Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2004 06:33:53 -0500
Reply-To: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
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From: Ralph Stuart <rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Chemical Safety Training Programs

In a meeting yesterday, the chair of our Chemistry Department safety
committee asked me what constituted "adequate training" for a
Chemistry Department in the regulatory sense. My answer as that,
since the Chemical Hygiene Standard is performance based standard,
there is no clear answer to this question (he asked it in terms of
contact hours); the proof of an adequate training program is in a
laboratory's "safety performance" as assessed on site.

For good reasons, this is not a particularly satisfactory answer. In
trying to think of a better one, I remembered that several times over
the last 10 years various people and organizations have collected
data from around the U.S. about what safety training various academic
programs provide to their students. I wonder if anyone knows where
the results of this might be published? (Yes, I think I contributed a
paper about this to a CHAS meeting several years ago; no, the paper
was never written up.)

If I can't find any published information about this, I'll probably
be back to the list next week with a request for information.

Thanks for any help.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH
Environmental Safety Manager
University of Vermont
Environmental Safety Facility
667 Spear St.
Burlington, VT   05405

fax: (802)656-5407

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