DiSCO — Department Safety Coordinators and Officers: Building Safety Culture
Publication date: Available online 12 September 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Victor Duraj, Debbie M. DeckerAt the University of California, Davis, Colleges/Departments, Organized Research Units, and Administrative units are required to appoint a Department Safety Coordinator (DSC). DSCs share information from the campus’ Safety Services/EH&S organization to their departments and facilitate compliance with California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) standards and other regulatory programs. The DSC role, however, is often part-time, assigned at seemingly arbitr...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - September 13, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Pilot study predicting core body temperatures in hot work environments using thermal imagery
ConclusionsStatistical results showed that the ability of the infrared camera to successfully predict core body temperature measurements taken thermometer pill was strong (r = 0.611). More research should be conducted during times with warm outdoor temperatures and with larger sample sizes. (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - September 11, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

In Your Face: Consideration of higher risks for chemical exposure to persons with disabilities in laboratories
This article focuses only on mobility and motor impairments or physical difficulties that could put individuals with disabilities at greater risk of exposures from hazardous chemicals while working in laboratories.Dosage experienced is potentially greater in people who are below the historical standard chemical fume hood testing height of 178 cm (70 inches). Ergonomic concepts and anthropometric adult-measurement data can help OH&S, IH, EH&S professionals to investigate and mitigate physical conditions in laboratories that could increase exposure risks of hazardous fumes, vapors, and airborne particulate ...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - August 16, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Industrial lab safety committees and teams — Case study
Publication date: Available online 31 July 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Kenneth P. FivizzaniIn order to maintain safe working conditions in their laboratories and establish a strong safety culture, many industrial companies have established safety committees and emergency response teams. These groups involve several lab employees, and everyone participates in regular safety meetings at the department level. In this case study, two research facilities in the same organization have nearly identical committees and teams. There is some variation in how the committees are organized; that variation...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 31, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Assessing graduate student perceptions of safety in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis
Publication date: Available online 26 July 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Brittany M. ArmstrongResults from a survey that was distributed to the graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis are presented and discussed. The survey sought to gauge graduate student perception of safety culture in their department and individual labs following the 2012 UC settlement agreement. Most of the respondents indicated that they felt their lab had a positive safety culture. A clear correlation between research discipline and perceived hazard level was identified. Respondents indicated that a...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 27, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Contents
Publication date: July–October 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issues 4–5Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 9, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: July–October 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issues 4–5Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 9, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Upcoming events
Publication date: July–October 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issues 4–5Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 9, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Failure to educate — Failure to train
Publication date: July–October 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issues 4–5Author(s): Harry J. Elston (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - July 9, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Anatomy of an incident: A hydrogen gas leak showcases the need for antifragile safety systems
Publication date: Available online 22 June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Hugo SchmidtAs research environments grow more complex, the number of possible failure points increases beyond what can be predicted. To address this issue, some safety professionals have embraced the concept of antifragility. A recent gas leak incident at the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore illustrates this. In response to the incident, the entire gas system was upgraded, as were the safety procedures. Further, the safety procedures were revised to treat any difficulty as an incident, re...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - June 24, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Cleaning diamond surfaces using boiling acid treatment in a standard laboratory chemical hood
Publication date: Available online 21 June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Kimberly Jean Brown, Elizabeth Chartier, Ellen M. Sweet, David A. Hopper, Lee C. BassettDiamond is the basis for numerous applications in optics, electronics, and quantum science due to its desirable material properties and the existence of optically active spins such as the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center. For some applications, pristine diamond surfaces are required. However, treatments such as irradiation and high-temperature annealing used to create NV centers produce unwanted graphitic and pyrolytic domains of carbon th...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - June 22, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Incorporating chemical safety awareness as a general education requirement — Case study
