Date: Fri, 20 May 2011 12:44:46 -0400
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From: McGrath Edward J <Edward.McGrath**At_Symbol_Here**REDCLAY.K12.DE.US>
Subject: Re: Realm of Duties for a Univercity CHO?
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From what you described (and I'm guessing many will agree with me), it
sounds like your university needs a safety committee that represents the
different areas you describe.  Our school district has done this, with
representation from teaching, administration, custodial staff, nursing,
and other areas.  This committee can devise a systemic safety plan and
an implementation plan.  We started this about six years ago, and
compensate teachers for extra time they put in.  I proposed this to my
administration, explaining that the $1500 for compensating five teachers
doesn't really compare to the dollar amount or emotional cost of a
liability suit.  You'd be amazed how much teachers love to teach in a
culture of safety.

Edward J. McGrath
Science Supervisor
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1502 Spruce Avenue
Wilmington, DE  19805
(302) 552-3768
"Fortune favors the prepared mind."  Louis Pasteur
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Mary M. Cavanaugh
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 11:20 AM
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Realm of Duties for a Univercity CHO?

You wrote: " Would someone with my designation have to meet the needs of
chemicals in other areas of the university say the art dept or physical

No. The University CHO is not responsible for the oversight of chemicals
in non-lab settings such as the art department or Physical Plant.  These
would be the responsibility of the Hazard Communication program manager
--  if you had one.  It often does makes sense for the same person serve
in both capacities (i.e. both University CHO and HazCom Manager),
because there is a great deal of overlap.  But being the University CHO
does not mean that the regulators expect you to oversee the non-lab

Your university may well not understand this distinction, and may be
assuming you are managing both. I don't think it would be a reasonable
request of any university to ask someone who also has a full teaching
load to serve in both capacities, however.  For a very small university,
perhaps someone with a reduced teaching load could do both jobs.

Hope this helps.  It sounds like your university really needs to take a
hard look at its safety program (or lack thereof).


Mary M. Cavanaugh CIH
Interim Director, Occupational Safety & Health Office University
Industrial Hygienist Phone 828.262.6838 (Tues-Wed) Phone 828.262.4008
ext 3# (Mon, Thu, Fri) Email cavanaughmm**At_Symbol_Here** 


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of
Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen
Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 9:17 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Realm of Duties for a Univercity CHO?

I was hoping to get some feedback on the duties of what the assignment
of "University CHO" may include for others in academia. My university
has no EH&S dept, OSHA officer or general safety trainer and I have been
the CHO for the science dept along with a hefty teaching load.  My
understanding of the OSHA reg for implementing a CHO is that it is
directly a result of the
OSHA Lab Standard.     At this time the other dept/areas are handling
own chemicals and training independently of me. I am trying to build a
case for detailed reasons/regulations  why the university should employ
a separate OSHA officer to oversee non-laboratory use/handling of
chemicals as I feel they don't understand the load such a position would
carry.  Any feedback is appreciated..

Kathleen Schmidt-Nebril, NRCC-CHO
Dominican University

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