Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:16:54 EDT
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From: Alvaldenio**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM
Subject: Re: Safety and Employee Reviews
Comments: To: millerej**At_Symbol_Here**PLATTSBURGH.EDU

Hi Suzanne, Ed and all:  I was a research chemist at duPont befo re moving to academia.  At duPont, safety was a BIG item in all reviews.   Violations would impact raises and promotions.  Failure to shape up quickly would lead to the famous "pink slip", even for guys.  When I moved to academia, my duPont background meant becoming Chair of the Safety Committee.  First problem - the Dept Chair did not wear safety glasse s in the lab!  Safety in academia is a major weakness.  Promotions ev aluate Research, Teaching and Public Service.  Safety should be included und er Teaching - our students respond to what we do and require.  This shou ld be enforced from the President's office, especially in view of liability concerns.  In case you have not noticed, the U.S. has an oversupply of lawyers!  Al Denio

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