Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s March-April issue
Apr05

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s March-April issue

Here’s what’s in the March-April issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Always the right time to do the right thing, by Harry J. Elston Case study – A two liter pyridine spill in an undergraduate laboratory, by Barrett Eichler (Augustana University) Operating experience review of an Idaho National Laboratory gas monitoring system, by L.C. Cadwallader, K.G. DeWall, and J.S. Herring (Idaho National Laboratory) Results of survey among SEVESO establishments in the Slovak Republic, by Katarina Holla, Jozef Ristvej, Valeria Moricova, and Ladislav Novak (University of Zilina) What to expect when you’re inspecting: A summary of academic laboratory inspection programs, by Ryan Wyllie, Kendra Lee, and Bethzayda Matos (Iowa State University); and Sarah Morris-Benavides (Ames Laboratory) Suitability of polycarbonate safety glasses for UV laser eye protection, by John Jankovic, Michael D. Biegalski, and Scott M. Hollenbeck (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); and Burton R. Ogle, Tracy L. Zontek, and Tina M. Wells (Western Carolina University) Propylene, by William E. Luttrell and Nathaniel P. Giles (Oklahoma Christian University) Process safety: More to process safety than regulations, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) EH&S: Pay attention, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical...

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Making labs accessible to people with disabilities is focus of Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s January-February issue
Mar31

Making labs accessible to people with disabilities is focus of Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s January-February issue

Here’s what’s in the January-February issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, which has a special emphasis on making laboratories accessible to students with diabilities: Editorial: Bang head here, by Harry J. Elston Case study: Reaction scale-up leads to incident involving bromine and acetone, by Brandon S. Chance (Southern Methodist University) The value of safety and practicality: Recommendations for training disabled students in the sciences with a focus on blind and visually impaired students in chemistry laboratories, by Gabriella M. Nepomuceno, Debbie M. Decker, Dean J. Tantillo, and Henry B. Wedler (University of California, Davis; Julian D. Shaw (Credo High School); and Lee Boyes (Petaluma High School) Chemical and biological research with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and professionals: Ensuring a safe and successful laboratory environment, by Susan B. Smith, Annemarie D. Ross, and Todd Pagano (Rochester Institute of Technology) Service dogs in the chemistry laboratory, by Patricia Ann Redden (Saint Peter’s University) Laboratory safety attitudes and practices: A comparison of academic, government, and industry researchers, by Imke Schröder, Debbie Yan Qun Huang, Olivia Ellis, and Nancy L. Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles); and James H. Gibson (University of Southern California) Proceedings of the 2014 University of California Center for Laboratory Safety Workshop, by Imke Schröder and Nancy L. Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles); and James H. Gibson (University of Southern California) I’ve seen this movie before, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) Chemical safety – chemical security, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical Safety) OSHA’s Lab Standard at 26, by Ken...

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#Chemsafety presentations at #ACSSanDiego
Mar30

#Chemsafety presentations at #ACSSanDiego

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Safety has posted slides from its sessions at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego: Safety begins in the classroom: Demonstrations, awareness, & pre-lab planning How Texas Tech and UCLA have affected laboratory safety nationwide Developing, implementing & teaching hazard assessment tools Chemical, sample, and asset management tools CHAS posters and presentations in the divisions of chemical information and...

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#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanDiego
Mar10

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanDiego

The 251st ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in San Diego. 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 1128. SUNDAY Morning Division of Chemical Health & Safety Executive Committee Meeting (agenda book); 8:30-11:00 am, Hilton Gaslamp, Santa Rosa Room The Two Year Guidelines: What’s New; 8:30-11:50 am, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Promenade B (CHED) Chemistry-based technology programs in the 2015 ACS Guidelines for Chemistry in Two-Year College Programs Importance of partnerships in two-year college chemistry programs Safety in the 2015 two-year guidelines Student skills in the 2015 two-year guidelines Importance of student mentoring in the chemical sciences at the community college Student transfer and the guidelines for chemistry in two-year college programs Emerging trends in the two year college landscape Afternoon Safety Begins in the Classroom: Demonstrations, Awareness & Pre-Lab Planning; 1:30-3:40 pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS) Wild, wild west to GHS: Reflections on my first year as a general chemistry laboratory coordinator Safety education for early lab students: How do they learn it before they need it? Chemical demonstrations: The good, the bad, the ugly Development of demonstrations – a collaborative project between the safety office and teaching assistants Ask Dr. Safety: About Incident Reporting; 3:50-5:15 pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS) Anatomy of an incident report When things go wrong … Incident reporting Fall 2015 InterCollegiate Cheminformatics Course; 1:30-4:30 pm, Manchester Grand Hyatt, Mission Beach A/B (CHED) Future intercollegiate course management systems: Under the hood of the Cheminformatics OLCC Future intercollegiate course management systems: Part 2 – An extensible nodal network of TLOs (Teaching and Learning Objects) Better data habits for better science: Chemical information literacy in the digital era Talking about cheminformatics to undergraduate chemistry majors Facilitators perspective on teaching chemical informatics as part of the Online Collaborative Chemistry (OLCC) course Cheminformatics directed study with OLCC Reviewing PubChem laboratory chemical safety summaries for different user types Division of Chemical Education Safety Committee Meeting; 4:00-5:30 pm, Embassy Suites San Diego Downtown Bay, Mariposa MONDAY Morning Committee on Chemical Safety and Executive Meeting; 7:30 am-12:30 pm, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire Ballroom E/F Afternoon How Texas Tech & UCLA Have Affected Laboratory Safety Nationwide; 1:30-5:00 pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS) We better watch out: Prevention beats reparation Digging deep: The response to cultural issues Changing a culture: The accident at Texas Tech; what happened in the next five years, and why you should develop a culture of safety: Thoughts from the department chair at the time...

