Campus Safety: It’s Not Just for Universities Anymore

When you hear the phrase campus safety, you likely immediately envision a college campus. But campus-based environments also include medical centers, research institutions and multibuilding corporations, and each presents unique OSH challenges.

ASSE’s Management Practice Specialty has a Campus Safety Committee aimed at helping members who work in campus-based environments share ideas and exchange lessons learned. According to committee chair Jonathan Klane, M.S.Ed., CSP, CIH, CHMM, CET, a professional member of ASSE’s Arizona Chapter, safety professionals working on a campus must be particularly aware of the dynamics of working with professors, researchers, Ph.D.s, doctors and others who enjoy considerable independence as part of the organizational structure and work culture.

As assistant director of safety programs for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, Klane has gained unique insight on this dynamic, which he shared in a recent guest post on ASSE’s EHS Works blog. The post contains five vignettes that address challenges such as respiratory protection for students, personal air sampling of medical personnel, sharing chemical hazard data and emergency evacuation, situations that an OSH professional working on a campus of any kind might encounter.

If you work in a campus environment and are interested in joining the committee, send Klane an e-mail or call him at (480) 965-8498.