Fire & Life Safety Advisory Group

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The University of Texas Fire and Life Safety Advisory Group (FALSAG) is comprised of representatives of the Institutions and various offices of The University of Texas System (the UT System). Each Institution is represented by the individual with institutional responsibility for fire and life safety.

Mission

The FALSAG mission is to provide advice and recommendations to The University of Texas System (the UT System) Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Committee, to support the development and implementation of appropriate programs in furtherance of fire and life safety. To serve as a mechanism for a free exchange of information and cooperation among the Institutions and various offices of the UT System with fire and life safety issues. The FALSAG will support and facilitate cooperative efforts related to fire and life safety that are beneficial to the Institutions and the UT System. These efforts will include the dispersal of information relative to: compliance with fire and life safety codes, standards, regulations, and safety education and training programs in order to promote a safe work place and environment for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors.

Goals:
  • Emphasize and enhance communication and cooperation among the Institutions and various offices of the UT System concerning fire and life safety issues
  • Review, evaluate and recommend regulatory code and compliance strategies
  • Encourage and promote the hiring of well-qualified fire and life safety personnel
  • Identify, recommend and pursue opportunities to facilitate collaborative efforts that will benefit the Institutions and the UT System
Organizational Guidelines

The University of Texas Fire and Life Safety Advisory Group (FALSAG) is a standing subcommittee of The University of Texas System (the UT System) Environmental Health and Safety Advisory Committee (EHSAC). Each Institution will be represented on the FALSAG by the person responsible for fire, life, and occupational health and safety for the Institution or a delegate designated by the director. The UT System will designate an additional representative.

The FALSAG will select from its membership a Chair to serve for a period of two consecutive years. The FALSAG will select from its membership a Chair-elect who will serve for a period of two consecutive years and succeed the Chair for a two-year term. The Chair-elect will serve as Vice-Chair of the FALSAG and shall not be from the same Institution. The selection of the Chair and the Chair-elect shall be subject to the approval of the EHSAC.

A Recording Secretary will be selected on alternative years to serve for a period of two years.

The FALSAG will meet at least two times each year at the call of the Chair. The Chair will give notice of the proposed agenda and meeting details to the Chair of the EHSAC not less than ten days prior to distribution of the meeting notice. Meeting minutes will be taken and distributed to the membership of the FALSAG and the Chair of the EHSAC by the Recording Secretary within twenty working days after the meeting. Meetings may be held by teleconference, video teleconference or in person.

The UT System representative on the FALSAG will be the principal liaison between the FALSAG and the UT System. Recommendations from the FALSAG will be brought to the EHSAC by the Chair of the FALSAG and, as necessary and appropriate, will be brought to the attention of the UT System by the UT System representative. At each meeting of the EHSAC, the Chair of the FALSAG, or the Chair's delegate, shall present a report of the activities of the FALSAG. The report may be given in person, in writing, by teleconference, or by video teleconference at the discretion of the Chair of the FALSAG. Either the Chair of the EHSAC or the Chair of the FALSAG may request a presentation of the report in person.

The FALSAG's mission statement is to support the need and desirability of maintaining the FALSAG as a standing subcommittee of the EHSAC. The FALSAG may organize and direct subcommittees made up of its members as needed.

At the October 2006 EHSAC meeting it was determined that all subgroups would use the EHSAC Guidelines since they include guidelines for the subgroups.