Hi Ralph - I have a somewhat different approach to this. I think that any high risk department (chemistry, biology, technology, and possibly others such as art, physics, etc. should have a faculty position in the department who has AT LEAST 6 hrs release time to oversee the program in the really at risk departments.
Logic behind this:
This should not be a "tag you're it" person, but rather a person
who actually has training in the field of study and in CHO and OSH
duties. This person would not replace a university level CHO. I
think that at a minimum any university should have a full time CHO
in the EHS office if they have departments that use chemicals or
engage in hazardous processes.
My two cents.
A colleague writes: ==I've been asked by a college system comprised of 13 institutions if they should hire a full- or part-time chemical hygiene officer. Do you know what parameter(s) per CHO hour may be the best way to think about it (student enrollment, number of science faculty, chemical inventory, current state of the program, etc.)? ==I agreed to send the question to the DCHAS-L for input from people who may have faced this question in their setting. Any responses would be appreciated. - Ralph Ralph Stuart secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org Secretary Division of Chemical Health and Safety American Chemical Society
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