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P&R Responses for recommendation 115

Recommendation 115
Department Admissions
Consensus Opinion 10 out of 10 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation We support the recommendation of the Support Programs Prioritization and Recovery Committee as submitted.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Chemistry
Consensus Opinion 14 out of 25 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation We strongly agree that this division needs increased resources to ensure a safe working environment for students, faculty, and staff. Disciplines that require the use and handling of hazardous materials (radioisotopes, biohazards, or dangerous chemicals) need experts who can advise them in their use, storage and disposal. Federal and state laws are increasing and continually changing which puts a great deal of the burden of compliance on the University. Currently EH & S does not have the resources to maintain compliance at an acceptable level. This means that faculty and staff are being asked to do a greater amount of the enforcement, for example, performing routine safety inspections of our laboratories. Trained safety professionals who understand federal and state laws should do this. In addition, there are not enough personnel to conduct face-to-face training. If the university wants to remain competitive with external funding agencies and avoid lawsuits from injuries if they occur, the university needs to make sure that EH & S compliance is taken seriously and provide the funding to assure that is does.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Computer Science
Consensus Opinion 11 out of 12 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation The computer science department supports university investment in programs that promote safe handling of chemicals and materials.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department Environmental Health & Safety
Consensus Opinion 3 out of 3 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation We strongly support the recommendation to invest in expanding the EH&S program. As you are aware the purpose of this legally required compliance function is to develop, implement and manage compliance programs and provide consultation regarding legal requirements in order to protect individuals and the environment. Additionally, this includes providing safety training, implementing inspections to improve compliance, emergency response to hazardous (infectious, chemical or radioactive) agent releases/exposures and abatement of hazardous or unsafe conditions on campus as required by law. Reference: Titles 3, 8, 13, 14, 17, 19, 22 and 23 California Code of Regulations; California Health & Safety, Education Code, Labor, Penal and Vehicle Codes.
Permanent budget reductions over the past several years have eliminated 50% of the department’s staff and available resources. These reductions have been occurring while the expectations from the government increased in the form of new laws. The University needs to reverse this downward spiral and invest in this program. This investment will:
□ Allow EH&S to support faculty and students in expanding and improving the educational and research mission by working with faculty and staff to produce more knowledgeable students that are aware of safety, environmental protection and associated laws
□ Increase the percentage of legally required EH&S training provided.
□ Increase the percentage of legally required safety inspections completed
□ Increase percentage of EH&S legally required EH&S programs/tasks supported.
□ Reduce the potential for fines for violation of EH&S laws.
□ Reduce the number and severity of injuries due to increased training and inspections to eliminate hazards. The long term reduction in injuries will reduce the annual cost of Worker’s Compensation and Liability premiums, freeing up funds for the University mission.
□ Partner with colleges to obtain the additional resources they need to comply with EH&S laws.
Minority Opinion 0 out of 3 faculty/staff : Con
Minority Explanation N/A

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Department Office of Student Life & Cutlural Centers
Consensus Opinion 12 out of 12 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department University Housing Services
Consensus Opinion 22 out of 22 faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation EHS is underfunded for the tasks it is mandated to perform and needs to be brought up to acceptable staffing levels. The training from this area has dwindled over the years and UHS benefitted greatly from the expertise in the area. Housing also had relied on this area heavily in the past for the knowledge and ability to access different situations from mold remediation to hazardous waste spills. We support this recommendation.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
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Department University Police
Consensus Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : Pro
Consensus Explanation The University Police Dept. is supportive of expanding EH & S to but feels that there is some ambiguity as to certain responsibilities listed for EH &S. University Police would like to suggest an outside review of the EHS responsibilities to evaluate whether or not any of them are duplications to efforts happening in other areas. It may be that some of the responsibilities listed can be relegated to others who are already doing them thereby reducing the burden for EH & S.
Minority Opinion NA out of NA faculty/staff : NA
Minority Explanation

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