The Editor’s Spotlight for the May / June 2017 issue of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety is shining on:
Using bowtie methodology to support laboratory hazard identification, risk management, and incident analysis by Mary Beth Mulcahy, Chris Boylan,
Samuella Sigmann, and Ralph Stuart.
This is based on a technical program workshop which Mary Beth and Chris led at the 2016 San Diego ACS National Meeting and describes how a graphical tool for organized laboratory risk assessment and incident information can support a strong laboratory safety culture.
The abstract is:
Hazard prevention and control systems for specific laboratory processes must be readily shared between lab workers, their colleagues, and lab supervisors. In order for these control systems to be effective in a transferable and sustainable way, effective risk management communication tools must be present. These tools need to be adaptable and sustainable as research processes change in response to evolving scientific needs in discovery based laboratories.
In this manuscript, the application of a risk management tool developed in the oil and gas industry known as a ‘‘bowtie diagram’’ is assessed for application in the laboratory setting. The challenges of identifying laboratory hazards and managing associated risks as well as early experiences in adapting bowtie diagrams to the laboratory setting are described. Background information about the bowtie approach is provided and the technique illustrated using an academic laboratory research scenario. We also outline the role bowtie diagrams could play in a proactive safety culture program by facilitating hazard communication and maintaining hazard awareness across a wide spectrum of stakeholders.
Hours after the White House released its FY18 budget, ACS issued a press release opposing the budget.
ACS media quotes opposing elimination of CSB funding:
Additional ACS actions:
- ACS, along with several other organizations sent a letter to Congressional appropriators urging them to include FY18 funding for U.S. CSB (see links to letters below)
- ACS is working with AIChE on a webinar to be recorded on 4/25 featuring CSB Chair Vanessa Sutherland and representatives from AIChE and ACS speaking about the role of CSB and its important mission in promoting safety in the chemistry enterprise.
- ACS is working on developing a Congressional “Dear Colleague” letter to generate congressional support for CSB FY18 funding.
- CSB will be taking part in the ACS Board of Directors Legislative Summit on April 25 – goal is to foster greater collaboration between CSB and ACS
CSB Funding Letter FY18 HOUSE
CSB Funding Letter FY18 Senate
The DCHAS workshop schedule for the ACS national meeting in Washington DC 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.
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.
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 Meeting New Chemical Safety Expectations in Instructional Laboratories