50 Things Every University EH&S Person Should Know
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 1:00 PM CT, 2:00 PM ET
Presented by: Robert Emery, DrPH, CHP, CBSP, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CPP, ARM,, Vice President for Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management

Since 1997, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Department of Safety, Health, Environment & Risk Management (UTHSCH SHERM) has presented the week-long “EH&S Academy” training course specifically designed to address the health and safety needs unique to colleges and universities. While the course has been successful on both a national and international scale, an issue that has recurrently become apparent during various course offerings is the consistent inability of participant’s to succinctly articulate: (1) why their EH&S department exists, (2) how they serve to further the key missions of the institution, and (3) the essential functions of the various units within the department. Recognizing that the likely causes of this shortcoming is indicative of a deficiency in the way EH&S staff are originally trained, UTHSCH SHERM management developed a list of 50 items considered by consensus to be essential for every staff member within the department to know. The “50 questions”, consisting of both objective and subjective issues, address a wide variety of aspects related to the university health and safety functions, ranging from essential institutional descriptors to appropriately responding to indoor air quality complaints. Training provided to departmental staff centering on the 50 questions (and associated answers) has proven to be enlightening for the line staff and management alike, and an overall improved level of both customer service and departmental image has been observed. In this session, the 50 “need to know” questions will be presented and the rationale for their selection discussed. Ample time will be allotted for participant questions, commentary and discussion.

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