Safety training at ACS meetings in San Diego and Philadelphia
Feb03

Safety training at ACS meetings in San Diego and Philadelphia

As it always does, the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Safety is offering workshops on the Friday and Saturday prior to this year’s national meetings in San Diego and Philadelphia. The courses include: Laboratory Waste Management Lab Safety How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer Reactive Chemical Management for Laboratories & Pilot Plants Meeting Chemical Safety Expectations in Instructional Laboratories Cannabis Extraction and Analysis If you register early, the fees are $300 for CHAS members, $350 for non-CHAS members, and $99 for K-12 science teachers who are members of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers. (Why might a teacher need safety training? Read this.) Click here for more information on the workshops and to...

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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 8:00 AM, meeting 8:30-11:30 AM, Seaport Hotel, Seaport Ballroom A Designing Safer Chemicals; 8:00-11:35 AM, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, St. James Room (ENVR) On the design of safer commercial chemicals: Past, present, and future perspectives Predicting cytotoxity based on EPA ToxCast data and designing safer chemicals Framework to guide selection of chemical alternatives Designing safer chemicals: Application of the principles of green chemistry in a chemical company Predictive tools for bioavailability and oxidative stress based on spectroscopic data Exploiting enhanced non-testing approaches to meet the needs for sustainable chemistry Advancing safety assessments of chemicals through biological read across using multidimensional in vitro toxicity testing Need for safer chemicals and rapid screening tools: The 2014 Freedom Industries chemical spill, West Virginia, USA No substitutes allowed: Chemical processes that have thus far eluded a green alternative Toxicology and Environmental Impact in the Chemistry Curriculum: Science and Strategies for Educators – State of the Art Symposium; 8:30 AM-12:05 PM, Convention Center, Room 253B (CHED) Opportunities to incorporate toxicology into the chemistry curriculum: Report from the field Toxicology of “low doses”: Understanding endocrine disrupting chemicals Designing safer chemicals: Environmental attributes in chemical design Combining Scientific Evidence for Health Policy and Regulation; 8:50-11:50 AM, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Arlington Room (AGRO) Accounts table, a tool for structuring the integration and interpretation of evidence regarding causation of toxic effects from chemical exposure Integration of mechanistic and epidemiologic evidence in the identification and classification of human carcinogens Weight of evidence and quantitative data integration using multicriteria decision analysis New model to track strawberry harvester activity and predict pesticide exposure Consideration of the weight of evidence in local antipesticide initiatives: The Montgomery County, Maryland experience Pesticide use on medical marijuana: An emerging crop that has no EPA-registered plant protection agents Afternoon Lab Safety 25 Years After Promulgation of the OSHA Laboratory Standard; 1:30-4:15 PM, Seaport Hotel, Waterfront 1A/1B (CHAS) University laboratory safety in 2015: Was it the lab standard or what? Enhancing safety culture through collaborative development of laboratory specific chemical hygiene plan (LSCHP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) What constitutes a laboratory? Princeton laboratory safety programs today and beyond From accident analysis to accident prevention at UCLA Impact of the OSHA Laboratory Standard on basic laboratory safety education for undergraduates Where...

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#ACSDenver recordings posted
May14

#ACSDenver recordings posted

The American Chemical Society has posted recordings from presentations given at the National Meeting in Denver in March. Included are talks from the marijuana health and safety symposium organized by the Division of Chemical Health & Safety, as well as some of the Presidential sessions on sustainability and responsible development of...

