Visiting ASU Team Studies UNH Chemical Environmental Management Program

Visiting ASU Team Studies UNH Chemical Environmental Management Program

Mar 03, 2014

A team from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Office of Environmental Health and Safety visited campus February 10th to learn about the university’s Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS), reports Brad Manning, director of Environmental Health and Safety.

In 2001, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) developed an innovative approach to chemical management using a web-based application called UNHCEMS®. The program, designed by UNH's Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) and Research Computing Center (RCC), enables colleges and universities to manage their chemical inventory from procurement to disposal (“cradle to grave”).  The CEMS web-based program was established to improve laboratory safety and track quantities and locations of hazardous materials and provide emergency response information to laboratory and emergency response personnel.

Other universities such as Brown and University of Massachusetts have also sent teams to study how the program might be emulated on their campuses.

The ASU visiting team included David Gillum, who previously worked at EH&S. He is currently associate director for biosafety and biosecurity. Accompanying David was Henry Walsh, the ASU manager of environmental programs.

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