The 2017 DCHAS workshop schedule for the ACS national meetings is now available here. All of the workshops contents have been updated for 2017. Questions about the workshops can be directed to the DCHAS workshop chair, Russ Phifer.
In a June 27 C&EN comment, Tom Connelly posed a number of questions about possibly increasing the Society’s role in promoting chemical and laboratory safety. As part of that comment, he posed seven specific questions in an attempt to obtain input on this matter. Those seven questions are listed below.
Chair, Committee on Divisional Activities
· Should ACS Publications and CAS increase safety content and considerations in our publications and online information?
· How can we ensure that all ACS content (print, virtual, video) not only conforms to safety best practices, but actively promotes best practices?
· How might ACS increase its programming related to safety at our national and regional meetings?
· After the Bhopal, India, tragedy, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers launched its Center for Chemical Process Safety; it is now the “go-to,” authoritative source on the subject. Is there an analogous role for ACS in chemical laboratory safety?
· Through our Committee on Professional Training, ACS approves bachelor’s degree chemistry programs. Part of this approval involves an examination of safety policies and procedures. All ACS-approved chemistry departments must have a written chemical hygiene plan consistent with Occupational Safety & Health Administration and state standards. Are there ways to measure various institutions’ underlying safety cultures as well?
· Can ACS partner with other organizations to promote tools that will help institutions strengthen their safety programs? The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) provides its ChemStewards technology to industrial laboratories. Does it have applicability in academic labs?
· Should ACS include safety explicitly within its core values? This step will be considered formally by our board during the preparation of our 2017 strategic plan.
The responses from the DCHAS division Executive Committee are in PDF form here: dchas-comments-on-acs-role-in-safety. ACS members in general are encouraged to add their thoughts on these question at email@example.com
The Safety Committee of the Division of Chemical Education also developed a response on CHED’s behalf. This response can be found here.
At the September CSHEMA regional meeting, three DCHAS members (Gail Hall of Boston College, Zehra Schneider-Graham of the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Ralph Stuart of Keene State College) participated in a panel discussion about how Environmental Health and Safety Departments can best support laboratory safety culture through their safety training efforts. The presentations discussed the challenge of developing training programs that reflected the institutional culture while also addressing regulatory requirements.
Three key lessons from the Lab-XL project with the EPA were highlighted:
- Each academic institution is unique
- Connecting to the academic mission is necessary to motivate organizational change
- Flexibility goes a long way in laboratory settings
In addition to describing approaches to this issue in the undergraduate and graduate laboratory settings, the panel presented the results of a DCHAS/CSHEMA survey of safety education efforts. PDF versions of the presentations and the survey results are provided here:
Developing Safety Culture Education at a PUI Campus, Ralph Stuart
Survey on Lab Safety Culture Education on Campus, Zehra Schneider-Graham
Safety Culture Education Survey Results Data (in PDF) (if you are interested in these data in Excel format for further exploration, contact Ralph Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also note this related article from the Journal of Chemical Education on Using the Universal Design for Learning Approach in Science Laboratories To Minimize Student Stress
The links below provide access to risk assessment presentations and tools for teaching laboratories and chemistry demonstrations presented at the 2016 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE). The presentations were made by Ralph Stuart of Keene State College and Sammye Sigmann of Appalachian State University. These documents are still in development and they would appreciate questions and comments about ways to improve them.
Presentation on Hazard and Risk Assessment for Chemical Demonstrations
Samuella B. Sigmann, NRCC-CHO Appalachian State University
Irene Cesa Flinn Scientific (ret.) and
Monique Wilham University of Michigan – Flint
Presentation: Chemical Demonstrations: Assessing Hazard and Risk
Presentation on Meeting New Chemical Safety Expectations in Instructional Laboratories
- Lab Risk Assessment Workshop Presentation 1:
Lab culture and risk assessment (pdf)
- Lab Risk Assessment Workshop Presentation 2:
Risk assessment tools (pdf)
- Lab Risk Assessment Workshop Presentation 3:
Developing and Sharing Lessons Learned (pdf)
- Lab Risk Assessment Workshop Presentation 4:
Electronic Chemical Safety Information and Safety Culture (pdf)
Lab Risk Assessment Workbook
(Excel, Beta Version)
Posters from the DCHAS poster session in Philadelphia:
EHS challenges in 3D Printing
Pat Mulrooney, Sr. Staff Industrial Hygenist, Lockheed Martin Corporation
Vacuum System and Schlenk Line Safety
Tilak Chandra and Jeffrey P. Zebrowski
What’s in a Code of Conduct?
Good Neighbors – What does it take to be a good neighbor?
