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.
Avoiding the Next Chemical Catastrophe: Strategies for Chemical Threat Reduction
October 19, 2017 @ 2:00pm ET
Every lab has chemicals that are vital to research and experimentation but these same chemicals whether you are in industry or academia, can be stolen and used by non-state actors for malevolent acts. Join Andrew Nelson of Sandia National Laboratories as he introduces strategies to mitigate the risks that small labs and universities face with theft of chemicals for chemical weapons, explosives, and illicit drug production.
What You Will Learn
- Why chemical security is important to all labs with current examples of incidents
- What considerations must be made in a security risk management system
- How chemical security is a teachable skill and what resources are available to you today
- Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 2-3pm ET
- Fee: Free to Attend
- Download slides after presentation
Chemical Safety Library CSLDatathon
To increase the valuable content in the free Chemical Safety Library (CSL), we are hosting a 2-week datathon in October to promote submissions to the CSL. Participants will be encouraged to submit incidents from the literature, in internal files or from personal experience.
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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
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
OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs. D. Kalinowski
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.
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
Chemicals – The Good, Bad, and the Ugly S.B. Sigmann
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
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
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
Division of Chemical Health & Safety Awards
The State of the Arts Chemical Safety. M. Rossol
Stanford Safety Culture L.M. Gibbs, R. Furr, M. Dougherty
Soft Skills and Chemical Safety
Leveraging Soft Skills. K. Angjelo