Hazardous reactions database launched

From my story at C&EN:

A nonprofit group today released a database tool chemists can use to share information about hazardous chemical reactions. Called the Chemical Safety Library, the tool was developed by a group that included representatives from pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions.

“We feel this will be a valuable and unique set of data that is currently not available and should advance safety for all researchers,” says Carmen Nitsche, executive director for business development in North America at the Pistoia Alliance, which brings together companies, vendors, publishers, and academic groups to address research and development challenges in the life sciences industry.

Go read my story for more. This seems like it could be a very valuable resource for chemists to learn from others’ accidents and near-misses, but only if people put in the effort to share their own information.

A screen shot of a reaction entry in the Chemical Safety Library. Credit: Pistoia Alliance

A screen shot of a reaction entry in the Chemical Safety Library. Credit: Pistoia Alliance

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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