#Chemsafety programming at #ACSBoston

ACS Boston bannerThe 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.


  • 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


  • 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 are we with lab safety education: Who, what, when, where, and how?
    • Should science departments have their own safety departments? An assessment of a centralized approach
  • 21st Century Chemistry Education: Formal and Informal; 1:30-5:00 PM, Convention Center, Room 158 (PRES)
    • A community for teachers of chemistry by teachers of chemistry
    • Young chemists in action: The benefits of informal chemistry education
    • Promoting excellence in chemistry teaching through in-service professional development
    • Making connections: Mentoring, networking, and presenting makes a difference for us and others as educators
    • Teacher-tested, but student-blackbox online professional development for chemistry teachers
    • Engaging researchers and students as partners in education and outreach
  • Toxicology and Environmental Impact in the Chemistry Curriculum: Science and Strategies for Educators – State of the Art Symposium; 1:30-5:25 PM, Convention Center, Room 253B (CHED)
    • How training chemist in 21st century toxicology contributes to the design of lower toxicity products
    • Evolution of structure-activity relationship (SAR) methodology in 21st century toxicity prediction
    • Harnessing toxicity testing in the 21st century to help train chemists
  • Designing Safer Chemicals; 1:30-5:25 PM, Boston Park Plaza Hotel, St. James Room (ENVR)
    • Alerts about toxicity alerts
    • Chemical design process at the crossroads of product efficacy and risk assessment
    • Use of computational toxicology for evaluating potential endocrine bioactivity and exposure
    • Assessing the accuracy of software predictions of mammalian and microbial metabolites
    • Quantitative structure-functional ingredient relationships (qFIRs): Development of a data-driven workflow for alternatives ingredient assessments for in silico molecular repurposing
    • Quantitative structure-activity relationships for predicting toxicity and biodegradability of biosynthetic and bio-inspired glycolipid surfactants
    • Screening/prioritization of chemicals and QSAR “Benign by Design” approach: The cumulative PBT index model in QSARINS
    • Analysis of xenobiotic properties leading to electrophilic or radical activation of Nrf2-keep1 pathway in ToxCast
    • Quantum chemistry blueprints for greener chelating agents
    • Coupling the power of high throughput zebrafish screening and synthetic chemistry to design safer chemicals
  • Division of Chemical Education Safety Committee Meeting; 7:00-5:30 PM, Seaport Hotel, Cambridge 1


  • Committee on Chemical Safety Executive Meeting; 8:30 AM-12:00 pm, Sheraton Boston Hotel, Back Bay C
  • Toxicology and Environmental Impact in the Chemistry Curriculum: Science and Strategies for Educators – State of the Art Symposium; 8:30-11:25 AM, Convention Center, Room 253B (CHED)
    • Infusing toxicology throughout the chemistry curriculum at South Dakota State University
    • Teaching toxicology and environmental impact: A toxicology course for chemistry majors at Simmons College
    • Teaching toxicology through a laboratory safety program
    • Integrating toxicology and green chemistry into a single course? Yes, it can be done
    • Incorporating principles of toxicology and environmental health into the chemistry curriculum at UC Berkeley
    • Introducing chemical toxicology in the organic chemistry curriculum
  • Lab Safety 25 Years After Promulgation of the OSHA Laboratory Standard; 8:30-11:35 AM, Seaport Hotel, Waterfront 1A/1B (CHAS)
    • Reflections of an OSHA regulator on the Laboratory Standard
    • Meandering towards OSHA’s lab standard compliance
    • “Compliance” does not mean “safe”
    • Developing a model for chemical safety literacy in the lab
    • Chemical hygiene plans: The vision and the reality
    • DOE Energy Innovation Hub’s effort to influence laboratory safety among its funded researchers
    • UMMS: Multiphase laboratory relocation and 3-2-1 process
    • Laboratory safety: Engaging 600+ research groups


  • Chemical Health & Safety Awards; 1:30-4:25 PM, Seaport Hotel, Waterfront 1A/1B (CHAS)
    • Musings of a founder of the Chemical Health and Safety Division
    • Laboratory safety in the 21st century
    • 12,000 thoughts on laboratory safety in 20 minutes or less
    • SafetyStratus Collegiate Safety Award
    • From the safety beat: The UCLA fatality and beyond (by yours truly)
    • Science, safety, and human suffering
  • Citizens First: Using Real-World Contexts for Engaging Students in Learning Chemistry; 1:30-4:55 pm, Convention Center, Room 253C (CHED)
    • Ethics and spirituality: What are they doing in my science textbook?
    • Making water personal
    • Using the climate debate to teach general chemistry
    • Experiential learning through course development and implementation of green general chemistry labs
    • Application based service learning in the first year chemistry sequence
    • Community-based learning in environmental chemistry: Arsenic testing in rural Maine
    • Development of laboratory experiences that build a foundation in chemistry for pre-health students: Using context, pedagogy, and chemical principles
    • Fighting with food: Battling chemical toxicity with good nutrition
    • Spreading the industrial safety culture into classrooms: The role of corporate volunteer programs


  • Transforming University-Industry Partnerships for an Innovative Future; 8:15-12:10 PM, Westin Boston Waterfront, Burroughs (PRES)
    • Future of industrial – academic partnerships
    • Spectrum of engagement for research, collaboration, and innovation
    • Making the most of university-industry alliances
    • Alignment, development, and sustainment of the strategic research partnership
    • Role of the federal government
  • Current Topics in Chemical Safety Information; 9:00-11:30 AM, Seaport Hotel, Waterfront 1A/1B (CHAS)
    • Organizing chemical information to support lab safety
    • Keeping your kids away from poisonous chemicals: Chemical safety in the household
    • Updating NFPA 45: Fire protection for laboratories using chemicals
    • Blueprint for successful chemical management at Yale’s West Campus
    • Chemistry lab safety information resources for academic user
    • Teaching future chemists how to create meaningful risk assessment tools


  • Transforming University-Industry Partnerships for an Innovative Future; 1:30-5:00 PM, Westin Boston Waterfront, Burroughs (PRES)
    • Creating structures for fruitful university- industrial research partnerships
    • National network for manufacturing innovation
    • Building a co-creation system for focused innovation
    • Engaging Value Chain members to improve new product launch success
    • Balancing the university’s overarching policy for openness and dissemination of information with industry’s need for confidentiality for translational R
    • University of Cincinnati Simulation Center: A UC Engineering and P&G collaboration
  • Current Topics in Chemical Safety Information; 1:30-5:00 PM, Seaport Hotel, Waterfront 1A/1B (CHAS)
    • Designing a hazard and risk assessment protocol for undergraduate instruction and use
    • Experience with data handling in large chemical databases
    • Ensuring that lessons learned are not forgotten: Leveraging ELN to transform the safety paradigm
    • Encoding reactive chemical hazards and incompatibilities in an alerting system
    • Biological and ecological toxicity of engineered nanomaterials
    • eNanoMapper: A database and ontology framework for nanomaterials design and safety assessment
    • Data, data everywhere, nor any bit processable: Opportunities for amalgamating and opening up chemical data and information relevant to hazard recognition and safety planning
    • It’s all in how you do it: Annotating process conditions in laboratory chemical hazard recognition and risk management

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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