Publication date: Available online 13 June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Frankie Wood-BlackAn activity was added to the General Chemistry Laboratory to assess environmental awareness associated with the use of everyday consumer products. The activity promoted the reading and understanding of label information for different types of consumer products and helped students review information from a safety data sheet. The activity included the use of a mini-hazard analysis. As this is a case study of its initial implementation, the initial results have indicated that the students are better prepare...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - June 13, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Strategic opportunities in chemical safety education: A report on the 2019 ACS Safety Summit
Publication date: Available online 7 June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Ralph Stuart (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - June 7, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Lessons learned — Vacuum pump fire
Publication date: Available online 29 May 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Elizabeth Czornyj, Imke Schroeder, Nancy L. Wayne, Craig A. Merlic (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 30, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Lessons learned – Mercury thermometer incident
Publication date: Available online 27 May 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Elizabeth Czornyj, Imke Schroeder, Nancy L. Wayne, Craig A. Merlic (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 29, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: May–June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 3Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 24, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Contents
Publication date: May–June 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 3Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 24, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling on effect of fume extraction
Publication date: Available online 11 May 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Kar Yen Sam, Siong Hoong Lee, Zhen Hong BanIn anodizing industries, fume hoods are essential at the workplace since long term exposure to the acid fumes released may lead to adverse health effect. The design of fume hood is always referring to the guidelines in ACGIH’s Industrial Ventilation: A Manual of Recommended Practice, yet there is no definitive validation regarding the guidelines stated in the manual. A numerical simulation using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was conducted to study the effective region o...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 11, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Engaging senior management to improve the safety culture of a chemical development organization thru the SPYDR (Safety as Part of Your Daily Routine) lab visit program
Publication date: Available online 10 May 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Victor Rosso, Jeffery Simon, Matthew Hickey, Christina Risatti, Chris Sfouggatakis, Lydia Breckenridge, Sha Lou, Robert Forest, Jonathan Marshall, Jean TomThe SPYDR lab visit program is a key component in the Chemical and Synthetic Developments campaign on ‘Safety as Part of Your Daily Routine’ (SPYDR) at Bristol-Myers Squibb. This program was initiated in 2013, which has all the senior leaders in Chemical and Synthetic Development organization visiting laboratories to engage in a safety focused discussion with...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 10, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Organic peroxide incident
Publication date: Available online 3 May 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Elizabeth Czornyj, Imke Schroeder, Craig Merlic, Nancy Wayne (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 4, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Use of Lean Six Sigma methods to eliminate fume hood disorder
Publication date: Available online 30 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Hugo G. SchmidtFume hoods are common laboratory equipment used to protect researchers from dangerous fumes. However, they are often improperly used as storage cabinets or otherwise allowed to accumulate contents that impair their effectiveness. To address this problem of fume hood disorder, the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (Cambridge CARES) implemented a Lean Six Sigma project to eliminate fume hood disorder. It was found that fume hood disorder could be grouped together into several ...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 1, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Predicting and preventing heat stress related excessive exposures and injuries: A field-friendly tool for the safety professional
Publication date: Available online 30 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Harry J. Elston, Michael J. SchmoldtAbstractWhile safety professionals are always mindful of heat stress when working in hot environments or while wearing chemical protective clothing, predicting working limits in those environments can be elusive. The authors have developed an Excel tool to help safety professionals stay within the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV) or Action Level for heat stress. The tool is most helpful in daily work planning where heat stres...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 1, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

ACS focus on safety
Publication date: Available online 30 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Harry J. Elston (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - May 1, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Efficacy of existing transient models for spill area forecasting
Publication date: Available online 19 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Raja S., Reddy T.L.P., Tauseef S.M., Tasneem Abbasi, S.A. AbbasiAbstractEfficacy of all the existing transient models for forecasting the area attained by accidentally spilled liquid fuels has been sought to be assessed on the basis of experimental data available in prior art. Of the two models for which required inputs are available in the prior art, the model of Huppert (1982) is able to forecast spill area with much greater precision than the model of Raj and Kalelkar (1974). Both the models give better predictions wh...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - April 19, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Foreword
Publication date: Available online 16 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Peter K. Dorhout (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - April 17, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Upcoming events
Publication date: Available online 9 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - April 10, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

A storage cabinet design for research chemicals for developing nations
