reply-type=original Folks, I forwarded Ralph Stewart's recent post on the "School Chemistry Laboratory Safety Guide" to the Arkansas Sceince Teachers Listserv (K-12) and it started a buzz. I'd like to know if anyone on this list could input on this response (below) and I will forward it to the science listserv. I am not a CHO, have had minimal training and so am hesitant to respond authoritatively. I think there are two questions at hand; are high schools in Arkansas required to have a CHP, and has having a CHP helped a school in an actual court case? Thanks Bob Belford Dr. Robert E. Belford Department of Chemistry University of Arkansas at Little Rock www.ualr.edu/rebelford (501)569-8824 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Dennis Brown"
To: Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 11:51 AM Subject: CHP's Ok, help me here. Bill, your statement on the last email concerning CHPs and the OSHA requirements has me a little confused(copy is below). Below is the standard you referenced. I noticed on the title that is says both RECOMMENDATIONS AND Non-mandatory(copy is below). I also understood from past discussions that OSHA requirements do not apply to schools. Am I wrong here? While I understand the benefit and we are presently working on a CHP because we understand the benefit of having one, is there anything PUBLISHED, either state or federal, which REQUIRES a CHP of schools? If we have to have a CHP then why not a CHO? I thought that was discussed on OSHA site as well. Does anyone know about court cases from past school accidents where having a CHP was beneficial to the individual or the school? (I know that misfeasance and negligence enter in here but I am not talking about that.) Bill's statement in the last email. 2. It applies to school employees who work in laboratory settings (i.e., science teachers and lab assistants); indirectly it may serve to protect students. OSHA SITE - TITLE PG * Part Number: 1910 * Part Title: Occupational Safety and Health Standards * Subpart: Z * Subpart Title: Toxic and Hazardous Substances * Standard Number: 1910.1450 App A * Title: National Research Council Recommendations Concerning Chemical Hygiene in Laboratories (Non-Mandatory) Thanks, D. Brown
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