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CHAS Fellows Award

Download the Nomination Application Form for this Award Here: [Click to Download CHAS Fellows Nomination Form]

Statement of Award Purpose

Fellows Awards recognize CHAS members in good standing who have provided continuous, active service to CHAS and who have made significant contributions to the Division during their active service.

Award Recognition

Certificate and lapel pin presented at the Awards Symposium during the Fall ACS national meeting.

Description of Eligible Nominees

An eligible nominee must be current members of the division who has been a member for at least fifteen years or has been a member for at least seven years (continuous membership) and has been active in CHAS activities for at least three years. Active membership is defined below.

CHAS Fellows have shown support for the goals and activities of CHAS, and has through personal effort, helped CHAS achieve those goals. The following activities designate a member as “active”:

  1. Division volunteer service including holding office in the division, chairing division committees, etc.
  2. Organization of symposia, major presentations, or other programming at national/international meetings
  3. Contributions to safety in ACS Publications
  4. Leadership of or other contributions to Division outreach activities

There is no limit to the number of CHAS Fellows named each year.

Eligible Sources of Nominations

  • Self-nomination
  • Any CHAS division member

Roster of CHAS Fellows

(Those listed in bold are also ACS Fellows)

  • Robert Alaimo
  • Peter Ashbrook
  • W. Emmett Barkley
  • Janet Baum
  • Ernest I. Becker
  • Leslie Bretherick
  • Brandon Chance
  • Daniel A. Crowl
  • Debbie Decker
  • Lou DiBerardinis
  • Laurence J. Doemeny
  • Harry J. Elston
  • Howard Fawcett
  • Barbara Foster
  • David Finster
  • Kenneth Fivizzani
  • Bill Galdenzi
  • Lawrence M. Gibbs
  • Marta Gmurczyk
  • Ruth Hathaway
  • Donald Hedberg
  • Dennis C. Hendershot
  • Robert H. Hill Jr.
  • Chris Incarvito
  • Robin Izzo
  • James Kaufmann
  • Kimberly B. Jeskie
  • Jyllian Kemsley
  • Sheila Kennedy
  • Warren Kingsley
  • Mary Beth Koza
  • Ken Kretchman
  • Daniel Kuespert
  • Neal Langerman
  • Mark Lassiter
  • Po-Yung Lu
  • Sung Moon
  • John Palmer
  • Joe Pickel
  • Lyle H. Phifer
  • Russ Phifer
  • Stanley Pine
  • Pat Redden
  • Malcolm Renfrew
  • Peter Reinhardt
  • Monona Rossol
  • Eileen Segal
  • Stephen Sichek, Sr.
  • Diane G. Schmidt
  • Sammye Sigmann
  • Mary Ann Solstad
  • Ralph Stuart
  • Ellen Sweet
  • Stephen Szabo
  • Erik A. Talley
  • Robert Toreki
  • George Wahl
  • Douglas B. Walters
  • Stefan Wawzyniecki
  • Elizabeth Weisburger
  • Frankie Wood-Black
  • I. J. Wilk
  • Kenyon D. Yoder
  • Jay Young

Service Awards

Statement of Award Purpose

Service Awards are given to the immediate past Division Chair at the end of their term. The chair receives an ACS past chair’s pin and plaque.

Award Amount and Recognition

An ACS Past Chair’s pin and an appropriate plaque of appreciation to be presented at an Awards Symposium during the fall ACS national meeting following the chair’s term.

Tillmanns-Skolnik Award

Download the Nomination Application Form for this Award Here: [Click to Download Tillmanns-Skolnik Nomination Form]

Statement of Award Purpose

The Tillmanns-Skolnik Award was established in 1984 to recognize and honor outstanding, long-term service to the Division of Chemical Health and Safety.

Award Amount and Recognition

  • $500 Honorarium
  • Engraved plaque including name of recipient

The recipient of this award is expected to deliver a 15 – 20-minute presentation at the CHAS Awards Symposium at the ACS Fall national meeting in the year that they receive the award. The presentation may be on any topic related to chemical safety.

Description of Eligible Nominees

Nominees must have been an active member of the division for at least five years and have shown, though personal effort, outstanding support for the realization of CHAS’s goals in Chemical Health and Safety.

One award is given per year.

Eligible Sources of Nominations

Any CHAS division member

Additional Information about this Award

The Tillmanns-Skolnik Award was established in 1984 to recognize and honor outstanding, long-term service to the Division of Chemical Health and Safety. Originally named the Distinguished Service Award, it was renamed the Tillmanns-Skolnik Award in in 1986 to honor Emma Jean Tillmanns-Skolnik.

