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SERMACS 2019 CHAS Presentations

The 2019 Southeast Regional Meeting hosted a Division of Chemical Health and Safety symposium related to safety culture in the laboratory. The symposium was entitled Teaching, Creating and Sustaining a Safety Culture. This symposium was supported  in part by a Corporation Associates Local Section grant in the amount of $1,000.00 which was used to support the speaker’s travel costs. PDF versions of these presentations of this symposium are available below.

Nurturing a safety culture through student engagement, Ralph House, UNC-CH

Supporting a Culture of Safety with Teachable Moments Melinda Box NC State University

Successful Execution of Top-Down Safety Culture at UNC-Chapel Hill Jim Potts UNC-CH

Collaborative safety training and integrative program development Mark Lassiter Montreat College

Cultivating a culture of safety in undergraduate chemistry labs at UNC Chapel Hill Kathleen Nevins UNC-CH

From rules to RAMP: Embracing safety culture, expanding frontier as a recent graduate Rachel Bocwinski ACS

SOPs, SOCs, and Docs: Developing peer-to-peer safety to fight complacency in synthetic inorganic chemistry Quinton Bruch UNC-CH

Laboratory Safety Culture at UNC-CH Mary Beth Koza UNC-CH

Connecting Professionalism, Safety & Ethics: Opportunities & Challenges

At the Fall 2019 ACS National Meeting, CHAS hosted a symposium on Connecting Professionalism, Safety & Ethics: Opportunities & Challenges”. PDF versions of the presentations are provided here for your review.

Safety for one, safety for all: Overcoming challenges to sharing chemical incident data. K.M. Kulinowski

Learnings from a community safety data sharing experiment. C.I. Nitsche, G. Whittick, M. Manfredi

Global Chemists’ Code of Ethics: Connecting safety, security, and responsible practices in the chemical sciences. L. Brown

Safety: International chemical society approach. B.S. Chance

Introducing a safety guidance chapter in the fourth edition of the ACS Style Guide. S.B. Sigmann, L.R. McEwen, S.R. Goode

Why metrics matter. S.I. Addlestone

Backing into safety culture. P.A. Reinhardt

Professionalism, safety and ethics: Improving safety culture. R.M. Izzo

Engaging senior management to improve the safety culture of a chemical development organization thru the SPYDR (safety as part of your daily routine) lab visit program. V.W. Rosso

Understanding the dimensions of risk. R. Stuart

2019 CHAS Awards Symposium

The 2019 CHAS Awards were presented at the San Diego National Meeting in August. The awardees and their presentation files are provided here

Ken Fivizzani was presented with the CHAS Lifetime Achievement Award. His presentation was entitled “Seeking the promised land of chemical safety”.

2019 CHAS Lifetime Achievement Award

Sammye Sigmann was presented with the Howard Fawcett Award. Her presentation was entitled “What Can We Learn from Lemony Snicket?”.

2019 CHAS Awards Symposium Howard Fawcett Award
2019 CHAS Awards Symposium Pitt Safety Stratus College and University Award

The University of Pittsburgh was presented with the SafetyStratus College and University Award. Their presentation was entitled “Safety-Culture Growth Catalyzed by an Undergraduate Laboratory Safety Course”

Harry Elston was presented with the Tillmans Skonik award. His presentation was entitled “Leading from the Front“.

2019 CHAS Awards Symposium Tillmanns-Skolnik Award

The final speaker was a guest invited by Sammye Sigmann, Stella Sommer. She spoke on “Rasmussen’s Risk Management Framework Applied to Academic Laboratory Safety”

2019 CHAS Awards Symposium Stella Sommer Invited Speaker Fresno State

Younger Chemists Committee Activities in San Diego

Committee News

The YCC is excited for several events & symposia occurring at the San Diego meeting:

• Tuesday August 27th, Going with the Flow of Water: Career Paths and Journeys symposia in Indigo 206, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

• Join us for the YCC Pop Up Bar Event from 7-9pm on Sunday at Thorn Brewing Co..

• YCC Fun Run sponsored by DuPont will start at 6:45am in front the of the SDCC. Space is limited, so register online or onsite soon.

• Sunday 5pm: Diversity Reception will be the place to be to see some of the great upcoming scientists share their research while networking with leaders from across the ACS. Located in the Indigo Ballroom DH, Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

Membership Engagement (ME)

We would like to highlight efforts occurring both at the National Meeting and during the rest of the year:

Going with the Flow of Water: Career Paths and Journeys*

GIO recognizes younger chemists through a series of awards and encourages advocacy through a variety of events:

• We have set up internal liaisons for committees and divisions to allow for better collaboration with YCC. Email us for more information:

• Congratulations to our Spring 2018 CIBA Award Winners:

➢ Sarah Petter, Organosulfates from dark reactions of isoprene epoxydiols in cloud and fog water, Aug. 31st, 10:50 AM, Room 28E, SDCC

➢ Kelsey Stoerzinger, Linking oxide surface composition and structure to reactivity, Aug. 26th, 8:00 AM, Room 1B, SDCC

Periodic table of Safety Elements Updated

The Division, in partnership with the Princeton University Department of Environmental Health and Safety, published its first version of a Periodic Table of the Elements of Safety in spring of 2019. We’re pleased to provide an updated version in time for the Fall, 2019 ACS national meeting. The updated version expands the “safety martyrs” section to better recognize the history of laboratory safety and also includes tweaks to some of the other elements.

