1/ Training Multi-Disciplined One-Person Specialists

AU Needs Qualified & Competent Chem Mgmt Specialists & Mgrs-by Jeff Simpson & reviewed by colleagues (11 page July 2023 pdf presentation)

HOW to Get Qualified & Competent Chem Mgmt Specialists & Mgrs-by Jeff Simpson & reviewed by colleagues(14 page Nov 2023 pdf presentation)

Bodies of Chemical Management Knowledge need to be created and maintained by each Technical, Professional and Industry Association; and also created, maintained, & co-ordinated through each Federal, State & Territory Authority with responsibility for Regulations and Guidance, that includes Chemical Management requirements & knowledge.
When Education / Training requirements are to be offered, these Bodies of Chemical Management Knowledge can be drawn on and updated from.

How do we train Multi-Disciplined (M-D) Specialists in areas our industry and community need? Especially in the case where there are not enough md specialists needed per year to sustain an ongoing degree course, or an ongoing masters course. How could Masters Courses that do applied research projects (but not “pure” research projects), be better funded?

Q/ What other M-D Specialist areas are there, where there is no tertiary training available?

Q/ How could such M-D training be brought together & managed? E.g. From subjects in other Degrees?


2/ Keeping Current as Multi-Disciplined One-Person Specialists

Do you have time to read in detail, the articles and information available on the internet, and be aware of the key issues and what is relevant / may be relevant in your various md specialist areas?

How can we improve specialist’s abilities to keep current with relevant key knowledge in this internet information overloaded world. As I understand it, courts now expect specialists to be current across all aspects of knowledge relevant to the md fields they need to cover.

Q/ What other md specialist areas are there, where similar “succinct note” newsletters are needed?


I have created a 1 page pdf with more detail about the above issues.

Please download it, and send suggestions to myself and your local tertiary education institutions and local industries. Please also pass it on.

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Two Key Sustainability Issues – 1/ Training Specialists & 2/ Keeping Current

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  • 2 June, 2017 at 6:04 pm


    I would adjust the thrust of our inspection and punishment regime to parallel the thrust of our legal system. Safety inspectors would focus on (please enjoy this!) serving “Improve” notices on Company Directors when shortcomings are are seen in how well qualified and experienced are the people making operational decision(s).

    A major part of the problem is parochialism. Multi-disciplinary specialists have to stay across a grotesque array of local regulations. This is the fault of the bureacracy. You have already quoted the pragmatic NZ approach and the Kiwis should be praised for Group Standards. Just thinking about the mishmash of NICNAS, SWA, SUSMP, AgVet EPA and others gives me the shivers.

    Chemistry is universal. You can get a degree, masters or doctorate in chemistry knowing it applies anywhere on the planet. Not so with regulations.

    I have no solutions to offer other than Orange book, Purple book and Group Standards from NZ. If I was in charge I would drop all our regulations in favour of equivalent international model regulations by adjusting our legislation accordingly to call them up.

    We then need to redeploy every one of those multitudinous, multi-State bureacrats into a single federal government department. A new Department of Safety with sole responsibility for chemical, pharmaceutical, biological and radiation safety in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, construction, waste disposal and transport plus protection of the terrestrial, aquatic and breathable environment. All in one department. Able to talk to each other. In the corridor. At lunch.

    Mike Dewhirst

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