Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations
Aug28

Academic lab safety: One chemist’s observations

Contributed by Brenna Arlyce Brown, who received her PhD in chemistry in 2013 and is currently working in business development for a research funding organization. She is working on setting up a safety consulting business. A few weeks ago, when reading about the deal that prosecutors made with University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran regarding the lab fire that led to researcher Sheharbano Sangji’s...

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#Chemsafety scalability, sustainability, and transferability at #ACSSanFran
Aug21

#Chemsafety scalability, sustainability, and transferability at #ACSSanFran

Contributed by Ralph Stuart, secretary of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety and lab safety manager at Cornell University. Campus-wide laboratory safety programs face three management considerations that don’t apply in a specific laboratory: the scalability, sustainability, and transferability of hazard management measures applied to chemicals and chemical processes. Presentations at the Division of Chemical Health and...

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#Chemsafety at #ACSSanFran
Aug07

#Chemsafety at #ACSSanFran

The 248th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in San Francisco. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 425. SUNDAY Division of Chemical Health & Safety executive committee meeting, open to all ACS members, agenda book...

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Lessons learned videos from Cornell on PPE and transporting chemicals
Aug06

Lessons learned videos from Cornell on PPE and transporting chemicals

Cornell University has two new videos out, one on personal protective equipment in biological labs and the other on transporting chemicals through public areas, both based on incidents on campus. Take a look: As always, please let me know if you have something I can add to the videos...

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More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response
Jul30

More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response

On June 17, an explosion in a chemistry lab at the University of Minnesota injured graduate student Walter Partlo. He was making trimethylsilyl azide, starting with 200 g of sodium azide. The incident originated in lack of hazard awareness, school representatives say, and the department response focuses on identifying hazardous processes and communication. The synthesis was based on previously published methods, with some...

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