Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, September-October issue
Nov29

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, September-October issue

Here’s what was in the August-September issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety. The theme of the issue was implementation of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s Laboratory Standard, drawn from a symposium held at the Fall 2015 ACS meeting in Boston. Editorial: The Lab Standard at 25, by Harry J. Elston Strategy of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research to influence laboratory safety among its funded researchers, by Steve Rupkey (Argonne National Laboratory) Reflections of a former OSHA official on the laboratory standard, by Fred Malaby The impact of OSHA’s Laboratory Standard on undergraduate safety education, by Robert H. Hill Jr. (Battelle) Where are we with lab safety education: Who, what, when, where, and how?, by Kenneth P. Fivizzani Should science departments have their own safety personnel? – An assessment of a centralized approach, by Kamilah Hylton (University of Technology, Jamaica) Laboratory safety: Engaging 600+ research groups, by Stephanie Tumidajski (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) The Laboratory Safety Standard at 25: Implementation of the Standard through the Chemical Hygiene Plan and the Chemical Hygiene Officer – Is it trickling down?, by Miriam Weil (Boston Children’s Hospital) Process dynamics and safety, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) Enhance, don’t interfere, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical...

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, July-August issue
Nov16

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, July-August issue

Here’s what was in the July-August issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Rainbows revisited and unintended consequences, by Harry J. Elston Promoting a culture of safety in academic chemistry, statements by American Chemical Society presidential candidates, Peter K. Dorhout (Kansas State University) and Thomas R. Gilbert (Northeastern University), candidates for American Chemical Society president Evaluation of safety climate at a major public university, by Jerry E. Steward, Vincent L. Wilson, and Wei-Hsung Wang (Louisiana State University) A case history of requalifying an older laboratory hood for use, by Lee C. Cadwallader and Robert J. Pawelko (Idaho National Laboratory) Hazards associated with laboratory scale hydrogenations, by Tilak Chandra and Jeffrey P. Zebrowski (University of Wisconsin, Madison) An evaluation of diesel particulate matter in fire station vehicle garages and living quarters, by Ryan L. Payne, Victor M. Alaves, Rodney R. Larson, and Darrah K. Sleeth (University of Utah) A new quantitative method for testing performance of in-use laboratory chemical fume hoods, by Kwangseog Ahn (University of Wisconsin, Whitewater; Michael J. Ellenbecker and Susan R. Woskie (University of Massachusetts, Lowell); and Louis J. DiBerardinis (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Baseline survey on the implementation of laboratory chemical safety, health and security within health faculties laboratories at Universitas Indonesia, by Fatma Lestari, Budiawan, Meily L. Kurniawidjaja, and Budi Hartono (Universitas Indonesia) Adipic acid, by William E. Luttrell and Garrett R. Klaassen (Oklahoma Christian University) Mini factories and process safety, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) Safety as a “core value” in academia, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical Safety) Toxic tips: Propylene, by William E. Luttrell and Nathaniel P. Giles (Oklahoma Christian...

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Poor storage of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine leads to controlled explosions in the U.K.
Nov09

Poor storage of 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine leads to controlled explosions in the U.K.

At least 40 U.K. schools have called in bomb disposal teams to dispose of improperly stored 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (2,4-DNPH or 2,4-DNP), Chemistry World reports. 2,4-DNPH is used in a practical exam for U.K. students to complete their “A-level” to complete high school. Students would react an aldehyde or ketone with 2,4-DNPH to produce a colored 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazone. The experiment had been discontinued but was recently reintroduced. Some schools “have retrieved questionable 2,4-DNPH ‘from the dusty back shelves of the chemical store,’ ” Chemistry World says. If the material dries out, it becomes sensitive to friction and shock. Simply removing the container lid could result in an explosion. That’s why the disposal method of choice is a controlled detonation, as also often happens with dried picric acid. A U.K. advisory service for school science and technology programs, CLEAPSS, recommends that: The solid is supplied damp or ‘wetted’ to minimise the risk of dust/air explosion. Keep solid damp at all times. Stand the bottle of damp solid inside a larger container that also contains a little tap water in the bottom (~ 1 cm depth). Label both the inner and outer containers. If solid may have become dry, do NOT attempt to open the bottle. Contact CLEAPSS. Or, if you’re not in the U.K., probably whoever handles your hazardous waste...

