From: "Casparian, Armen" <caspariana**At_Symbol_Here**WIT.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Compensation and liability for "part-time" CHO
Date: April 29, 2012 10:41:53 AM EDT
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Hello Mario,


It is my understanding that OSHA intended that a CHO be a position that has a defined salary associated with the duties and responsibilities of that position.  It should also have a separate budget to implement safety regulations and meet safety codes, including installing/maintaining engineering controls (like hoods, safety showers, etc.), managing administrative controls, and providing students with PPE (like disposable nitrile gloves).  BTW, did you happen to know Professor Stephen Nodvin?


Armen S. Casparian,  NRCC-CHO

Professor, Dept. of Sciences

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Boston, MA 02115


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Garcia-Rios Mario
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:35 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Compensation and liability for "part-time" CHO


Good Morning Everyone,

I have a couple of questions. For the past year I have served as the "De facto", or perhaps more appropriately, "Interim"chemical hygiene officer at a small Liberal Arts college in Newton MA. I put together a CHP, that has been minimally implemented. For my services as CHO I receive a stipend of $1500 per year, with no course load reduction (I am an Associate Professor with a 4/4 load). My questions are: 1) Is the compensation fair?; 2)What is my liability, if any, or should I consult a Massachusetts attorney with this question?

Thanks for any feedback and best regards,




Mario G. Garc=EDa-R=EDos, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Biology and Chemistry

Mount Ida College

777 Dedham St.

Newton, MA 02459

Ph. 617-928-4061

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