#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanFran
Mar30

#Chemsafety programming at #ACSSanFran

The 253rd ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in San Francisco. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 1125. Note: I did not have time to proofread this after putting it together. If there’s something that you want to see, double-check the time and location with the actual program! SUNDAY, April 2 Morning Division of Chemical Health & Safety Executive Committee Meeting (agenda book); 8:00 am-noon, Park Central, Franciscan I room Afternoon High School Program; 1:00-4:25 pm; SF Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate C2 room (CHED, WCC) Establishing a culture of laboratory safety in secondary education Sex, drugs, and the high school chemistry curriculum Best Practices in Selecting & Presenting Safety Training Content; 1:30-3:20 pm; Park Central, Olympic room (CHAS, CCS, PRES) Connecting safety culture to the educational mission Preliminary results of the chemical safety information and education survey Building safety culture through targeted training Flipped classroom techniques in safety training Relevant content, positive attitude, and memorable presentation Ask Dr. Safety: Chemical & Occupational Safety in the Cannabis Industry; 3:35-5:15 pm; Park Central, Olympic room (CHAS, CCS) Sensible approach to workplace drug testing for cannabis Chemical and occupational safety in the cannabis industry MONDAY, April 3 Morning Committee on Chemical Safety meeting; 7:00-11:30 am; Hilton SF Union, Continental Ballroom 6 Textbooks & the Practice of Science: Before, During & After Gutenberg; 8:45-11:25 am; Park Central, Metropolitan III room (CINF, CHED, HIST) Supporting transmission of knowledge for chemical safety education: An information workflow supplement to the laboratory textbook Cannabis: Emerging Challenges in Regulations, Product Analysis & Processing; 9:00-11:25 am; Park Central, Olympic room (CHAS, CCS, SCHB) Cannabis analysis: An overview of testing requirements and challenges in a rapidly emerging industry Quality control analysis of contaminants in the medical cannabis market in California: Pesticide, plant growth regulators, residual solvents, and microbiological contaminants in cannabis, cannabis extracts, and cannabis infused products States as cannabis laboratories: The far-reaching implications of federal non-recognition in the regulation of marijuana contaminants Assessing regulatory compliance at medical cannabis operations in the United States for patient focused certification Challenges cannabis laboratories face in product analysis representative samples Hemp as a nutritional supplement: Ensuring potency, safety, and regulatory compliance in manufacturing cannabis-derived health products Teaching Laboratory Safety in the Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum, exhibitor workshop by Flinn Scientific; 9:30 am-noon; Moscone Center room 250 Afternoon Undergraduate Research Posters; noon-2:00 pm; Moscone Center, Hall D (CHED) Chemical safety and chemical disposal Cannabis: Emerging Challenges in Regulations, Product Analysis & Processing; 1:30-4:05...

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Safety workshops before #ACSSanFran
Feb28

Safety workshops before #ACSSanFran

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Health & Safety is running workshops on the Friday and Saturday before the society’s National Meeting in San Francisco in April  Friday, March 31: Laboratory Waste Management Lab Safety – Beyond the Fundamentals Saturday, April 1: How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer Reactive Chemical Management for Laboratories & Pilot Plants Using ACS Lab Safety Resources in the Classroom Cannabis Chemistry Extraction & Analysis Cost and registration information is here. The division plans to run the same workshops before the ACS national meeting in Washington, D.C., in...

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#Chemsafety scalability, sustainability, and transferability at #ACSSanFran
Aug21

#Chemsafety scalability, sustainability, and transferability at #ACSSanFran

Contributed by Ralph Stuart, secretary of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety and lab safety manager at Cornell University. Campus-wide laboratory safety programs face three management considerations that don’t apply in a specific laboratory: the scalability, sustainability, and transferability of hazard management measures applied to chemicals and chemical processes. Presentations at the Division of Chemical Health and Safety’s technical program at the ACS National Meeting in San Francisco last week had several interesting examples of how these considerations play out in the real world. This year’s winner of the College and University Safety award, sponsored by SafetyStratus, was the University of California, Davis. At Sunday’s award symposium, UC Davis lecturer Brian Enderle discussed the challenges of providing a safe and effective teaching laboratory experience at large scale, for 4,000 introductory chemistry students per quarter using the services of 90 teaching assistants. In this setting, laboratory safety planning involves not only the technical aspects of hazard assessment and management, but also maintaining the flexibility required to address unexpected behaviors that inevitably arise when that many people are involved in a common activity. The next day, two more presentations from UC Davis discussed the individual scale: the experience of a PhD chemistry student, Henry “Hoby” Wedler, who is blind. While much of Wedler’s work is computational and aided by 3-D printouts of the molecules he models, he also works with human assistants to perform laboratory procedures. He has found that non-chemists make the best assistants because they are more explicit in describing what is physically occurring. Fellow chemists tend to elide over the details of what they are doing and observing, as they consider those elements “common sense,” he said. It struck me that this observation also applies to key safety elements in laboratory practices: They are often overlooked because they aren’t considered remarkable by the experienced chemist, but they are not second nature to the beginning researcher. A key point that Wedler made about managing lab safety as he does his chemistry is that he is explicitly conscious not only about his own safety, but also the safety of those around him. “Everyone needs assistance in being safe in the lab, I just need a little more than others,” he added. The Tuesday morning session addressed sustainability, with several presentations about the concept of “Green Labs” – laboratories for which the design scope includes safety and environmental concerns as well as the chemistry at hand. The striking element of this symposium was how far the lab support community had come since a similar forum in San Francisco in 2010, in terms of defining and implementing what how a “Green Lab” works. Speakers discussed...

