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CHAS Awarded Two 2019 Chemluminary Awards!

At the fall 2019 ASC National Meeting in San Diego, CA, CHAS was honored with two ChemLuminary awards for Divisional activities. The awards honored the Division’s innovative projects in working with international stakeholders in Malaysia and in communicating with the research community about the importance of Laboratory Risk Assessment. Pictured above are several former, current and future CHAS chairs with ACS leadership at the awards ceremony.

In addition, Frankie Wood-Black, CHAS former chair and active CHAS councilor, was recognized by the Committee on Public Relations and Communications with the
Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach
Frankie Wood-Black writes a weekly science column for her local newspaper. As an ACS Expert, she has been quoted on topics including tattoo inks and pool safety. She also wrote a book on how to safely perform hands-on science.

The Division prepared this poster to highlight the 4 nominations it received for Chemluminary awards for its 2020 work.

Descriptions of the 4 CHAS finalists for 2019 ChemLuminary Awards

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

Graduate Student Safety Education

At the 2019, San Diego National Meeting CHAS hosted a symposium on Graduate Student Safety Education. The presentations from this symposium are provided below.

Safety communication is about respect as well as numbers. R. Stuart

How to train with nothing. S. George, H. Davis- Russell, J. de la Rosa Ducut

Development of a short course for collateral duty safety advisors in academic research laboratories. M.C. Wasson, M. Blayney

Secrets to success: Show up, do. M.C. J.A. Martin

Safety minutes: Consistent way to promote and sustain the commitment to research safety. L. Redfern, M. Blayney

GAs are EHS @ USD. C.M. Karki

CHAS 40th Anniversary Symposium

Presentations from the CHAS 40th Anniversary Symposium at the 2019 Fall ACS National Meeting are provided below. The presentations were:

PubChem LCSS.
J. Zhang, P. Thiessen, A. Gindulyte, E. Bolton, L.R. McEwen, R. Stuart

Evolution of “safety” within the ACS world.
R. Stuart, R. Hill

40 years as an environment, health and safety professional. M.B. Koza

CHAS at 40: Twenty years of editor’s insight on professional safety communication. H.J. Elston

From YCC to SCC: Fun times in the Division of Chemical Health and Safety. D.M. Decker

New England Ammonia Safety Day

“Prevent them all or stop them small”

Friday, October 25. 2019
Keene State College
Keene, NH

No charge to participants, funded entirely by event sponsors.

Register at

National sponsors: Honeywell, Airgas, Hill Brothers Chemical Company, Miro Industries, Lakeland, Drager

Local Sponsors: American Refrigeration Company, OSHA Training Institute Education Center, Keene State College

• Strengthen the Tripod: Industry, Government, and Public Safety
• Value of prevention, protection, and preparedness
• Understand hazards, mitigate risks, and prepare for threats
• Evacuation, decontamination, and medical care
• Valve and pipeline problems that lead to emergency events
• Engaging emergency shutdown procedures
• Command and control plan
• Integrating Industrial response with public safety command
• Pre-entry hazard assessment
• Terminating command, initiating recovery, and restart
• Basic refrigeration cycle components
• Lessons learned from accidents and emergency events

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