The Safety Zone covers chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs and in manufacturing. It is intended to be a forum for exchange and discussion of lab and plant safety and accident information without the fanfare of a news article. Written primarily by C&EN associate editor Jyllian Kemsley and safety consultant Russ Phifer, the blog also includes contributions from other C&EN staff writers as well as health and safety experts in academia, industry, and government.
Jyllian Kemsley turned to science writing after working in the pharmaceutical industry for a couple of years and then receiving her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry. She now covers science, technology, and education from C&EN’s West Coast News Bureau. She cringes at some of the unsafe stuff she did in the lab and hopes that others will be smarter than she was.
Russ Phifer has held every elected and appointed position that the American Chemical Society has for chemical safety professionals, including chair of both the Committee on Chemical Safety and the Division of Chemical Health & Safety (twice). Elected an ACS Fellow in 2010, he is a regular at ACS national and regional meetings, where he presents workshops on chemical safety and lab waste management. Russ is also executive director of the National Registry of Certified Chemists. On summer evenings, he can frequently be found at Citizen Bank Park watching his Phillies.