You can download the periodic table in a format suitable for 11×17 printing here

A two-sided brochure that explains the various elements can be downloaded here

If you want to print a poster sized version of the table, these files are sized appropriately for this purpose.

You can also explore the different sections of the table with this interactive “hot spot” graphic.

Working Alone in the Lab? Video Available

The ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety and Committee on Chemical Safety are please to share our second short safety video (2 minutes and 15 seconds) for the research laboratory community.

Developed in cooperation with the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, it addresses an important issue in many research settings: What are the factors lab workers should consider when deciding what work can be conducted when they are alone in the laboratory?

You can view the video on Youtube here

You can also download the video file here for off line viewing

We appreciate any questions or comments you have on this video; please send them to

CHAS at a Glance – August 2019

“CHAS at a Glance”, the summary of Division of Chemical Health and Safety activities for this month’s ACS national meeting is now available in two formats:

The first is in a format suitable for printing on 8.5×11 paper

The second is a PDF file in “infographic” format suitable for easy scanning on a portable device.

Download one and both to help keep track of what the Division is up to from August 25 – 28!

The agenda for CHAS Executive Committee meeting on Sunday morning of the meeting is available here.

ACS Webinar: Lab Safety for Researchers: Responsibilities, Regulations, and Lessons Learned

Researchers have a responsibility for the safe and ethical handling of chemicals they work with every day in the lab. However, they can be overwhelmed when it comes to understanding safety related laws, policies, and regulations.

What are researchers expected to know? What rules are they required to follow? What are the legal consequences if they are broken? Join program area experts Kali Miller, Mary Beth Mulcahy, and Ralph Stuart to explore the answers to these questions.

Thursday, August 15th at 2 pm Eastern Time

Register at the ACS website

What You Will Learn 
·         The most common questions that have been asked by graduate students about legal aspects of their safety responsibilities in the lab
·         Guidelines and resources for identifying and understanding researchers’ regulatory responsibilities 
·         Lessons learned about practical aspects of managing regulations in the research lab setting 

Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory

The open access edited recording of Working Safely with Nanomaterials in the Laboratory has just been added to the ACS Webinars Archive. This broadcast featured Ken Kretchman of N.C. State University, Craig Merlic of UCLA, and Debbie Decker of UC Davis as well as moderator and Associate Director for Emerging Technologies Chuck Geraci of NIOSH.

This ACS Webinar was originally broadcast live on May 16, 2019 and has been lightly edited for time and clarity. This edited recording has just been added to the Archive and has been made open access and free to the public for a limited time only. Please share it now with your colleagues and networks. You can watch the webinar here.

The NanoEHS Webinar Series

Discover more insight from the National Nanotechnology Initiative during their webinar series that features experts from the diverse disciplines and highlights current research on nanoEHS.

Discover more insight from the National Nanotechnology Initiative during their webinar series that features experts from the diverse disciplines and highlights current research on nanoEHS.

Sneak a Peek at the ACS Webinars Archive!
Hundreds of presentations from the best and brightest minds that chemistry have to offer are available to you on-demand. The Archive is divided in to 6 different sections to help you more easily find what you are looking for.

This archive is just one of the many benefits that ACS membership has to offer. If you are not a member look below to see a preview of the what it has to offer and learn more about the other perks of membership.

Improve Your Lab’s Safety Webinar Extended Cut Available!

People who watched the webinar on How to Improve Your Lab’s Safety that the Division co-sponsored in January may be interested to know that the ACS Webinar program has released an “extended cut” version of that webinar.

In this version, we have added responses to a group of questions that we weren’t able to answer in the time allotted in January. The new questions include:

  • Where can I learn more about a system of classification for chemical storage?
  • What are effective ways of getting administration and other departments (like biology) on board with a consistent safety message and culture when old habits are so ingrained and funding is limited?
  • How do we apply a hazard assessment teaching method to a regulatory environment that requires rule based documentation?
  • Do you have any recommendations for safety glasses use in a space that is mixed office and lab use?
  • Do you think they should be manditory at all times if your at your desk in a lab?
  • Does anyone have a good definition of what qualifies as a “near-miss”?  
  • How do you define safety culture as opposed to compliance?

Also, notice that there is a survey question that we would like people’s responses to. Even if you don’t take the time to watch the whole webinar again, please respond to that question so that the Division can continue to improve our member services. 

Please answer this question online

And spread the word to others who may be interested – the webinar is free for anyone to watch.
Thanks for your interest in this!