Kathryn M Somers

Roles and Responsibilities

As the Associate Manager for Research Safety programs, Kathy leads, promotes and supports a comprehensive laboratory safety program for Columbia University at Morningside, and reports to, and assists, the Manager of Safety Programs with administration of the laboratory safety programs at all sites including Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Morningside, Manhattanville, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and Nevis Campuses. Since 2014 she has established and implemented the Program’s priorities in accordance with the Research Safety strategic plan. She collaborates with other EH&S Program Managers and Senior Specialists/Officers to promote best management practices on all Campuses.

Kathy is responsible for providing technical leadership, administrative oversight and daily management of laboratory safety operations, services and programs. She has developed, maintained and promoted policies, procedures and programs for laboratory safety, ensuring that the University’s campuses are compliant with pertinent local, state and federal health and safety codes.

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