#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanDiego

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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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • Committee on Chemical Safety and Executive Meeting; 7:30 am-12:30 pm, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Sapphire Ballroom E/F


  • 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
    • Developing a chemical safety program from lessons learned
    • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs): A tale of a really fun project (really!)
    • Improving safety performance and compliance through web-based tools
  • Earle B. Barnes Award for Leadership in Chemical Research Management: Symposium in honor of Henry E. Bryndza; 1:30-4:15 pm, Convention Center, Room 32B (INOR)
    • 20 years of the presidential green chemistry challenge awards: A perspective on chemistry innovation
    • Safety by design: Integration of safety / toxicology considerations into the early research process
    • Only the best is good enough: The LEGO group’s journey to leave a positive impact
    • Framework to guide selection of chemical alternatives
    • Role of the EPA in deploying safer chemicals in both products and manufacturing processes


  • Social Hour hosted by CHAS, PROF, SCHB, and BGMT; 5:30-7:30 pm, Café Sevilla, 353 Fifth Ave
  • Sci-Mix; 8:00-10:00 pm, Convention Center, Halls D/E
    • Division of Chemical Health and Safety Information Poster
    • Safety in pictures: What message are you sending?
    • Lessons learned in photos
    • Lessons learned in photos: What went right
    • iRAMP: A web-based model for laboratory chemical risk assessment
    • Explosions and hazardous chemicals: Studying disaster preparedness with FEMA


  • Developing, Implementing & Teaching Hazard Assessment Tools; 8:30 am-12:20pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS)
    • Creating a culture of safety: APLU recommendations and tools for universities and colleges
    • Parsing the chemical risk assessment process for the laboratory
    • Incorporating hazard assessment into laboratory curricula: One pathway to growing a sustainable safety culture
    • Risk analysis and crisis management in a research lab
    • Software tools to assist and promote laboratory safety
    • Using case studies and receiving ancillary benefits through instruction and use of what-if hazard reviews in an academic research environment
    • System to identify, analyze and control the hazards of laboratory researcher at Argonne National Laboratory
    • Hazard review and approval system at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • Development of a database for hazard assessment and work approval in the Material Measurement Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Cannabis: Exploring the Chemistry, History & Future; 8:00 am-12:00 pm, Marriot Marquis San Diego Marina, Santa Rosa room (SCHB)
    • Servicing the cannabis extraction market
    • Patient advocacy for cannabis standards creates jobs in industry
    • Findings on blending hemp with thermal coal for power generation
    • Report from a Colorado private laboratory on regional cannabis potency from using UPLC analysis
    • Rapid quantitative chemical analysis of cannabinoids in seized cannabis using heated headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry
    • Analytical testing for the cannabis industry: Consumer safety vs. regulatory requirements



  • Chemical, Sample & Asset Management Tools; 9:00 am-12:05 pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS)
    • Chemical inventories: What are they good for?
    • How UNHCEMS® has evolved from a chemical inventory tracking system to an environmental management tool
    • Use of RFID and scanning technologies for managing large chemical Inventories
    • Developing a cloud based chemical inventory application for the University of California system (UC Chemicals)
    • Using a chemical inventory system to optimize safe laboratory research
    • Chemical stockroom management: Lessons learned ten years in


  • Chemical, Sample & Asset Management Tools; 1:30-4:35 pm, Hilton Gaslamp, Marina Room (CHAS)
    • UC safety: An integrated approach to your chemical management needs
    • Targeted safety assessments through technology
    • PubChem’s laboratory chemical safety summary (LCSS)
    • Socio-legal issues in the application of semantic web technology to chemical safety
    • Pre-competitive collaboration to advance laboratory safety
  • Chemistry of Peace; 1:00-4:00 pm, Convention Center, Room 22 (CHAL)
    • Chemical and explosives terrorism: Domestic and international implications
    • Countering terrorism and attaining peace: Chemistry of peace
    • Chemistry and human rights: Hand in hand for peace and stability

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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