CHAS News from #ACSDenver…

Greetings from sunny and warm Denver! It’s been a strange meeting; some CHAS members were unable to get here because of hurricane Irene. For many of us, our thoughts are with family and friends back East.

As Jyllian noted, CHAS has four technical sessions, two workshops, and three Sci-Mix posters at this meeting. Unfortunately, several of our speakers were unable to leave home because of travel issues. I was looking forward to hearing Eugene Ngai, our Howard Fawcett Award winner for “outstanding individual contributions to the field of chemical health and safety,” since I received my initial compressed gas safety training from him nearly 30 years ago! Unfortunately, he was unable to get out of the New York area and will have to give his presentation in San Diego or Philadelphia in 2012.

CHAS can now be found on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn! We have established a social media team to help maintain our pages. Please feel free to Join or Friend or Like, as appropriate.

This morning, the Chemical Safety Board gave the CHAS Executive Committee a presentation on its activities, using the Texas Tech University investigation as an example of the depth and methodology of their work. Dr. Mary Beth Mulcahy stressed the importance of overall safety culture and guidance within an institution, and hinted this was a significant issue at TTU. CSB expects publication of its full report on TTU by the end of September.

More later…

Author: Russ Phifer

Russ is a professional volunteer, active in ACS since 1982. He is the only History major (College of Wooster, 1974) to Chair an ACS Committee (Chemical Safety), Technical Division (CHAS), and Task Force (Laboratory Chemical & Waste Management). In his spare time he is Executive Director of the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC), EH&S Manager for a printing plant (Chiyoda America, Morgantown, PA), and run his own environmental health & safety consulting and training firm (WC Environmental, LLC). Also active in local politics, he nonetheless enjoys spending time with his wife Molly and their five children.

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