In 2010, TTU initiated a 16-member, university-wide safety committee chaired by Professor Dmitri Pappas of the chemistry and biochemistry department. "Safe research is as important as ethical research. These go hand in hand," Pappas says, according to the Avalanche-Journal. "You can't be productive if you're not doing [research] properly. Properly means safe and ethically. Our job is to assist faculty in keeping students safe, keeping themselves safe and the university safe." The committee's tasks reportedly include assessing safety protocols and assisting outside investigators in case of safety incidents.
Students report that faculty members are now careful to distribute safety apparel and require its use, the article states. Pappas also notes that the university is developing incentives for good safety practice and moving to make safety a factor in tenure and promotion decisions. "Everyone will realize, just like everything we do that's required of us, [safety awareness is] just something that just gets done automatically," he says, as quoted by the Avalance-Journal. "Once safety becomes an automatic part of your job and your thinking, then we've actually transformed the safety culture."