Incorporating chemical safety and security into the undergraduate curriculum
Ursula J. Williams, Sharon S. Yohn, Daniel R. Dries, Richard R. Hark, Amber J. Helsel-Ickes, John B. Unger Department of Chemistry, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA 16652
Establishing a Safe Workplace Culture
Mark Thomson Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI
Re-organizing the CPT Undergraduate Guidelines to Elevate the Status of Safety and Ethics in the Chemistry Curriculum
David C. Finster, Department of Chemistry, Wittenberg University
Safety & ethics in ACS and major engineering societies: A gap analysis
Daniel R . Kuespert PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Laboratory Incidents in the University Of Sonora: Student’s Perspective
C.R. Álvarez-Chávez, R. Ruiz-Talavera, F.O. Muñoz-Osuna, L.S. Marín-Ramírez, A. Zavala-Reyna, R. Pérez-Ríos, M.E. Arce-Corrales
Universidad de Sonora. Hermosillo, Sonora, México
Risk Perception in Laboratory Students of the University of Sonora
K. Pérez-Gámez, C.R. Álvarez-Chávez, F.O. Muñoz-Osuna, L. S. Marín-Ramírez, L. E. Velázquez-Contreras, J. Esquer-Peralta Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Universidad de Sonora.
Laboratory use cases for chemical safety information
Risk assessment and crisis management in the research laboratory using online resources: A EH&S perspective
UCal Chemicals: An overview of growing challenges
Chris Jakober, Russell Vernon, Phillip Painter
GHS and NFPA diamonds: How they can be useful
iRAMP & PubChem
Chemical Classification ClassyFire Applications in EHS
Surveying the chem safety landscape
Related CHED and CINF presentations:
Co-developing lab safety and chemical information skills
Ralph Stuart and Leah McEwen
ADA Issues in the Lab
Overview of the Federal regulations that require physical accessibility in labs & the “Building Blocks of Accessibility” that apply in lab settings. J. Perry
Special Health and Safety Considerations for Persons with Disabilities Who Work in Scientific Research, Testing, or Teaching Laboratories. J. Baum
Accommodations and Modifications in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. J.Zesski
ADA Technical Assistance Centers Who we are and what we do. C. Sweet
Tools for Adapting Laboratories for Students with Disabilities S.M. Kennedy, J. Boval
Brief overview of service animals C. Sweet
Sustainable chemistry and public policy. R.J. Garant
Evaluating Risks – Understanding multiple perspectives. F.K. Wood-Black
What you need to know about TSCA reform. A.M. Noce
Influence of litigation on corporate behavior . N.R. Langerman
Safety policies of peer-reviewed journals L. Grabowski, S.R. Goode
Public policy statements advising policymakers and regulators. K.P. Fivizzani
Revising CHED’s Minimum Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations
I.G. Cesa, D.C. Finster, S.B. Sigmann, M.R. Wilhelm
Practical approach to NFPA 45
You can download the CHAS at a glance – Philly Fall 2016 for the Philadelphia National Meeting from this page. A quick summary is
3 workshops (registration required):
Fri. Aug. 19th (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM)
Laboratory Waste Management
Sat. Aug. 20th (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM)
How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer
Sat. Aug. 20th (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM)
Chemical Reactivity Hazards: Laboratory Scale Recognition & Control
DCHAS Executive Committee Meeting (all members invited)
Download the Agenda Book from the bottom of this page.
Sunday, Aug 21 8 AM to noon
Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon C
Monday Evening, August 22nd
Wine and Cheese Reception
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 South 7th St., Philadelphia
Sponsored by: Workrite Corp. Chem Service, Inc.,
WC Environmental, LLC Midwest Chemical Safety
- Division of Chemical Health and Safety Awards
- Americans with Disabilities Act and Accommodations in the Laboratory
- Ask Dr. Safety: Chemical Security in Research Institutions
- Chemical Safety in the K-12 Classroom-Oral
- Safety and Ethics in our Chemical Community
- Chemical Safety in Public Policy
- Biochemistry of Cannabis
- Using Public Information to Support a Chemical Safety Culture, Co-sponsored with CINF
DCHAS Agenda Book
Division of Chemical Health & Safety
Executive Committee ACS Spring 2016 Meeting
Sunday, August 21th, 8 AM to Noon
Marriott Downtown, Grand Ballroom Salon C
1 DCHAS Chair report – John Palmer (see attachment 1)
2 Treasurer’s Report – Neal Langerman (see attachment 2)
3 CHAS Councilor report– Bob Hill and Frankie Wood-Black
(see attachment 3)
4 Admin Manual report: Administrative Manual and Bylaw Updates – Sammye Sigmann (see attachment 4)
5 JCHAS Editors Report – Harry Elston (see attachment 5)
6 CHAS Programming Committee – Debbie Decker (see attachment 6)
7 DCHAS secretary report – Ralph Stuart (see attachment 7)
8 CHAS Membership Report– Joe Pickel (see attachment 8)
9 Policy Writing Team – Ken Fivizzani (see attachment 9)
10 Government Relations Committee– Ellen Sweet (see attachment 10)
11 Report on IPG Survey Development (IPG Group 1) – Ellen Sweet
12 CANN Report– Ezra Pyror (see attachment 11)
Other reports from the floor