From: Miikue-Yobe Togenu <togenu**At_Symbol_Here**YAHOO.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CHO hiring algorithm?
Date: November 12, 2012 4:19:08 PM EST
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Dear Ralph, I do agree completely with Samuella and come to think about it a university handling such health risk chemicals should not think about a part time staff whose presence will only be when he/she is around. A full timer is the best bet.
Grateful to you.

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From: Samuella B Sigmann
Date: Monday, November 12, 2012 2:16:05 PM GMT-0500
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] CHO hiring algorithm?

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 person will typically have a better working relationship with
other faculty (very important) and can offer immediate assistance
with questions. The better integrated the safety implementation
process is at allowing research to proceed in a way that makes
sense, the more likely it will be accepted.
* This person is on the floor observing on a daily basis and problems
can be addressed as identified.
* This person can act as a liaison between the safety office and the
* This person can be invaluable to the chair of a high risk department
for advise and troubleshooting.

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.

On 11/12/2012 11:49 AM, Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and
Safety wrote:
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
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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