Chemical and laboratory safety at #ACSDenver

As Russ and I pack up and head for the ACS National Meeting in Denver, here’s a list of the Division of Chemical Health & Safety programming at the meeting. As always, I recommend the handy-dandy “Chas-At-A-Glance” document (pdf)–if you find yourself with some free time, perhaps you can catch a talk or two!


  • Division of Chemical Health & Safety Awards, with talks on silane safety, compressed gases, and adaptive tools for undergraduates with special needs (Convention Center 106, 1:30-3:55 pm)


  • Improving Safety Culture: You, Too, Can Effect Change; includes a panel discussion with representatives from government, academia, and industry (Convention Center 106, 1:30-4:55 pm)
  • CHAS social hour, open to any ACS member (Earls Restaurant, 5:00-7:00 pm)


  • Health Effects of Nanotechnology (Convention Center 106, 9:00-10:35 am)
  • Field Operations: How Not to Hurt Yourself in the Field (Convention Center 106, 10:50-11:55 am)

Also on Tuesday: A session on Communicating Chemistry to the Public, sponsored by the Committee on Public Relations and Communications, cosponsored by ACS President Nancy Jackson, and moderated ACS President-Elect Bassam Shakhashiri. According to an e-mail from the public affairs office, “Speakers include journalists from print, web, radio and television; a chemist-cookbook author; science toys expert; and author of the 2012 National Science Board’s Science Indicators public opinion chapter.” This is in the Convention Center, room 108, from 1:00-4:30 pm. Combating public chemophobia is, I think, just as important as respecting chemicals enough to work with them safely.

And STUDENTS! If you’re an ACS student member, visit the CHAS booth at the meeting expo and the division will cover the fee to add you as a member of the division. Benefits include access to the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety and the division e-mail list. The booth is #1731 and is shared by CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety.

Last but not least, CHAS is developing its online social networking. Check out the division on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and the ACS Network.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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