Category Archives: CHAS materials

Safety Guidelines for the Chemistry Professional

Over the course of 2016 and 2017, representatives of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety and Division of Chemical Health and Safety developed an ACS policy statement on chemical safety as well as document describing Safety Guidelines for the Chemistry Professional. These are designed to support chemists as they perform their daily work in safe and environmentally responsible way.

Catching up with Runaway Hot Plates

Attached to this link is a PDF version of the poster below on Runaway Hot Plates. This poster was part of the DCHAS collection at the 2017 SciMix sessions in Washington, DC. Questions about the poster should be directed to the authors:

  • Kimberly Brown of the Office of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA,
  • Mark Mathews of the Environmental Safety and Health Directorate, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN and
  • Joseph Pickel of the Physical Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge TN

Developing a Safety Culture

Institutional & Enterprise Level Efforts to Developing a Safety Culture

The Chemical Safety Board: Safety is good business and good policy. V. Sutherland

Safety Googles aren’t for nerds. T. George

Changing the federal oversight model of the Department of Energy National Laboratories. J. McBrearty

Are you prepared for a journey? K. Jeskie

Grassroots Approaches to Developing a Safety Culture

Improving Safety in the Chemical Enterprise Through Transparent Sharing of Best Safety Practices. M. Jones, L. Sellor, Dow

Back to Safety Basics at Northwestern University. M. Blayney

Building a Safety Culture: An Undergrad Perspective N. Fredstrom

Implementation Of Enhanced Science Classroom Safety Standards And Hygiene Plans at the High Chemical School Level B. Kennedy

OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. D. Kalinowski

The Joint Safety Team: A researcher-led initiative for improving academic safety culture C. Gee

Collaborative efforts between faculty and embedded safety professionals to improve critical thinking skills of undergraduates
S. Sigmann

Characterising bias in regulatory risk and decision analysis

There’s an interesting, although dense, article at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412016303877
entitled “Characterising bias in regulatory risk and decision analysis: An analysis of heuristics applied in health technology appraisal, chemicals regulation, and climate change governance”. It describes the root issues that many of us face in using specific tools (GHS, Job Hazard Analysis, Control Banding, etc.) to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. I am particularly interested in the article’s discussion of decision rules in Table 1 and how that compares to the various approaches outlined in Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories.

In my mind, the goal of the article is to remind us to put some error bars arounds our decision-making criteria as we proceed with any of these approaches.

Building a Safety Culture Across the Chemical Enterprise

Building and Promoting SMS in the Federal Government. R. Meidl

Safety training vs safety education N. Bharti

Challenges and Rewards in Enforcing Laboratory Safety – First Year on the Job. R. Malaisamy

Safety Guidelines for the Chemistry Professional. K.P. Fivizzani

Safety Culture Partnering Faculty S. Elwood, R.M. Izzo, K. Angjelo

Development and implementation of a researcher oriented program J.G. Palmer

Establishing a Sustainable Safety Culture in Academic Research Labs. K.A. Miller

Chemophobia

Chemicals – The Good, Bad, and the Ugly S.B. Sigmann

Public Perception of the Chemical Enterprise The Good The Bad and the Uncertain. M.E. Jones

ACS role in Communicating chemical safety. J. Kemsley

Developing design principles for ‘lesson learned’ laboratory safety videos. H. Weizman

It’s no accident that many journalists don’t write clearly about lab safety incidents. B. Benderly

Hazmat event reporting in the media. R. Stuart

Risk Communication for the Chemist and Non-Chemist. R. Izzo

Emerging Trends in Research Operations

Emerging Energy Saving Technologies for Laboratories. J. Blount

Safe Application of Filtered Fume Hoods. K. Crooks

iLab operating software materials management. C. Lopes

VOC levels in Solvent Cabinets
A.E. Norton, K. Brown, W.B. Connick, A. Doepke, F. Nourain

Convergence of Research Operations and Safety: A mutually bene cial partnership K. Heard

The Role of the EHS Professional in Laboratory Design M.B. Koza

Taking safety management to the next level: Moving from assumptions to reality. S. Schwartz-Hinds, N. Watson

Designing and operating facilities to support the safe conduct of research activities. J.M. Pickel, K.B. Jeskie

Pharmaceutical industry best practices in lessons learned R.A. Sayle, J.W. May

Personal chemical exposure sensor with indoor positioning and robotics for laboratory safety. K. Brown, A. Brandes, A.E. Norton, P.B. Shaw, D.T. Neu, R. Voorhees

Hydrogen gas lab servers provide many advantages to laboratory operations. J. Speranza

Achieving a Balance Between Expansion and Cost Control – Yale University West Campus Research Operations. C.D. Incarvito

DCHAS Awards and Soft Skills Symposium

Division of Chemical Health & Safety Awards

Making Safety Habits By Finding Your Cues, Routines, and Rewards for Safety  R.H. Hill

The State of the Arts Chemical Safety. M. Rossol

Stanford Safety Culture L.M. Gibbs, R. Furr, M. Dougherty

Soft Skills and Chemical Safety

Be Prepared – Things to do before EHS interactions with lab R.M. Izzo

Leveraging Soft Skills. K. Angjelo

Developing and Maintaining Relationships with Research B.S. Chance

Supporting development of chemical risk assessment skills R. Stuart

JCHAS Spotlight: Literature Review – Remediation of Meth Labs

The Editor’s Spotlight for the September / October 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety is shining on:

Remediation of manufactured methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories: A Literature Review

By Clyde V. Owens

The abstract is:

The purpose of the current literature review was to identify, collect, review, and organize all available information concerning clandestine laboratories used to produce methamphetamine through an analysis of routinely collected data sources. There were numerous peer reviewed journals, electronic databases, websites, and commercial vendors relevant to the remediation process of methamphetamine laboratories. Our intention in this review was to produce background information as well as a reference guide relating to the critical problem of methamphetamine production nationally and internationally in addition to generat- ing future research projects associated with the topic. This literature review determined there has not been a national standardized analytical method recognized as a reference guideline for the remediation of clandestine laboratories for production of methamphetamine.

Other articles in this issue are:

A new language
Harry J. Elston

The efficacy of alkalized liquid hydrogen peroxide for the remediation of manufactured methamphetamine in clandestine laboratories Original Research Article
Clyde V. Owens

Accumulation and risk assessment of heavy metal contents in school playgrounds in Port Harcourt Metropolis, Rivers State, Nigeria Original Research Article
Chioma Joy Okereke, Peter Uchenna Amadi

Development and psychometric evaluation of the Research Laboratory Safe Behavior Survey (RLSBS) Original Research Article
Eric F. Jorgensen

Addressing as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA) issues: Investigation of worker collective external and extremity dose data
Original Research Article
Michael E. Cournoyer, Stephen A. Costigan, Stephen B. Schreiber