Previous Winners

  • 2020: Robin M. Izzo
  • 2019: Harry Elston
  • 2018: Diane Grob Schmidt
  • 2017: Robert Hill
  • 2016: Sammye Sigmann
  • 2015: Ralph Stuart and Robert Toreki
  • 2014: Kim Jeskie
  • 2013: Neal Langerman
  • 2012: Ken Fivizzani
  • 2011 Frankie Wood-Black
  • 2010 Debbie Decker
  • 2009 Ralph Stuart
  • 2008 Stefan Wawzyniecki
  • 2007 Frankie Wood-Black
  • 2006 Barbara Foster
  • 2005 Russell W. Phifer
  • 2004 Neal Langerman
  • 2003 Peter Ashbrook
  • 2002 Robert Alaimo
  • 2001 Warren Kingsley and Elizabeth Weisburger
  • 2000 Laurence J. Doemeny and Douglas B. Walters
  • 1999 Sung Moon
  • 1998 Erik A. Talley
  • 1997 George H. Wahl, Jr.
  • 1996 Eileen B. Segal
  • 1995 Steve Szabo
  • 1994 Po-Yung Lu
  • 1993 Ruth Hathaway
  • 1992 Ernest I. Becker
  • 1991 Pat Redden
  • 1989 Jay A. Young
  • 1988 Donald Hedberg
  • 1987 Lyle H. Phifer
  • 1986 I.J. Wilk
  • 1984 Howard Fawcett


Events Planned for 2016

The technical program at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego March 12-16  is quite full, with over 50 papers on a variety of topics. This also includes a slate of chemical safety workshops; information about these can be found here.

The  Call for Papers for at the National Meeting in Philadelphia is now available.

The new Cannabis Subdivision of DCHAS is planning both technical symposia and workshops to be presented at the national meetings.


Pacifichem 2015 Lab Safety Symposium

Symposium on Safety in the Academic Research Laboratory 

Chemical research laboratories often house hazardous materials, which with proper training and use can be used safely and without incident. Unfortunately, most academic labs do not have the requisite culture or knowledge to eliminate/minimize hazards that exist. As evidence, we only need to point to recent devastating incidents that have occurred in academic settings. It is important for faculty, staff and students alike to have a positive attitude towards safety, be aware of all possible hazards and how to meliorate them, and adopt a safety ethos. Recent events have led to several studies identifying mechanisms to build a “culture of safety” in academic research laboratories. This symposium will explore global efforts that are currently underway to enhance awareness and improve the safety environment for all students in academic settings. Presentations such as those discussing the US National Research Council Study Report on “Establishing and Promoting a Culture of Safety in Academic Laboratory Research” and the ExxonMobil Partners in Academic Lab Safety (PALS) will be highlighted, along with sister efforts around the Pacific Rim.

SCTY 18: Safe science: Promoting a culture of safety in academic research (link to report discussed in this presentation)
Holden Thorp

SCTY 19: Safety first culture in Australian laboratories
Angelica Vecchio-Sadus

SCTY 20: Comprehensive and effective program for environmental safety education in universities
Yoshiko Tsuji

SCTY 21: Laboratory safety in ChBE at Georgia Tech and the PALS collaboration with ExxonMobil

SCTY 22: International differences in laboratory safety preparation for chemistry graduate students
Russell Phifer

SCTY 23: Evolution of safety culture in University of California academic research laboratories
John Palmer, Lawrence Wong

SCTY 24: Laboratory Scale Risk Assessment
Neal Langerman

SCTY 25: Study of students’ engagement in various styles of safety videos
Haim Weizman

SCTY 46: From accident analysis to accident prevention at UCLA
Craig Merlin

SCTY 47: A student’s perspective on safety in the academic lab
Nils Persson

SCTY 48: Assessment and management of chemical risks in academic laboratories: (1) Important factors for risk assessment in chemical laboratories
Hitoshi Yamamoto

SCTY 49: Advancing safety culture in academic research laboratories: A case study (link to the study discussed in this presentation)
2:00pm-2:20pm Tue, Dec 15 Lawrence Gibbs

SCTY 50: Assessment and management of chemical risks in academic laboratories (2) Influence of laboratory layout on airflow in university laboratory
Yukiko Nezu

