Charges against Denver teacher dismissed
Apr13

Charges against Denver teacher dismissed

Last fall, a Denver teacher, Daniel Powell, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault after a classroom fire seriously burned a student. Powell had lit a small pool of methanol to demonstrate its flame properties, then tried to add more methanol from a 4 L container, Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board investigators said in September. The fire flashed back into the container, then jetted out to hit the student...

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, March-April issue
Apr09

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, March-April issue

Here’s what’s in the March-April issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: ACS’s Lackluster Safety Leadership; by Harry J. Elston Assessing general ventilation effectiveness in the laboratory; by Ralph Stuart, Ellen Sweet, and Aaron Batchelder (Cornell University) Investigation of criticality safety control infraction data at a nuclear facility; by Michael E. Cournoyer, James F. Merhege, David...

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Process Safety newsletters
Apr07

Process Safety newsletters

From AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, the Process Safety Beacons for the last few months: Bhopal – The Worst Industrial Disaster in History – “Take some time this month to learn about the incident, and what it means to you in your job.” What is the Process Risk? – “You should be aware of all process risks in your plant, and your role in managing all of those process risks.”...

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Teaching laboratory chemical safety
Apr02

Teaching laboratory chemical safety

A guest post by Ralph Stuart, secretary of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety. Last week’s DCHAS symposium on Safety in Undergraduate Teaching included several interesting presentations on effective ways of teaching lab safety, particularly chemical risk assessment, for both undergraduates and incoming graduate students. It was heartening to hear about class safety efforts that went beyond a focus on personal protective...

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#Chemsafety presentations from #ACSDenver
Mar31

#Chemsafety presentations from #ACSDenver

The ACS Division of Chemical Safety has done its usual post-meeting public service and posted most of the slides from its symposia on marijuana and undergraduate teaching in Denver. I enjoyed and learned (different things!) from both...

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