Yes, we have a newly formed group of which I am the chairman—The Sciences Dept. “Health and Safety Committee.” The Dept. Chair picked the committee members and appointed me chair. The Sciences Dept. consists of faculty members from physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as from the Biomedical Engineering Dept. Which is housed in the same (new) building. Technical staff (lab. technicians) are also members of the committee.. There is also a yet to be formed campus-wide environmental health and safety committee, to which our committee will report to or interface with. Once the laboratory manager’s position gets filled, he/she will most likely also be the Chemical Health and Safety Officer, and will be a part of the Health and Safety Committee. I am told that the campus wide committee will report to the senior vice-president of the physical plant/operations/business arm of the institute, not the academic arm. Our mission is to discuss health and safety issues of the department, chiefly the laboratories, and be sure that we are in compliance with the OHSA and EPA, as well as MA State regs.
Armen Casparian, NRCC-CHO
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115
Does anyone have department based safety committees (Chemistry, Physics, Biology) at their institution? If so, what is the role of the safety committee and how does it interface with Environmental Health & Safety. Do charters exist for each committee and would anyone mind sharing an example?
Physical Sciences Facilities Management
121 baker Lab
Ithaca, NY 14850
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