A sustainable and robust program requires an adequate number of secretarial, administrative, and support personnel, along with technical staff to maintain chemical inventories and instrumentation, support laboratory functions, and assure regulatory and safety compliance. The number of support staff members should be sufficient to allow faculty to devote their time and effort to academic responsibilities and scholarly activities. One full-time laboratory technician for every four full-time or full-time-equivalent chemistry faculty members is recommended. Part-time and student help are not adequate substitutes for full-time laboratory technicians.
Two-year colleges must have a chemical hygiene officer with appropriate training and experience to develop, manage, and implement the chemical hygiene plan for the campus.6 Colleges may also have a dedicated safety position responsible specifically for the chemistry or science department, as appropriate. In order to ensure consistent implementation of safety policies, it is recommended that the duties of a chemical hygiene officer be assigned to a dedicated, full-time position, rather than added to the teaching duties of the faculty.
Many two-year colleges have an Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) department or committee that includes the chemical hygiene officer. The purpose of the EHS group is to manage the campus safety program, support consistent implementation of safety policies, maintain the chemical hygiene plan, and ensure all faculty, staff, and students have up-to-date safety training.
To foster the development of a safe environment and a safetyconscious culture, all technical staff members, including part-time and student help, should receive regular training in chemical safety protocols, proper use of equipment, and waste management.