Labsafety-L got its start in the 90’s. When OSHA promulgated the Laboratory Standard, the regulation forecast the need for 35,000 Chemical Hygiene Officers (CHOs). LSI wanted to create a professional association for CHOs. In talking to colleagues, it became clear that folks had enough conferences to attend and enough dues to pay. So, in 1998 LSI created “The National Association of Chemical Hygiene Officers.
No dues, no meetings, no officers, and no bylaws. What’s left? Members talking to members about lab safety issues and concerns. NACHO might well be the first “professional association” which was actually "born" on the internet. Today, Labsafety-L serves as a listserv for nearly 1,000 scientists, science educators, and lab professionals throughout the world.
What is a Listserv?
A listserv is an electronic internet bulletin board, also called an "internet discussion group," or "email BB." You send a command to the listserver (see "How to join" below). After your name has been added to the list by the moderator (Jim Kaufman), any messages you send to the list will be distributed to all the addresses on the list, and you will receive the messages sent by other list members. It serves as a tool for professionals to get answers to questions, have discussions and to offer advice to fellow professionals.
How does the listserv work?
The listserver is a computer. You send commands to the server by emailing LISTSERV@SIU.EDU. When emailing, you do not need to have anything in the subject line, commands are placed in the body of the email message. When you want to start or participate in a discussion, ask a question or share something with the group, you send an email to the list, Labsafety-L@siu.edu. Labsafety-L is hosted on the computers at Southern Illinois University (SIU).
How to join:
There are two ways you can join Labsafety-L. When joining, you must join using your first and last name.
- Email Dr. James Kaufman and request to be added. Be sure to include your first and last name.
- Send command to LISTSERV@SIU.EDU, in the email body SUB LABSAFETY-L (your first and last name. The subject line can be blank.
Since the listerserver is a computer, subscribers have to email the listserv commands in order to change settings. If you have any questions on need further explanation you can email or call us. Below you will find the list of commands. Remember, send commands to LISTSERV@SIU.EDU
| Commands: |
(Place in body of email)
Use this to subscribe to the list or to change your name. Make sure to |
use your full first and last name.
|SIGNOFF LABSAFETY-L||Remove your name and you will receive no more messages.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L ACK||Instructs the listserver to send you acknowledgement that your message |
|SET LABSAFETY-L NOACK||Instructs the listserver to no longer send you an acknowledgement that |
your message was received.
NOMAIL||If you are going on vacation you can use this so the listserver will not send |
you any messages. This is important because if you have an auto response
set up for your email while away, it will be sent to everyone on the list.
|SET LABSAFETY-L MAIL||Turns your mail back on so that you will once again receive messages from|
|SET LABSAFETY-L MIME||Use Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) format.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L NOMIME||Take off the MIME format.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L DIGEST||Receive digest version rather than all the messages.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L INDEX||Receive message index rather than all messages.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L REPRO||Receive a copy of your own message.|
|SET LABSAFETY-L NOREPRO||Sets it so that you will not receive a copy of your own message.|
|REVIEW LABSAFETY-L||Causes the listserver to send you the list |
(except for concealed addresses)
|INDEX LABSAFETY-L||Causes the listserver to send you a directory of available archive files |
from the list.
|GET LABSAFETY-L LOGxxxx||After you have received the archive directory you will see a list of |
numbers to replace the xxxx.
|INFO REFCARD||This will cause listserver to send you an email with a full list of commands. |
Above is just a list of the more commonly used commands.