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San Diego Environmental Health & Safety Committee

Mission Statement

This committee seeks to address and resolve environmental health and safety issues involved with operating a life science company. The committee recommends positions on environmental bills to the Legislative Committee/Public Policy Oversight Committee and periodically develops and performs surveys that quantify the unique aspects of our industry in order to educate policymakers on the impacts of regulations.

Committee Make-Up

To ensure a strong working committee, participation will include the Co-Chairs and Committee members. Committee members are required to attend/call in to at least four EH&S related meetings per year to maintain a seat on the committee. Meetings take place bi-monthly on the fourth Thursday of the month at 8:30am.

Committee Responsibilities

  • Assist in planning of workshops, including developing themes, and identifying and securing speakers.
  • Encourage participation from industry and non-industry companies/organizations in workshops.
  • Participate in community outreach to bolster Committee participation, as well as outreach to government offices and life science clusters throughout the Southern California.
  • Act as a resource for the Biocom membership regarding EH&S matters.
  • Keep abreast of regulations and code changes that will affect the life science industry and communicate changes to Biocom staff.
  • Give expert perspective/input on potential legislation and report to the Legislative Committee/Public Policy Oversight Committee for further Biocom action.

Biocom Responsibilities

  • At the direction of the Co-Chairs, provide official communication to committee members through agendas, emails, and background documents for all committee meetings.
  • Provide clear procedures for participation in each workshop and coordinate the program with the committee, Co-Chairs, and speakers.
  • Prepare and distribute marketing materials to promote workshops and activities, including registration materials.
  • Ensure accurate and updated information in publications.
  • Organize logistics for EH&S Committee meetings and workshops.

2019/2020 Meeting Dates

  • October 17, 2019
  • February 20, 2020
  • April 16, 2020
  • June 18, 2020
  • August 20, 2020
  • October 15, 2020

Committee Information

  • Biocom Staff Contact: Melanie Cohn
  • Committee Chairs: Cliff Hanna, Senior Safety Engineer, General Atomics; Dan Shiel, Director of Risk & Quality Management Services, Pfizer La Jolla

Committee Admissions Requirements:

  • Must be Biocom members. All members welcome.