Visiting ASU Team Studies Chemical Management Program

A team from Arizona State University’s (ASU) Office of Environmental Health and Safety visited campus Feb. 11 to learn about the university’s Chemical Environmental Management System (CEMS), reports Don Robinson, executive director of Environmental Health and Safety.

According to Robinson, CEMS “has become a best practices national model for how to properly manage chemicals and other hazardous materials in a cost effective regulatory compliant manner.”

The program, based in a new laboratory in the Lederle Graduate Research Center, was launched in 2007 as a new centralized chemical inventory and tracking program and operated by EH&S staff. 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 medical personnel, he said.

Other universities such as Yale and Connecticut have also sent teams to to study how the program might be emulated on their campuses.

The ASU visiting team included David Gillum, who graduated from UMass Amherst and previously worked at EH&S. He is currently associate director for biosafety and biosecurity at Arizona State.