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Current Topics in Chemical Safety Information

Cosponsored by the Committee on Chemical Safety, Division of Chemical Education and Division of Chemical Information

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Organizing chemical information to support lab safety. R. Stuart, L. McEwen
Keeping your kids away from poisonous chemicals N. Qin
Updating NFPA 45: Fire protection for laboratories using chemicals L. Montville
Blueprint for successful chemical management at Yale’s West Campus. C.D. Incarvito, K.M. Heard
Chemistry lab safety information resources for academic user. G. Baysinger
Teaching future chemists how to create meaningful risk assessment tools. S.B. Sigmann
Designing a hazard and risk assessment protocol for undergraduate instruction and use. D.C. Finster

Experience with data handling in large chemical databases. N.R. Langerman
Ensuring that lessons learned are not forgotten: Leveraging ELN to transform the safety paradigm. M. Manfredi, R. Durvasula, W. Bullock, B. Cavallaro, C. Mcnab, M. Nolte, D. Vanderwall

Encoding reactive chemical hazards and incompatibilities in an alerting system. J.W. May, R.A. Sayle

Biological and ecological toxicity of engineered nanomaterials. I.L. Gunsolus, T. Qiu, V. Feng, C.L. Haynes
eNanoMapper: A database and ontology framework for nanomaterials design and safety assessment. B. Hardy, E.L. Willighagen, J. Hastings, M. Hegi, N. Jeliazkova, H. Sarimveis
Data, data everywhere, nor any bit processable: Opportunities for amalgamating and opening up chemical data and information relevant to hazard recognition and safety planning. J. Zhang, P. Thiessen, G. Fu, E. Bolton, L. McEwen
It’s all in how you do it: Annotating process conditions in laboratory chemical hazard recognition and risk management. L. McEwen, Y. Li

Automated Chemical Classification – Classyfire Applications To Chemical Health & Safety– Y. Feunang

CASANDRA: a server for delivering real-time, relevant hazard alerting (view from 5000 ft) J May, D Lowe, and R Sayle, NextMove Software

DCHAS Awards Symposium

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DCHAS, Our Early History. L. Doemeny
Laboratory safety in the 21st century. R. Stuart
12,000 thoughts on laboratory safety in 20 minutes or less. R. Toreki
Reducing Risk In University Of Pennsylvania Labs. M. Finucane J. Passante
From the safety beat: The UCLA fatality and beyond. J. Kemsley
Science, safety, and human suffering. N. Sangji (link to Chemistry World article on this presentation)

Lab Safety 25 Years after Promulgation of the OSHA Laboratory Standard

P. A. Reinhardt, Organizer
L. DeBerardinis, Organizer, Presiding
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University laboratory safety in 2015: Was it the lab standard or what? G. Hall
Enhancing safety culture through collaborative development of laboratory specific chemical hygiene plan (LSCHP) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) T. Chandra
What constitutes a laboratory? Princeton laboratory safety programs today and beyond. R. Izzo
From accident analysis to accident prevention at UCLA C.A. Merlic, I. Schroeder
Impact of the OSHA Laboratory Standard on basic laboratory safety education for undergraduates. R.H. Hill
Where are we with lab safety education: Who, what, when, where, and how? K.P. Fivizzani
Should science departments have their own safety departments? An assessment of a centralized approach. K.S. Hylton

Reflections of an OSHA regulator on the Laboratory Standard. F. Malaby
Meandering towards OSHA’s lab standard compliance. M.D. Finucane
Compliance does not mean Safe M.E. Mulcahy
Developing a model for chemical safety literacy in the lab. R. Stuart
Chemical hygiene plans: The vision and the reality. M. Weil, C. Pires, N. Kielbania
DOE Energy Innovation Hub’s effort to influence laboratory safety among its funded researchers  S. Rupkey, D. Hodge
Engaging 600 research groups. S. Tumidajski

DCHAS Executive Committee ACS Fall 2015 Meeting

Sunday, August 16th
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM (Breakfast at 8:00 AM)
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Seaport Ballroom A

Officer and Committee Reports

Chair’s Report – Debbie Decker (see attachment 1)
Treasurer’s Report – Neal Langerman (see attachment 2)
Secretary’s Report – Ralph Stuart (see attachment 3)

Past Chair’s Report – Ken Fivizzani (see attachment 4)
Councilor Report – Bob Hill and Frankie Wood-Black (see see attachment 5)
Programming Committee – Debbie Decker (see attachment 6)

JCHAS Editor’s Report – Harry Elston (see attachment 7)
Government Relations Committee – Ellen Sweet (see attachment 8)
Long Range Planning Committee –Samuella Sigmann (see attachment 9)
Membership Committee – Joe Pickel (see attachment 10)


Other Activities

Cannabis Subdivision Proposal – Russ Phifer (from the floor)
Certificate Program– Neal Langerman (see attachment 11)
Education Kiosk – Neal Langerman (see attachment 12)

Strategic Plan Retreat Report – Debbie Decker (see attachment 13)
San Diego Social Event proposal – Neal Langerman (see attachment 14)

Report from the CHED Safety Committee – Dave Finster (see attachment 15)

Other committee reports from the floor

Download the Boston CHAS Agenda Book (100+ pages, 6 meg PDF)

You can download the CHAS at a Glance schedule for Boston in PDF format here:Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 4.09.18 PM

CHAS at a Glance – Boston Fall2015

At the 2015 ACS Northeast Regional Meeting at Ithaca College, the Division organized a symposium on Green Labs, sponsored by SafetyStratus, Inc. The presentations provided a variety of perspectives on the academic, operational and conceptual aspects of improving laboratory sustainability while maintaining safe laboratory conditions.

Specifically, an overview of the laboratory sustainability concerns was provided by Ralph Stuart, along with some strategies that are being used at leading campuses to address these issues. Gary Bonomo provided examples of ways that he has been able to “green” introductory chemistry teaching laboratories at Syracuse University. Brenda Petrella talked about the energy and safety challenges associated with cold storage of samples in the laboratory and steps Dartmouth College are taking to address these. Jeff Whitford talked about green business strategies at Sigma Aldrich is employing.

Three Cornell presentations then followed describing operational strategies being pursued there to address campus wide energy conservation strategies through energy conservation planning (Mark Howe); control banding of general laboratory ventilation rates in the lab (Ellen Sweet) and the community safety challenges associated with recycling solid wastes from laboratory settings (Spring Buck).

These discussions highlighted the importance of community partnerships within a campus community and with external community infrastructure to improve the financial and environmental sustainability of safe laboratories into the 21st Century.

PDF versions of the presentation materials are available here:

Supporting safe, sustainable laboratories in the 21st century. R. Stuart,

Role of Green Chemistry in General Chemistry Laboratory. G.D. Bonomo,

Lab safety and sustainability meet in the freezer B. Petrella,

Green chemistry in practice at Sigma-Aldrich. J. Whitford,

Laboratory energy conservation on a mechanically diverse campus . M. Howe,

A strategy with lab ventilation management to enhance sustainability E. Sweet,

Challenges with recycling in the laboratory. S. Buck,