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, May-June issue
Oct18

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, May-June issue

It’s catch-up time, so here’s what was in the May & June issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Blown opportunities, hope and challenge, regarding adding safety to the American Chemical Society’s core values, by Harry J. Elston Response to “A blown opportunity,” by Donna J. Nelson (ACS President and a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma) Investigation of injury data at a detonator facility, by Michael E. Cournoyer, Cindy M. Lawton, Marylou Apodaca, Robert A. Bustamante, and Mark A. Armijo (Los Alamos National Laboratory) A case history in glovebox glove selection, by L. Cadwallader, R. Pawelko, and P. Humrickhouse (Idaho National Laboratory) Enhancing the regulatory framework for upstream chemicals management in Malaysia: Some proposals from an academic perspective, by Goh Choo Ta, Chan Kok Meng, Mazlin Mokhtar, Lee Khai Ern, Lubna Alam, Mohamad Mahathir Amir Sultan, and Nur Liyana Ali (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) The efficacy of Safety Data Sheets in informing risk based decision making: A review of the aerospace sector, by G.A. Nayar, W. Wehrmeyer, and C. France (University of Surrey) and C.A. Phillips, N. Crankshaw, and N. Marsh (Rolls-Royce) Review and analysis of safety policies of chemical journals, by Lauren E. Grabowski and Scott R. Goode (University of South Carolina) A comparison of direct-reading instruments for the measurement of hexavalent chromium during stainless steel welding, by Darrah K. Sleeth, Leon F. Pahler, and Rodney R. Larson (University of Utah) Ethylene, by William E. Luttrell and Luke R. Fletcher (Oklahoma Christian University) Oh, when will we ever learn?, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) Safety as a core value, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical...

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“Safety is always in season”
Oct13

“Safety is always in season”

When I reflect on my department’s safety training, I realize that too often we send a message to students that we need to behave safely to avoid getting into trouble. “Wear your goggles so you don’t get yelled at.” “Dispose of your waste properly so we don’t get fined.” “No food or drink in the lab so the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t shut us down.” Those perspectives cater to the idea that chemists and chemistry make problems, and they instill a culture of compliance rather than a culture of safety. In reality, many of us went into chemistry to solve problems, and being safe is an important component of creating that problem-solution environment. Safety should be a positive identity issue. I am a chemist, so of course I strive to be as safe as I can be. Being safe chemists requires that every one of us own the responsibility for safety. Safety should not be delegated to a set of rules made by a designated safety officer; it should be the concern and responsibility of every person who works in a lab or is part of a process. For example, in the semester when my co-instructor for an advanced lab class was pregnant, I impressed on the students that it was everyone’s responsibility, not just hers, to make sure that she was not accidentally exposed to hazardous chemicals. We should not only be safe as individuals, but we should each contribute energetically and enthusiastically to the safety of the entire community. So writes Laura Pence, a chemistry professor at the University of Hartford and the director of the American Chemical Society’s District I, in a comment in C&EN this week. Read the full piece to see what else she has to say. It’s unfortunate that we didn’t link to the resources she mentions, but they’re all available on the Committee on Chemical Safety’s...

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Hazard assessment tool released
Sep01

Hazard assessment tool released

The ACS Committee on Chemical Safety has developed a website with a collection of methods and tools for assessing hazards in research laboratories. The tool is based on the committee’s publication “Identifying & Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories.” From the website: Safety in the laboratory requires a full team effort to be successful. When everyone in the laboratory understands how to identify hazards, assess risk, and select the appropriate control measures to eliminate a hazard or minimize risk, accidents, injuries and near misses can be reduced. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WILL: Familiarize you with the fundamentals of hazard assessment; Guide you through preparation practices such as scoping and assembling your team; Offer a number of ways to conduct hazard assessments; Provide tools (e.g., templates, examples, etc.) that can be shared with your team and used...

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