How is ordering of chemicals managed? Is it done by individual PIs/department, or is it centralized?
At the University of Alaska Fairbanks, ordering is done by departments or individuals. (Ideally, by a purchasing agent in a department, sometimes by an individual PI with a procard. For the Chem department, all ordering of hazardous materials must be done by the primary admin and/or stockclerk and approved by the safety officer.)
Is central receiving part of a chemistry department, part of an EHS department (or other)?
Not centralized. In the Chem department, it comes to the main office, and is moved to a holding area on the second floor (for teaching lab materials) or on a cart inside a research lab (for research lab materials). Very large or expensive items go to a central receiving building.
Where is the central receiving area located? Inside buildings where there are labs, a separate building near laboratory buildings, or at a distant location (across campus)?
Most boxes come to the main chemistry office. Large quantities go to the loading dock at the back of the building. Very large/expensive items first go the central receiving (which is located several miles away from the Chemistry building).
Are chemicals used in art/engineering/theater departments included in requirements for chemicals to all be received at the one location?
How many personnel and what is the scope of their duties? (ordering/receiving/delivering only; part of laboratory inspection and safety training programs)
Not sure I can answer that.
The committee will likely have more questions, but this is a start.
Thanks for your input!
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