New lab safety video on personal protective equipment
Jun24

New lab safety video on personal protective equipment

Courtesy of University of California, San Diego, chemistry lecturer Haim Weizman, here is a new video on personal protective equipment–mostly lab coats, with a nod to eye protection. So far, two complaints have cropped up on the Division of Chemical Health & Safety e-mail list about the video. One is that it shows safety glasses rather than splash goggles. I agree that goggles would be a better choice, especially when part...

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Proposed ACS undergrad guidelines increase safety requirements
Jun18

Proposed ACS undergrad guidelines increase safety requirements

This week’s issue of C&EN includes a story by Celia Arnaud about proposed changes to the ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs, which are developed by the Committee on Professional Training. The issue also has a comment by committee leaders Anne B. McCoy of Ohio State University and Ron W. Darbeau of Louisiana’s McNeese State University. Included in the changes are revisions to the safety requirements....

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Lab safety video library
Jun06

Lab safety video library

Several weeks ago, a request hit my inbox: Did I know of a library of lab safety videos? I didn’t. But it seemed like one would be a useful resource, so Russ and I set about putting one together. It’s just a spreadsheet, but hopefully it’ll be useful to some in the chemistry community: Lab Safety Videos A few notes: Video descriptions are courtesy of Russ (thanks, Russ!) We make no guarantees about quality There are...

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Dow launches Lab Safety Academy website
May20

Dow launches Lab Safety Academy website

Yesterday at the Council for Chemical Research meeting, Dow unveiled a publicly-accessible website with a comprehensive set of lab safety training videos plus additional resources. The website is at safety.dow.com. More details on the development of the site are in my C&EN story on the project. One tidbit that didn’t make it into the news story: While the video hosts are professional actors, the supporting roles are played...

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Stony Brook chemistry incorporates lab safety into Research Day celebration
Apr17

Stony Brook chemistry incorporates lab safety into Research Day celebration

Researchers developed lab safety demonstrations, competed for prizes, and attended a safety equipment expo as part of Stony Brook University chemistry department’s Research Day in January. Research Day is an annual department tradition going back at least a decade, says department chair Nicole S. Sampson. Students prepare posters about their research, the department hosts a lunch, and one of the faculty members gives a keynote...

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A safety warning on Togni’s reagents
Mar07

A safety warning on Togni’s reagents

From Novasep in Germany and Organic Process Research and Development comes word that Togni’s reagent II, used for trifluoromethylations, is explosive. Also highly hazardous is an intermediate in the reagent’s synthesis and probably Togni’s reagent I. Togni’s reagent II, in particular, shows some properties comparable to trinitrotoluene and gunpowder. Caution the paper’s authors: Work with the compounds...

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