The most dangerous period for chemists…
Aug31

The most dangerous period for chemists…

…is graduate school, argues Derek Lowe at Chemistry World: [J]ust as lab hours per calendar day (and perhaps also hours worked alone) are at their highest, one’s own experience is nowhere near at its peak. Graduate school is where chemists encounter a lot of reagents and procedures for the first time, and not all of these encounters will go smoothly. This is when one might find out, for example, just how remarkably air-sensitive...

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, July-August issue
Aug27

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, July-August issue

Here’s what’s in the July-August issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Re-evaluating an old prejudice, by Harry J. Elson Why is weapons grade plutonium more hazardous to work with than highly enriched uranium?; from Michael E. Cournoyer, Stephen A. Costigan, and Bradley S. Schake (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Occupational exposure to nanomaterials: Assessing the potential for cutaneous...

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#Chemsafety programming at #ACSBoston
Aug12

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSBoston

The 250th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Boston. 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 Morning Division of Chemical Health & Safety Executive Committee meeting; here’s the agenda book; breakfast at...

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Chemical safety through history
Aug05

Chemical safety through history

From Chemical Heritage Magazine‘s Summer 2008 edition, here’s a piece about historical chemical incidents, from a potassium explosion temporarily blinding Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac to several chemists dying from hydrogen fluoride and fluorine poisoning: “Not-So-Great Moments in Chemical...

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Process Safety newsletters
Aug04

Process Safety newsletters

From AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, the “Process Safety Beacons” for the last few months: Mechanical Integrity – “You get what you inspect, not what you expect!” Conduct of Operations – “What are your plant’s critical safety control limits?” Know When to Leave! – “Know what can go wrong in your plant, when you should evacuate, and when to shelter in...

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