Tuesday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA
Mar20

Tuesday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA

Today at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans: CHAS: Water Supply Safety 9:00 AM Grand Salon D Sec 21, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Introductory Remarks Waukesha water: Bridging the divide Laboratory safety is impacted by changes in water quality Iron as an indicator of water system corrosion and compromised disinfection: Argument for regulating iron and small system corrosion control Lessons learned from the Elk and Dan River disasters: Enhancing science support for water resource protection and crisis communication in spill-incident response Computational chemistry support for water resource protection: Developing rapid and accurate computational methods to predict physical properties for environmental fate and toxicity modelling Panel Discussion Also notable: CINF sessions on chemical information literacy, morning and afternoon in River Bend 1, New Orleans Marriott Convention Center. Teaching students how to identify good chemical information is key to supporting them to work...

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Monday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA
Mar19

Monday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA

Today at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans: CINF: Community Sharing of Chemical Safety Data: Yes, No, Maybe? 8:20 AM River Bend 1, New Orleans Marriott Convention Center What’s all this fuss about data sharing? In search of improved laboratory safety Promoting safety culture through sharing – a Dow perspective Chemical and laboratory safety: The role of scholarly publishers Chemical safety data in the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Safety sharing culture: Learning from the aviation industry Intermission Information/practice sharing forums among American Chemistry Council Member Companies Experiences with learning experience reports Balancing act: Protecting all interests Parsing the “lessons learned” space: Layers of opportunities and challenges Panel Discussion (yours truly will help moderate) Not in New Orleans? Join me for Safety Zone Live via Facebook to discuss the morning session with organizer Carmen Nitsche, who’s been working with the Pistoia Alliance to build the Chemical Safety Library. CHAS: Implementing ACS Safety Education Guidelines 1:30 PM Grand Salon D Sec 21, Hilton New Orleans Riverside Introductory Remarks The ACS safety culture journey: What next? Building the safety learning spiral One slice at a time: Do what you can whenever you can Developing a culture of safety in chemistry and biochemistry at Texas Woman’s University Intermission Importance of laboratory safety in chemistry curriculum Withdrawn RAMPing up the organic chemistry lab at a PUI: Developing a culture of safety and...

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Sunday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA
Mar18

Sunday #chemsafety at #ACSNOLA

Today at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans: Integrating Research & Safety 1:30 PM Grand Salon D Sec 21, Hilton New Orleans Riverside The psychology of developing a positive chemical safety culture in academic research labs Survey of chemist exposure to VOCs from solvent cabinets Study of safer storage and handling of graphene oxide Effectiveness of laser safety eyewear under real-world conditions Safety at the bench: Promoting positive safety culture in academic laboratories Ask Dr. Safety: Integrating research and safety Workshop: Developing Graduate Student Leadership Skills in Lab Safety 3:00 PM Magnolia Room, Hilton Garden Inn Convention...

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Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Goggles, lab coat, and fire extinguisher
Feb13

Coming soon to a smartphone near you: Goggles, lab coat, and fire extinguisher

Some time ago, my brilliant C&EN colleague Jessica Morrison hatched a plan to develop emoji for chemists. With the help of Yang Ku and Sam Lemonick, chemoji were born. And later this year, they’ll become part of the standard set–along with a few other science items, redheaded and curly-haired people, superheroes and heroines, and yarn. Want our original set of images? You can download them here. At least one school is using them on fume hoods–the faces are cut in half and pasted on the frame and sash; aligning the smile puts the sash at the correct height. (Where has the Safety Zone been, you ask? First there was Grappling with graduate student mental health and suicide, then Confronting sexual harassment in chemistry. Those stories were followed by a promotion to C&EN’s executive editor for policy. New editor responsibilities included managing Top headlines of 2017 and U.S. policy outlook for 2018, plus assorted other things to learn. I still have the safety beat, though, and one of my goals for this quarter is to get the Safety Zone going...

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Help build the Chemical Safety Library!
Oct04

Help build the Chemical Safety Library!

Scour your memory, lab notebooks, or the literature to find reaction safety information to enter into the Chemical Safety Library, a database tool that chemists may use to share information and avoid repeating dangerous events. To expand the library, the nonprofit that developed it is holding a two-week datathon from Oct. 17 to 31. The Pistoia Alliance launched the library earlier this year, and it now has more than 100 entries. “We are collecting community-contributed insights regarding reactions that have gone awry in the lab, with the aim of making this information freely and widely available to improve safety for all,” says Carmen Nitsche, Pistoia’s executive director for business development in North America. If you don’t already have a Chemical Safety Library account, please register in advance–library administrators screen user applications and reaction submissions to ensure the database remains free of spam. You can also register for a kickoff webinar on Oct. 18 to provide training, tips, and tricks. And be sure to alert your colleagues–students, postdocs, faculty, staff, EH&S personnel, collaborators–about the effort. Pistoia will reward top contributors with gift cards. C&EN plans to participate in the datathon by contributing information from our safety letters. Our challenge to you: Don’t let us be the top contributor! I hear all the time that people would like to have a database such as this, so now’s your chance to help create it. What happens during the datathon and a subsequent hackathon will help determine future development of the...

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