Protecting a global lab workforce
Jul10

Protecting a global lab workforce

ACS has posted presentations from the spring 2013 national meeting in New Orleans, and there’s one from the Division of Chemical Health & Safety: “What’s required vs. what’s right: Protecting a global lab workforce,” by Ken Fivizzani, chair-elect of the division. Here’s his abstract: Organizations tend to respond to external regulations by ensuring that minimum requirements are met; additional internal rules may be added if they can be justified to management. In the case of global academic or industrial organizations, reliance on local regulations challenges safety professionals’ natural instincts to provide comparable safety working conditions to all employees within the organization. Regional managers are often hesitant to commit resources implementing policies that are not required by local governments. Within organizations, site-specific safety policies and procedures should be reviewed for broader application to other locations. Ethical and cultural issues can hinder efforts to establish equitable safety policies to all employees. Access to the presentations is free if you’re an ACS member who registered for the meeting or are in a couple of other member categories. Here’s the pricing...

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Chemical and laboratory safety at #ACSNOLA
Apr04

Chemical and laboratory safety at #ACSNOLA

My colleagues and I are gearing up for the 245th ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, which means that it’s time for me to post the Division of Chemical Health & Safety programming for the meeting. As usual, the helpful DCHAS folks have also put together their CHAS-At-A-Glance reference for the meeting. Sessions are in the Convention Center room 237 unless otherwise noted. SUNDAY CHAS Executive Committee Breakfast, open to any CHAS or ACS member (8:30 am) Chemical Safety Aspects of Animal Use Protocol Risk Assessments (1:30-3:10 pm) Ask Dr. Safety About Dealing with Especially Hazardous Materials (3:15-5:25 pm) MONDAY Health, Safety, Security, and Environment: A Global Prospective (1:30-3:55 pm) Sci-Mix posters (8-10 pm, Convention Center Hall D) TUESDAY Complying with the New OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (9:00-11:40 am) Academia and Industrial Pilot Plant Operations and Safety (I&EC, 8:30-11:35 am and 1:30-4:10 pm, Convention Center 229) A New Vision for Chemistry Graduate Education (PRES, 1:30-4:50 pm, Convention Center Rivergate Ballroom) Social Hour reception with the Division of Small Chemical Business and the Division of Business Development & Management (5-8 pm, Tomas Bistro Gallery Room, 755 Tchoupitoulas St) For other meeting programming that caught the attention of C&EN staff, check out C&EN Picks! And for real-time updates of what we’re up to at the meeting, follow us on Twitter and...

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