SCTY 51: Assessment and management of chemical risks in academic laboratories (3) Oshima et al – Observing behavior of experimenter and chemical
Yoshito Oshima

SCTY 52: Ensuring a safe and successful research laboratory for deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students
Todd Pagano

SCTY 53:  Supporting a prudent safety culture through job hazard analysis and information literacy skills
Ralph Stuart

SCTY 54: Critical role of public access to chemical data and information in supporting safety culture in academic research laboratories
Leah McEwen

SCTY 55: Leveraging academic safety culture as a value-added tool for maximizing the undergraduate research experience and Introducing general chemistry students to academic safety culture through participatory case study development Gregory Ferrence

About Us

DCHAS is a technical division of the American Chemical Society. We have about 1700 members and very active in partnering with other technical divisions and committees of the ACS, as well as sister organizations outside the ACS. We are also the parent division of the ACS Cannabis Subdivision.

Below is a powerpoint summary of the purpose of the Division and its activities. If you would like to share this in an oral presentation, we’ll be glad to share with you the powerpoint file for you to customize for this purpose. Contact for this file.

Vision Statement

Improving people’s lives through the power of best chemical health and safety practices

Mission Statement

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety provides authoritative technical resources and mentorship in chemical health and safety for all.

Administrative Information

25 Years of the OSHA Lab Standard

Lab Safety 25 Years after Promulgation of the OSHA Laboratory Standard

P. A. Reinhardt, Organizer
L. DeBerardinis, Organizer, Presiding
OSHA Wordle
University laboratory safety in 2015: Was it the lab standard or what? G. Hall
Enhancing safety culture through collaborative development of laboratory specific chemical hygiene plan (LSCHP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) T. Chandra
What constitutes a laboratory? Princeton laboratory safety programs today and beyond. R. Izzo
From accident analysis to accident prevention at UCLA C.A. Merlic, I. Schroeder
Impact of the OSHA Laboratory Standard on basic laboratory safety education for undergraduates. R.H. Hill
Where are we with lab safety education: Who, what, when, where, and how? K.P. Fivizzani
Should science departments have their own safety departments? An assessment of a centralized approach. K.S. Hylton

Reflections of an OSHA regulator on the Laboratory Standard. F. Malaby
Meandering towards OSHA’s lab standard compliance. M.D. Finucane
Compliance does not mean Safe M.E. Mulcahy
Developing a model for chemical safety literacy in the lab. R. Stuart
Chemical hygiene plans: The vision and the reality. M. Weil, C. Pires, N. Kielbania
DOE Energy Innovation Hub’s effort to influence laboratory safety among its funded researchers  S. Rupkey, D. Hodge
Engaging 600 research groups. S. Tumidajski

NERM Green Labs Symposium Presentations

At the 2015 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting at Ithaca College, the Division organized a symposium on Green Labs, sponsored by SafetyStratus, Inc. The presentations provided a variety of perspectives on the academic, operational and conceptual aspects of improving laboratory sustainability while maintaining safe laboratory conditions.

Specifically, an overview of the laboratory sustainability concerns was provided by Ralph Stuart, along with some strategies that are being used at leading campuses to address these issues. Gary Bonomo provided examples of ways that he has been able to “green” introductory chemistry teaching laboratories at Syracuse University. Brenda Petrella talked about the energy and safety challenges associated with cold storage of samples in the laboratory and steps Dartmouth College are taking to address these. Jeff Whitford talked about green business strategies at Sigma Aldrich is employing.

Three Cornell presentations then followed describing operational strategies being pursued there to address campus wide energy conservation strategies through energy conservation planning (Mark Howe); control banding of general laboratory ventilation rates in the lab (Ellen Sweet) and the community safety challenges associated with recycling solid wastes from laboratory settings (Spring Buck).

These discussions highlighted the importance of community partnerships within a campus community and with external community infrastructure to improve the financial and environmental sustainability of safe laboratories into the 21st Century.

PDF versions of the presentation materials are available here:

Supporting safe, sustainable laboratories in the 21st century. R. Stuart,

Role of Green Chemistry in General Chemistry Laboratory. G.D. Bonomo,

Lab safety and sustainability meet in the freezer B. Petrella,

Green chemistry in practice at Sigma-Aldrich. J. Whitford,

Laboratory energy conservation on a mechanically diverse campus . M. Howe,

A strategy with lab ventilation management to enhance sustainability E. Sweet,

Challenges with recycling in the laboratory. S. Buck,