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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

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,

Spring 2015 DCHAS Technical Presentations

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Legalized Marijuana & Health & Safety,
Monday, March 23

Taking Care of Mary Jane’s Workers J. Lieberman

Safety considerations in the development of sensible workplace drug testing policies for legalized marijuana. R.W. Phifer

Marijuana health and safety for licensed and regulated businesses C. Villano

State mandated testing of retail marijuana in Colorado. A. LaFrate

Safety and health standard of cannabis extractions with an emphasis on C02. A. Cahoj

Recent improvements in chromatography: Advancing chromatographic data quality to make a safer Cannabis product. A. Rigdon, R. Lake, R. Freeman, F. Carroll, T. Kahler

GC methods for Cannabis safety and potency testing A. Rigdon, J. Cochran, C. Hilliard, W. Schroeder, C. Schroeder, T. Flood

Safety in Undergraduate Teaching
Tuesday, March 24

Moving from Danger to Safety Culture R. Stuart

Teaching Basic Technique with a view into preparing for a safer educational and work environment. F.K. Wood-Black, K. Black

Using traditional safety rules to teach more advanced concepts in chemical hygiene. S.B. Sigmann

Talk dirty to me: Teaching undergraduate students the importance of good hygiene in the teaching laboratory. L. Gallion, A.M. Wilson, M.J. Samide

Risk hazard assessment in the general chemistry laboratory. S.D. Wiediger, A. Hyett

Developing a safety synergy in the chemistry department at Stanford University. C.T. Cox, S. Chan

Safety Friday: Do in-class safety presentations impact student behavior and perceptions of laboratory safety? A.M. Wilson, P.M. Morgan

Student view of safety in the undergraduate laboratory. T. Black, F.K. Wood-Black

Nitric acid acts upon trousers: Learning about hazardous chemicals. K.P. Fivizzani

Fall 2014 Technical Presentations

Powerpoint files from selected papers presented at the Fall 2014 DCHAS technical sessions can be found here.

DCHAS Awards Presentations

Decker its been a busy year. D. Decker

Keeping freshmen safe: A holistic approach to safety in undergraduate general chemistry. B. Enderle.

Planning accommodations for students with disabilities in chemistry teaching labs. J. Boval, S. Kennedy

Supporting and Facilitating Students and Workers with Disabilities in the Research and Teaching Laboratory

Creating a safe environment for service animals in teaching laboratories. D. Decker

Developing an inclusive environment for deaf A. Ross, S. Smith, T. Pagano
Accommodation_students with low vision S. Kennedy
3-Dimensional Printing as Means of Making Chemistry Accessible to Blind Students. D. Tantillo, H. Wedler

CHED Sustain-Mix

Safe Sustainable Laboratories: The DCHAS perspective R. Stuart

How Far We’ve Come: A Retrospective of Laboratory Safety Over the Decades

Decades and decades and decades of chemical safety: Where have we been and where are we going? J. Palmer

Environmental revolution of the 1970s: A paradigm shift. S. Sigmann

Communicating safety information. F. Wood-Black (Decker)

Laboratory safety and safety education: Past, present, future. R. Hill, Jr.

PPE: Outfitting UC’s laboratory heroes. K. Smith, E. Young

Laboratory incidents in the press: What do they tell us? R. Stuart

Greening Our Laboratories: How and Why?

Green chemistry is safe chemistry. D. Finster, S. Bradley, T. Goodwin

Green lab certification: Defining and incentivizing best practices. A. Batchelor, J. Tepe

Green labs self-assessment tool: Collaboratively developed, comprehensive and uniform. A. Doyle, A. Paradise

Cornell green labs: Engaging students. E. Sweet

Managing lab ventilation to balance safety and sustainability. R. Stuart, E. Sweet

Greening a modern multi-discipline research building in New York City. E. Talley

Recycling in teaching laboratories, easier than we thought. J. Emerson, A. Franz, C. Rosales

Managing Reactive Chemistry

PDF versions of DCHAS technical presentations from the Fall, 2013 ACS National Meeting

Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories

PDF versions of DCHAS technical presentations from the Fall, 2013 ACS National Meeting