFORMATION

    A. Purpose

    This document summarizes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab's) standing institutional committees that support various aspects of its scientific and management functions.

    B. Descriptions

    1. The Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council seeks to foster innovative actions to create an inclusive work environment that makes full use of the contributions of all employees. Its charter may be found here. The Council reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer, and each division chooses at least one representative to serve. The Council helps support a workforce that reflects and embraces the diversity of our community, nation, and world, while striving to attain the following goals/objectives:
      1. Create synergy between division/department diversity action plans and initiatives.
      2. Share diversity best practices across the Laboratory.
      3. Create and execute new initiatives that promote diversity in divisions and the Laboratory.
      4. Visibly recognize and communicate diversity best-practices achievements throughout the Laboratory.
      5. Identify and address emerging issues that can impact our diversity culture.
    2. The Laboratory Staff Committee advises the Laboratory Director on matters concerning Laboratory-wide consistency in the quality of the scientific staff and on divisional procedures for selection and appointment. More information may be found in Section D.4 of the Appointments, Scientist & Engineer policy.
    3. The Laboratory Professional Awards Committee, reporting to the Deputy Director for Research, seeks and publicizes outside recognition of Laboratory scientific and technical staff. To this end, it promotes awareness of awards at the Laboratory, advises the Laboratory Director and Deputy Director for Research on strategies for awards, and encourages coordination and cooperation among divisions and with the University in nominating candidates for awards. Members are drawn from scientific divisions and the Lab Directorate, and are appointed by the Deputy Director for Research.
    4. The Space Advisory Committee (SPAC), chartered by the Deputy Director for Operations, makes recommendations for space-management policy and procedures. It reviews proposals for new and revised division space allocations and assignments, and makes recommendations to the Deputy Director for Operations, who is the deciding official. The SPAC includes representatives from the scientific and operations divisions and the Deputy Director for Operations or designee. Its charter may be found here.
    5. The Human Subjects Committee (HSC) is the Laboratory's Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Research Participants Protection and reviews research performed at Berkeley Lab that involves the participation of human subjects. The HSC reports to the Berkeley Lab Institutional Officer, currently the Deputy Director for Research. The HSC ensures that subjects are treated ethically, and that the risks and benefits of research are balanced and consistent with the principles set out in the Belmont Report: respect for persons, justice, and beneficence. All human-subject research performed at or funded through the Laboratory, or conducted off site by Laboratory staff, must be subject to HSC review, and must not be performed unless approved by the HSC. Members of the HSC are nominated by the HSC and appointed by the Institutional Officer. Berkeley Lab strives to ensure this committee reflects varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution. More information about this committee is available in Health and Safety Manual PUB-3000, Chapter 22 (Research with Human and Animal Subjects).
    6. The Animal Welfare and Research Committee (AWRC) ensures the humane and ethical treatment of research animals at the Laboratory. The AWRC is also the Laboratory's link to people and institutions involved with animal research outside the Laboratory. Members are generally drawn from the Biosciences Divisions.
    7. The Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee (COIAC) acts under the authority of the Deputy Director for Research and independently assesses the significance of financial interests associated with proposed outside professional activities of principal investigators and others involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of research to be performed under Contract 31, regardless of the funding source. The Committee makes a written recommendation to the Deputy Director for Research concerning approval of the proposed compensated outside professional activity and, if applicable, appropriate strategies to manage, reduce, or eliminate associated conflicts of interest. The COIAC's independent assessment of potential conflicts of interest promotes integrity in the research enterprise. The Committee is staffed by the Research and Institutional Integrity Office.
    8. The Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) is appointed by, and reports to, the Laboratory Director and advises Laboratory Management on all matters related to occupational and environmental radiation safety. The RSC reviews and recommends approval of radiation safety policies and guides the Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) Division and radiation user divisions in carrying out these programs. The scope of its actions will generally focus on issues of broad institutional concern and impact, or areas of potential high consequence either in terms of safety or institutional needs. Its charter may be found here.

    9. The Safety Advisory Committee (SAC) performs research for and makes recommendations to the Laboratory Director on the development and implementation of Environment, Safety & Health (ES&H) policy, guidelines, codes, and regulatory interpretation. It conducts reviews of special safety problems and provides recommendations for possible solutions if requested to do so by the Laboratory Director. The SAC also provides advice and counsel to the Deputy Director for Operations by reviewing appeals from the Laboratory divisions when there is a disagreement between any division and the EH&S Division over an interpretation or application of criteria, rules, or procedures. Such advice and counsel may include options for a resolution. Its charter may be found here.
    10. The Requirements Management Committee (RMC) provides centralized coordination and communications on Contract 31 requirements and related Laboratory policy matters. The RMC reports to the Deputy Director for Operations. The RMC champions requirements management and institutional document management processes, and applies cross-functional knowledge to the review and oversight of matters related to requirements, Laboratory policies, and, on a case-by-case basis, Laboratory implementing documents. Its charter may be found here.

    C. References or Implementing Documents

    Committee

    Charters, Web Pages, or Other Links

    Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council

    Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council Charter

    Laboratory Staff Committee

    RPM Section 2.07(B)(1), Laboratory Staff Committee

    Laboratory Professional Awards Committee

     

    Laboratory Space Advisory Committee

    SPAC Charter

    Human Subjects Committee

    Human Subjects Committee Charter

    Animal Welfare and Research Committee

    Animal Welfare and Research Committee

    Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee

    Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee

    Radiation Safety Committee

    Radiation Safety Committee Charter

    Safety Advisory Committee

    Safety Advisory Committee Charter

    Requirements Management Committee

    Requirements Management Committee Charter

    D. Contact Information

    To update the information contained herein, contact the RPM editor at rpm@lbl.gov.
    To find more information about a particular committee, see the provided links.

    E. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    1

    L. Young

    Rewrite for wiki

    all

    Minor

    7/10/2014

    1.1

    L. Young

    update links, next review date

    all

    Minor

    3/8/2017 1.2 M. Stoufer Update "Associate Laboratory Director for Operations" position title to "Deputy Director for Operations"; and "Laboratory Deputy Director" to "Deputy Director for Research" All Editorial

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Institutional Committees

    Document number

    01.02.001.000

    Revision number

    1.2

    Publication date:

    3/8/2017

    Effective date:

    7/27/2011

    Next review date:

    7/10/2017

    Policy Area:

    Laboratory General Information

    RPM Section (home)

    Lab General Policy & Info

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    Section 1.25

    Functional Division

    Directorate

    Prior reference information (optional)

    RPM Section 1.25

    Source Requirements Documents

    (not applicable)

    Implementing Documents

    Committee

    Charters, Web Pages, or Other Links

    Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council

    Laboratory Diversity & Inclusion Council Charter

    Laboratory Staff Committee

    RPM Section 2.07(B)(1), Laboratory Staff Committee

    Laboratory Professional Awards Committee

     

    Human Subjects Committee

    Human Subjects Committee Charter

    Animal Welfare and Research Committee

    Animal Welfare and Research Committee

    Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee

    Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee

    Radiation Safety Committee

    Radiation Safety Committee Charter

    Safety Advisory Committee

    Safety Advisory Committee Charter

    Requirements Management Committee

    Requirements Management Committee Charter

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