Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 08:33:27 -0400
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From: Kim Auletta <kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU>
Subject: Re: Realm of Duties for a University CHO
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Remember that OSHA standards are the BARE MINIMUM for a safe work place. 
This means that those of us with safety duties can not use the OSHA rules 
as the only definition for our jobs. And yes, employers are free to assign 
"other duties as necessary", but our art studios & engineering labs all 
report (direct or indirect) to the VP Research & those are the areas that 
I need to have a presence. 

Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
EH&S    Z=6200
Stony Brook University
FAX: 631-632-9683
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Remember to wash your hands!

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Date:   05/23/2011 07:31 AM
Subject:        Re: [DCHAS-L] Realm of Duties for a University CHO
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Mary wrote:
If you look at the definition of a lab, the making of art simply doesnŐt 
meet the definition. 
What is the definition?  We need to refer to the standard itself and not 
the conversation that's been going on here.
<< Laboratory means a facility where the "laboratory use of hazardous 
chemicals" occurs. It is a workplace where relatively small quantities of 
hazardous chemicals are used on a non-production basis. 

Laboratory scale means work with substances in which the containers used 
for reactions, transfers, and other handling of substances are designed to 
be easily and safety manipulated by one person. "Laboratory scale" 
excludes those workplaces whose function is to produce commercial 
quantities of materials. 

Laboratory use of hazardous chemicals means handling or use of such 
chemicals in which all of the following conditions are met: 

(i) Chemical manipulations are carried out on a "laboratory scale;" 

(ii) Multiple chemical procedures or chemicals are used; 

(iii) The procedures involved are not part of a production process, nor in 
any way simulate a production process; and 

(iv) "Protective laboratory practices and equipment" are available and in 
common use to minimize the potential for employee exposure to hazardous 
chemicals. >>
Each organization needs to do an evaluation to decide whether their 
workplaces (art, science, vocation) meet the definition.
My opinion is that both art and vocation workplaces can easily satisfy all 
the OSHA list requirement to be considered a laboratory and be regulated 
under the lab standard.
James A. Kaufman, Ph.D.
Chair, ICASE Committee on Safety in Science Education
International Council for Associations of Science Education


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