laboratory safety issues

From:Maria Mejia

Hello Everyone!

I need some advise and assistance regarding laboratory safety issues and
the role of the Safety Officer. I'm a neurohistologist that works 75%.
For several
months, I've been working on a detail chemical hygiene plan for our
institute in
addition to my histology work. I even started a library of various
safety books and
safety videotapes for everyone to use at the institute. In addition to
my histology
duties (which currently dip and peak depending on the research project &
PI), I've
also been assigned the safety duties for the institute, that includes
providing safety
training sessions for EVERYONE at the institute.

I was told by administration that all this is all part of my job as a
histologist. I say it's
above and beyond and my salary should be adjusted to reflect this. Am I
Please any assistance or suggestions you can provide will be greatly
Now, I've gone through all my safety literature and no one talks about
salary for the
Safety Officer they only list and it's a long list of duties.

Maria Mejia
Smith-Kettlewell Eye Res. Inst

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