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.
Information Flow in Environmental Health & Safety
At the Spring, 2017 ACS national meeting, the Divisions of Chemical Information and Chemical Health and Safety co-sponsored a program on Information Flow in Environmental Health and Safety. The symposia presented a variety of use cases for chemical information tools that range from lab-specific to very general. Links to the PDF versions of the presentations are provided below.
A System, Not a Solution, R. Stuart
Chemical info needed to establish lab vent Control Bands, E. Sweet
Reaction Incident Information, C. Nitsche
Chemical Management Applications for the University of California, P. Painter
Safety Terminology, L. McEwen
Consult the SDS!, S. Sigmann
Grad Student Perspective on the ACS Risk Assessment Tool, K. Delinger
Explorit Everywhere for ACS Chem Safety, A. Lederman
EPA CompTox chemistry dashboard resource, A. Williams
At the Spring, 2017 ACS national meeting, CHAS members Ralph Stuart and Sammye Sigmann made presentations in the Division of Chemical Education technical program on topics related to undergraduate research safety. Sammye’s presentation was entitled:
Integrating Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment into Course-based Undergraduate Research (CURE)
Ralph’s (which Sammye co-authored) was entitled:
Providing laboratory safety education to REU audiences.
In addition, they co-authored a poster for Sci Mix. An overview of the poster and a link to it are provided below.
In 2016, the ACS Division of Chemical Education (CHED) updated their “Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations”. The Guidelines are available at the CHED web site. Look at DCHAS web site to see how these guidelines align with the “5 Key Questions”.
This poster provides a quick overview of the five key safety questions that anyone planning chemical demonstrations or experiments should ask and answer prior to work. It is also important to be aware that local jurisdictions may require more extensive planning for some demonstrations and so for everyone’s safety – check with the local Fire Department for help with planning your demonstration.
The Five Key Questions are:
- What specific chemical or physical reactivity hazards are associated with the way I’m using these chemicals?
- What type of ventilation do I need?
- What personal protective equipment do I need?
- What emergency response protocols will be needed if something goes wrong?
- What will I do with the waste?
Sigmann, S.; Stuart, R.
Assessing Risk: Five Key Questions for Safe Research and Demos. inChemistry Magazine, 2016, September/October, 6-9.
Five Chem Safety Questions poster