Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 08:49:55 -0800
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From: "Kapin, James" <jkapin**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: What's in a name???
Hi Russ,
After a ridiculous amount of discussion, we came up with the term "Departmental Safety Coordinator" for those people acting at the departmental level (although sometimes you will hear "departmental safety officer" also).  We also have "Area Safety Coordinators" who are the contacts in labs shops, etc. 
This turned into quite a little drama as we considered whether they were "contacts" or "coordinators", what their duties were, whether they were required or optional, etc.  As of right now, mainly because of the politics, their duties are not defined, although we did finally manage to achieve consensus on a description of duties for the ASC.
Have fun - Jim

Jim Kapin
Chemical Safety Officer, UC San Diego
858-534-2823, fax 858-534-7982
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0920
La Jolla, CA 92093-0920

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From: George H. Wahl, Jr [mailto:george_wahl**At_Symbol_Here**NCSU.EDU]
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Subject: Re: What's in a name???

here we sometimes just call them "Principal Investigator" more commonly we (mis-)use the title CHO

A rose by any other name........

Dear List(s) Members,
I am in need of your combined linguistic expertise...
On our campus, each department that has at least one laboratory has designated a departmental Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO). I meet regularly with this group of 20 CHOs to discuss issues and help educate each other on best safe practices. My director is interested in expanding the scope of the CHO to include the other safety related issues in laboratories, such as biosafety and other not strictly 'health hazards from chemicals' as defined by OSHA. The truth is that most of these people have functioned in the 'expanded CHO' role for their departments anyway. With the proposed change in scope, we are looking for a new designation.
Of course the first one I suggested, Laboratory Safety Officer (LSO), was objected to by our Radiation Safety Officer as the LSO designation in his world means Laser Safety Officer...
So, I plead to your collective brains, please help me brainstorm on names (and acronyms) for these hard working people.
If you respond directly to me. I'll compile the suggestions and post them to both lists with in a week.

Russell Vernon, Ph.D.
Laboratory / Research Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521


Direct: (909) 787-5119
Admin: (909) 787-5528
Fax: (909) 787-5122

George H. Wahl, Jr.
Professor of Chemistry
N C State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8204

(919) 515-2941
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