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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 equipment to include teaching the logic of safety rules in the class lab and how these change as the work being conducted changes. The impact of this approach on student learning was also discussed. Somewhat more surprisingly, core questions about the teaching laboratory were raised by several of the presentations. These included: Does the teaching lab mission include providing students with experience in working successfully and safely with hazardous chemicals? And if it is, is this aspect of the teaching mission being lost as less hazardous chemicals are being increasingly used in teaching laboratories? And if the use of hazardous chemicals isn’t part of the teaching mission of general and organic chemistry labs, where are students going to learn how to work with hazardous chemicals safely? Feedback from people who hire science majors suggests that students are expected to have basic laboratory safety literacy when they take a job related to their major. Following this theme, presentations highlighted the difference between the tools and techniques of historical descriptive chemistry and the theory of molecular-level activity that is focused on chemistry textbooks. One presentation mentioned a recent article in the Journal of Chemical Education that suggests that the current undergrad teaching lab experience provides students with neither improved understanding of molecular theory nor increased comfort with working in a chemical laboratory. However, an off-hard remark by one presenter raised another question in my mind that no one remarked on. He mentioned that his institution was in the planning stages for new chemistry teaching laboratories that would include a fume hood for every student team. This is becoming an increasingly common design strategy in higher education. As a result, many teaching laboratories have in the neighborhood of 40 air changes per hour (ACH); this rate is many times that generally required by safety considerations in the research laboratory (between 6 and 12 ACH are considered appropriate there). This design habit raises concerns about ventilation noise (especially important in teaching labs), as well as about the financial and carbon costs of heating and cooling these labs. Another important question to consider, more directly related to the topic discussed in the symposium, is whether students are developing chemical handling habits based on over-ventilated teaching laboratories that will not serve...

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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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#Chemsafety programming at #ACSDenver
Mar19

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSDenver

The 249th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Denver. 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 breakfast meeting, agenda book here; 8:30-11:30 AM,Embassy Suites Denver, Silverton Ballroom 3 Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise: Research & Development, 1:30-5:15 PM, Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 3A Nanotechnology: Delivering the promise – R&D NSF: Building foundational knowledge and infrastructure for nanotechnology NIH: The impact of nanotechnology in biology and medicine Nanoscience and technology for energy Nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing with an emphasis on national security MONDAY Nanotechnology: Delivering on the Promise: Opportunities and Challenges for Health, Safety, and the Environment; 8:30-11:35 AM, Colorado Convention Center, Mile High Ballroom 3A Innovation trends, policies, and practices The regulatory void Adaptive governance Sustainability and life cycle issues What is responsible development of nanotechnology? Legalized Marijuana & Health & Safety; 1:30-5:30 PM, Embassy Suites Denver, Silverton Ballroom 1 Taking care of Mary Jane’s workers Safety considerations in the development of sensible workplace drug testing policies for legalized marijuana Marijuana health and safety for licensed and regulated businesses State mandated testing of retail marijuana in Colorado Safety and health standard of cannabis extractions with an emphasis on C02 Recent improvements in chromatography: Advancing chromatographic data quality to make a safer Cannabis product GC methods for Cannabis safety and potency testing Social Hour hosted by CHAS and the Division of Chemistry & the Law, open to all ACS members; 5:00-8:00 PM, Grand Hyatt Denver, Capital Peak Sci-Mix; 8:00-10:00 PM, Colorado Convention Center, Hall C Lessons learned from a hood fire and deflagration event Increasing sample throughput of Cannabis analyses on any LC system Potency and contaminant testing of retail marijuana in Colorado TUESDAY Ask Dr. Safety: EH&S Support of Nanotechnology R&D; 9:00-11:00 AM, Embassy Suites Denver, Silverton Ballroom 1 How hazardous can nanostructured titanium dioxide be to humans in a water purification application? Ask Dr. Safety Safety in Undergraduate Teaching; 1:30-5:20 PM, Embassy Suites Denver, Silverton Ballroom 1 Moving from a danger culture to a safety culture Teaching basic technique: A view into preparing for a safer educational and work environment Using traditional safety rules to teach more advanced concepts in chemical hygiene Talk dirty to me: Teaching undergraduate students the importance of good hygiene in the teaching laboratory Risk hazard assessment in the general chemistry laboratory Developing a safety synergy in the chemistry department at Stanford University Safety Friday: Do in-class safety presentations impact student...

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