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OPRD’s safety notables from the literature
Feb24

OPRD’s safety notables from the literature

Organic Process Research & Development has just released its 13th annual compilation of safety issues from scientific literature. It covers: Accidents Fire and Explosion Disasters in Aftermath of Great East Japan Earthquake Lab Explosion during Distillation of Propargyl Thiocyanate Lessons Learned from Process Safety Incidents Zinc Plant Explosion Methyl Mercaptan Accident Tianjin Blast Thermal Hazard Evaluations Decoupling Heat Absorption and Generation from Azobis(isobutyronitrile) Decomposition Ammonium Nitrate Thermal Decomposition with Additives Thermal Hazard Assessment for Synthesis of 3-Methylpyridine-N-oxide Analysis of Safety and Kinetic Parameters for Organic Peroxide Decomposition Prediction of Self-Accelerating Decomposition Temperature for Organic Peroxides Math Methods for Application of Experimental Adiabatic Data Vent Sizing of Cumene Hydroperoxide System under Fire Scenario Differential Scanning Calorimetry Analysis of Liquid Sodium-Silica Reaction Beyond the Phi Factor Thermal Stability of Propylene Oxide Hazard Assessment Methodology Systems Theoretic Accident Modeling and Processes (STAMP)—Holistic System Safety Approach or Another Risk Model? Decisions and Decision Support for Major Accident Prevention in Industry Process Safety Management for Managing Contractors in Process Plant Laboratory Safety Culture What Does “Safe” Look and Feel Like? Methods for Identifying Errors in Chemical Process Development and Design Methods and Models in Process Safety and Risk Management: Past, Present and Future Chemical Reactivity in PHA Scale-up and Scalable Reaction Conditions Application of Safety by Design Scale-up of Epoxide Ring-Opening Scale-up of Alkoxyamines Scale-up of Processes using DMSO Alternative Reagents Trifluoromethylation with Sodium Trifluoromethanesulfinate Iodonium Ylides as Safe Carbene Precursors Improved Method for Generation of Ohira–Bestmann Reagent Nonafluorobutanesulfonyl Azide as a Shelf Stable Oxidant Additional Trifluoromethylation with Sodium Trifluoromethanesulfinate Deoxyfluorination of Phenols with PhenoFluorMix New Reagent for Synthesis of CF3-Substituted Arenes and Heteroarenes A New Deoxyfluorination Reagent Dust Hazards Influence of Inert Materials on Flammable Dust Self-Ignition Hazard Evaluation Method for Dust Collector Explosions Dust Explosions in Process...

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Hydrocyanation without using hydrogen cyanide
Feb23

Hydrocyanation without using hydrogen cyanide

From this week’s C&EN, a method to conduct hydrocyanation without using hydrogen cyanide and–bonus!–with reversibility: Xianjie Fang, Peng Yu, and Bill Morandi of the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research use a nickel catalyst as a shuttle to pluck hydrogen and a cyano group from a donor nitrile and transfer them to an alkene to form a nitrile. The team shows the reaction is useful to make aryl nitriles and for functionalizing biomolecules such as tyrosine and estrone. In addition, the transfer hydrocyanation is made reversible on demand by selecting starting reagents that control the thermodynamic equilibrium of the reaction—the nitriles can be reverted to complementary alkenes. The team uses this retrohydrocyanation to make styrene, terpene, and aliphatic alkene derivatives from nitriles. The paper is in Science, DOI:...

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