We are in the middle of a Strategic Assessment and Alignment task force review and as the Environmental Safety Manager for the university, I’ve been asked to compare our structure and staffing to other peer institutions.
If you are a small independent college or university with about 1500 -2000 students, can you answer the following to me off line?
Just for comparison, I am also the Lab Manager for the Division of Natural Sciences which supports both the biology major and the chemistry service courses. Technically, I am supposed to be doing the work at 0.5 FTE or 18.75 hrs/week for the Lab Manager Position and then 0.5 FTE (18.75 hrs) for the Environmental Safety position. Responsibilities usually associated with a CHO are not clearly delineated at this time between the 2 positions so I personally think of my job as one third LM/one third CHO/ one third EHS. I am sure many of you can guess what is and is not getting done, especially during the fall and spring semesters.
Do you have an Environmental Safety Manager at your institution?
Is the position a split position? If so, what are your other duties and what is the ratio of the split?
Is EHS more than a one man show at your institution? If so, how many in the department?
Do you use student workers and, if so, how many?
Do you have a campus safety committee? If so, do you participate or run the committee?
If your only role is EHS, do you process Workman’s comp’s claims?
What are the relevant stats for your institution? I.e. undergrad enrollment, chem major?
I would obviously like to compare apples to apples as closely as possible but I think every position is a little different at each school.
Thank you so much for your help and hope everyone has a restful break next week!
Heather Layton Kaufmann, Ph.D.
Environmental Safety and Laboratories Manager
School of Arts & Sciences
Gwynedd Mercy University
1325 Sumneytown Pike
P.O. Box 901
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437
Maguire Hall 236
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