Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, November-December issue
Dec28

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, November-December issue

Here’s what’s in the November-December issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Looking to the horizon, by Harry J. Elston Is benzene still a good indicator of risk during crude oil spill clean-ups? by Frank M. Parker (Caliche Ltd) Improving lab coat selection, use, and care: Lessons learned from one university’s comprehensive lab coat initiative, by Mary Lindstrom et al (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Reliability study of an emerging fire suppression system, by David A. Miller et al (Montana State University) Environmental and public health risks associated with chemical waste from research and educational laboratories in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, by Charles Kihampa (Ardhi University) and Harieth Hellar-Kihampa (University of Tanzania) Comparative characterization methods for metal oxide nanoparticles in aqueous suspensions, by Gary A. Roth, Nicole M. Neu-Baker, and Sara A. Brenner (SUNY Polytechnic Institute) Aluminum sulfate, by William E. Luttrell (Oklahoma Christian University) Brief discussion of deflagration and detonation, by David Rainer (North Carolina State University) Follow through, by John DeLaHunt Green chemistry and process safety, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE Center for Chemical Process Safety) Competence and compassion, by Peter C. Ashbrook (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) Not Jane Fonda’s China Syndrome, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical Safety) Read the label, by Robert Alaimo Corrigendum to “Protective equipment for small-scale laboratory explosive hazards. Part 2. Shielding materials, eye and face protection” [J. Chem. Health Saf. 2015, DOI:...

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Goggle reviews, anyone?
Dec10

Goggle reviews, anyone?

Ruth Bowers of the blog “Understanding Chemistry Through Cars” and Alfred University has a few goggle reviews on the blog and is looking for more: So, here’s the deal. I’m out of goggles to review! We’d love to hear from you about your favorite (or despised) goggles that meet the ANSI Z89+ Z87.1 standard. Let us know what works and what doesn’t. Share a photo of your goggles in action. If you’d like to submit a full review, contact us here (we’ll contact you by email to get a photo and more info). If you’d just like to give a short comment, tweet us a photo of your goggles. She has these questions in particular: Does the user have a large or small face? Do they wear glasses? What is typical goggle use? How long are they worn? What is the climate control in the lab space? Are the goggles comfortable? Do they fit well? Do they fog? Do typical anti-fog measures...

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Creating a culture of safety in the science classroom
Dec08

Creating a culture of safety in the science classroom

Coming up TODAY at 4 pm Pacific/7 pm Eastern: A webinar on “Creating a Culture of Safety in the Science Classroom,” sponsored by the American Association of Chemistry Teachers As teachers we are responsible for generating general safety understanding within the laboratory setting, and for creating a culture of safety in the science classroom from day one. Together we’ll examine important aspects of a safe science laboratory, and participants will learn how to create a culture of safety in their own science classroom. Register...

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Process Safety newsletters
Dec02

Process Safety newsletters

From AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, the “Process Safety Beacons” for the last few months: Unloading and Loading Hazardous Materials – While the things you do… may seem simple – usually just transferring material – these facilities may be some of the most important contributors to process safety risk in your plant.” Water, Water Everywhere… – “Be aware of chemical reaction hazards of water in your plant – as a reactive chemical, and as a catalyst for other reactions. Understand the design features of your plant which protect against hazardous interactions with water.” Wrong Hose Causes Ammonia Leak! – “Always check that the correct hose is being used for unloading or loading operations. Be particularly careful if you are using a hose that comes with the truck.” Stop! Look! Listen! – “When you are working in a process plant, you should also take time to STOP for a few minutes, LOOK around at your plant, and LISTEN to it. Your plant is always sending you information about its status, but are you looking and...

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Accessing information for chemical safety–and teaching students how to do it, too
Dec01

Accessing information for chemical safety–and teaching students how to do it, too

“Emerging Opportunities in Chemical Safety Information” is the subject of a webinar coming up this Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 am US Pacific/11 am US Eastern Standard Time: Public and professional concern about chemical safety in laboratories have mounted over the last decade as a series of incidents in research, teaching and high school settings have led to serious injuries and deaths. In response, several ACS committees and divisions have provided guidance on developing risk assessments for laboratory procedures. However, this strategy faces two specific challenges: 1) convenient access to reliable chemical safety information; and 2) lack of systematic guidance to use this information to identify appropriate hazard management strategies. This webinar will describe collaborative efforts between the Divisions of Chemical Information and Chemical Health & Safety to address these challenges. Specific resources, such as PubChem’s Laboratory Chemical Safety Summaries will be described, as well as logic tools which can support the use of these resources. Opportunities for partnerships for further improving these sources and tools will be discussed. Presenting will be Ralph Stuart, chemical hygiene officer at Keene State College; Leah Rae McEwen, director of the Edna McConnell Clark Physical Sciences eLibrary and chemistry librarian at Cornell University; and Evan Bolton, lead scientist for the National Center for Biotechnology Information, which is part of the U. S. National Library of Medicine. To connect to the webinar, go here and enter as a Guest: http://carmenconnect.osu.edu/cinfwebinar_december2015/ If you can’t attend it live, the webinar will be archived at: http://www.acscinf.org/content/webinars Also, coming up in January is a Journal of Chemical Education special issue focusing on chemical information. One of the papers in that special issue is already available and open access: “The Safety ‘Use Case’: Co-Developing Chemical Information Management and Laboratory Safety Skills,” J. Chem. Educ. 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.5b00511, by Stuart and McEwen. Here’s the abstract: The 2015 edition of the American Chemical Society’s Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs identifies six skill sets that undergraduate chemistry programs should instill in their students. In our roles as support staff for chemistry departments at two different institutions (one a Primarily Undergraduate Institution, the other a research intensive university), we have been collaboratively studying these requirements and have found significant synergies between two in particular: “Chemical Literature and Information Management Skills” and “Laboratory Safety Skills”. We believe that by integrating emerging tools in the laboratory safety field into information literacy frameworks, a strong foundation can be established for the development of all the skills called out by the ACS. This article describes this strategy and provides examples of how these concepts can be implemented in both the chemistry teaching and research laboratory...

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How to do classroom demos safely
Nov19

How to do classroom demos safely

“One of these days, someone is going to die” from injuries sustained in a chemistry classroom fire, Calais Weber Biery says. “I almost did.” In response to all the students injured in alcohol-fueled school fires, C&EN has released a package focused on classroom demo and experiment safely. It’s got a story, an infographic illustrating the National Fire Protection Association recommendations for demos, and a video depicting the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety’s recommended procedure for flame tests (soak sticks in aqueous salt solutions, then burn them in a bunsen burner). The package went online yesterday at http://cenm.ag/labdemo and will be in Monday’s print issue (Nov. 23). Please feel free to share the link or...

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