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#Chemsafety at #ACSSanFran
Aug07

#Chemsafety at #ACSSanFran

The 248th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in San Francisco. Here’s what’s planned for chemical and laboratory safety; the Division of Chemical Health & Safety has its usual CHAS-At-A-Glance ready for printing. You can also find CHAS and the Committee on Chemical Safety in the Expo at booth 425. SUNDAY Division of Chemical Health & Safety executive committee meeting, open to all ACS members, agenda book available here; 8:00-11:30 am, InterContinental, room Union Square DCHAS Awards; 1:30-3:50 pm, InterContinental, room Laurel Hill Relationship between organizational resilience and safety culture It’s been a busy year (in the chemistry department at UC Davis) Keeping freshmen safe: A holistic approach to safety in undergraduate general chemistry Planning accommodations for students with disabilities in chemistry teaching labs Safety Stratus Chemical Hygiene Officer workshop scholarship Ask Dr. Safety: From rules to risk, realistic research safety; 3:55-5:30 pm, InterContinental, room Laurel Hill Shooting educational safety videos through a realistic lens (see speaker Haim Weizman’s portfolio) Establishing and maintaining EHS-PI cooperation in the research environment MONDAY Committee on Chemical Safety combined open meeting and executive session; 8:30-11:30 am, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Continental Ballroom 6 Supporting and facilitating students and workers with disabilities in the research and teaching laboratory; 1:30-4:55 pm, InterContinental, room Cathedral Hill Developing an inclusive environment for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in undergraduate research programs Helping your autistic graduate student to stay safe in your laboratory Creating a safe environment for service animals in teaching laboratories Choosing the right tool: Accommodations for students with low vision in chemistry teaching labs 3D printing as means of making chemistry accessible to blind students Importance of complete accessibility and independence in the laboratory Sci-Mix; 8:00-10:00 pm, Moscone North, Hall D Hazards associated with hydrogenation reactions Enhancing safety in academic research laboratories: Creating a student based safety committee Not all eye protection is born equal: Efficacy of glasses, goggles, and face shields Division of Chemical Health and Safety New developments in chemical management TUESDAY Greening our laboratories: How and why?; 9:00-11:45 am, InterContinental, room Cathedral Hill Green chemistry is safe chemistry Green lab certification: Defining and incentivizing best practices Green labs self-assessment tool: Collaboratively developed, comprehensive and uniform Cornell green labs: Engaging students Managing lab ventilation to balance safety and sustainability Greening a modern multi-discipline research building in New York City Recycling in teaching laboratories, easier than we thought How far we’ve come: A retrospective of laboratory safety over the decades; 1:30-4:55 pm, InterContinental, room Cathedral Hill Lucky to be alive Decades and decades and decades of chemical safety: Where have we been and where are we going? Environmental revolution of the 1970s: A paradigm...

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Twas the night before #acs_sf
Mar21

Twas the night before #acs_sf

I’m spending this evening packing up to head into San Francisco tomorrow for the ACS spring meeting but wanted to take a moment to put up an inaugural blog post and welcome our initial readers! We at C&EN are pretty excited about our new set of blogs, and my co-blogger Jeff and I about The Safety Zone in particular. I actually got a bit of a head start on the meeting and headed into Moscone on Friday to attend a day-long laboratory safety workshop sponsored by the Division of Chemical Health & Safety and led by Jim Kaufman and Jack Breazeale of The Laboratory Safety Institute. They covered everything from eyewear to electricity and I’ll undoubtedly be bringing some of what I learned back to the blog (I already brought some of it home–after Jim’s electrical demonstration, I finally addressed the one poorly childproofed electrical outlet in my sons’ room). In the meantime, though, there’s a meeting to prepare for! For those of you attending, I’ll note that the CHAS sessions are not sequestered way off behind some hotel kitchen this time. Instead, they’re in Moscone West, room 3018, so should be pretty easy to get to if there’s something in the program (pdf) that interests you. I’m also covering the physical and nuclear chemistry divisions, so I can’t attend everything CHAS has to offer, but I’m eyeing the Teaching Safety sessions on pyrophoric and reactive materials–in particular, I’m told that Sunday afternoon will involve a comparative discussion of the pyrophorics handling videos from UCLA and UCSD. My colleague Linda Wang plans to check out the laboratory design talks. But there are also sessions on safety in undergraduate classrooms and biofuel development, plus an “Ask Dr. Safety” discussion on reproductive toxicity hazards. I’ll be blogging from the meeting as time and topics allow, but undoubtedly will be outshined by Carmen’s efforts. For now, however, I must go throw another couple of notebooks into my...

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