Safety Committee

Safety Committee Charter  

  • Serves as a primary resource for gathering and disseminating best practices in safety within zoos and aquariums, including through the AZA Professional Development Committee.
  • Collaborates with AZA’s Government Affairs Committee to be a resource with regard to federal OSHA, DOT, and EPA regulations and related state/local regulations governing workplace safety, transportation of animals and people, and safe chemical management as it pertains to zoological parks and aquariums.
  • Addresses emerging safety issues facing AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and makes recommendations to the AZA Board and Accreditation Commission about same.
  • Works with AZA staff and legal counsel to develop method for gathering  data from member zoos/aquariums with regard to potential hazards, risk management, safety incidents, and emergency preparedness to evaluate trends and recommend changes in best practices and professional development/training.
  • Confidentially reviews major incident investigations by AZA Accreditation Commission as requested, and provides feedback to Accreditation on findings, proposed controls and any trends.

Bob Chastain, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo 

Chris Bellows, SeaWorld San Antonio  
Cary Burgess, Zoo Atlanta

James Tissue, Potter Park Zoo

Board Liaison
John Lewis, Los Angeles Zoo

AZA Staff Liaison
Steve Olson

Jon Brangan, Brevard Zoo
Jeff Bucchi, Newport Aquarium
Lynn Cox, Detroit Zoological Society
Casey Coy, The Florida Aquarium
Rob Dahl, Oregon Zoo
Nathan Fague, Mystic Aquarium
Norah Fletchall, Indianapolis Zoo
Brett Golightley, Toledo Zoological Gardens
Ajay Gulati, Smithsonian Institution
Jeff Halter, Henry Vilas Zoo
Elizabeth Harmon, Naples Zoo
Danny Holtsclaw, Bronx Zoo, WCS
Rick Holzworth, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Kenneth Kaemmerer, Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
Lynn Klein, Brandywine Zoo
Anne Knapp, Zoo New England
Terry Lincoln, Dakota Zoo
Rene Martin, Fresno Chaffee Zoo
Bob McClure, San Diego Zoo Global
Keith McClintock, Studio Hansen-Roberts
Tom Meehan, CZS/Brookfield Zoo
Kelly Murphy, North Carolina Zoo
Ruel Murphy, Disney's Animal Kingdom
Yvonne Nadler, Lincoln Park Zoo
Lisa New, Knoxville Zoo
Larry Rivarde, Mystic Aquarium
John A. Scott, Denver Zoo
Craig Standridge, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Earle Stockton, Mote Marine Laboratory
Pat Thomas, Bronx Zoo
Patricia Waickman, Akron Zoo

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