Publication date: Available online 2 April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Abdullah Hussein KshashThis work describes a novel, in-house built laboratory chemical storage cabinet that is designed for simultaneous control of storage conditions and security. The design includes cabinet ventilation, temperature and humidity controls, smoke detection and a security access panel to prevent unauthorized access. The build is appropriate for areas where there are no current regulations regarding storage cabinets for chemicals. (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - April 3, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Upcoming events
Publication date: March–April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 2Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: March–April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 2Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Conducting Research Operations
Publication date: March–April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 2Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Contents
Publication date: March–April 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 2Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Looking at the bigger picture: Evaluating responder risk in a tritium spill
Publication date: Available online 8 March 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Harry J. Elston, Daren PerreroWhen evaluating risk, more than just chemical exposure must been considered. This work describes a hazardous materials response involving a radioactive material where material exposure was considered but the exposure was not the primary concern during the response. (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 9, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Chemistry laboratory safety climate survey (CLASS): A tool for measuring students’ perceptions of safety
Publication date: Available online 28 February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Luz S. Marin, Francisca O. Muñoz-Osuna, Karla Lizbeth Arvayo-Mata, Clara Rosalía Álvarez-ChávezCollege environments are often considered low risk level in comparison to industrial settings. However, college chemistry laboratories might present more hazardous conditions than those that are typically found in other academic settings. Accidents in college laboratories have revealed significant gaps in safety. The concept of safety climate was broadened here to include students’ perceptio...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - March 1, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Letter to the Editor
Publication date: Available online 26 February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Kenneth K. Brown (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - February 27, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Letter to the Editor
Publication date: Available online 14 February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Richard Palluzi (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - February 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Elements of experiment safety in the laboratory
This article describes approaches to identify, understand, and assess hazards in experiment laboratories, including safety in experiment operations. Approaches and controls to mitigate some types of hazards are discussed. In addition, some lab safety experiences are described. (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - February 13, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Evaluation of the implementation of occupational health, safety, and environment management systems in higher education laboratories
This study presents an overview of the evaluation of the implementation of the OHSEMS in higher education laboratories. The implementation of the OHSEMS is to prevent occupational accidents in the laboratory. The study design is a semiquantitative descriptive study. The aim of the study is to evaluate the implementation of the OHSEMS in higher education institution laboratories by evaluating the percentages of OHSEMS compliance in higher education laboratories. Five aspects are evaluated: occupational health, safety, and environment (OHSE) policy and commitment, planning, implementation, evaluation, and management review. ...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - February 1, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Impact of a pilot laboratory safety team workshop
Publication date: Available online 15 January 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Kali A. Miller, Kaitlin I. TylerRecurring academic laboratory accidents and a lack of consensus about the best approach to chemical safety culture education has led to the development of laboratory safety team (LST) programs at many research institutions in the United States. LSTs are collaborative groups that seek to improve the safety culture within a department or multiple departments. They usually consist of a partnership between departmental faculty, staff, and students and have the goal of providing concrete oppo...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - January 16, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Promoting safety culture: An overview of collaborative chemical safety information initiatives
Publication date: Available online 14 January 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Carmen I. NitscheSafety culture is a critical component of good science. Various initiatives are underway to support a collaborative culture of safety, including the American Chemistry Council's Safety Performance Initiative, the Pistoia Alliance Chemical Safety Library, the Dow-University Safety Partnerships, and the ExxonMobil Partnerships in Academic Lab Safety (PALS) program. In this paper we will review collaborative community safety resources, consider the continuing challenges and barriers to sharing safety info...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - January 15, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

An immediate onsite chlorine leakage disaster management plan
Publication date: Available online 7 January 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Yehya Elsayed, Abdel-Qader Al-Ameri, Taj El-Sir Ahmed, Mohamed Idreese, Sofian KananChlorine is a highly hazardous substance endangering the environment and human. In the past few years, several accidental incidents of chlorine gas leakage were reported around the world. Away from terror attacks and war crimes, these incidences were mainly due to human negligence, ignorance, and illiteracy. A case of chlorine gas leakage is described in this study along with the onsite emergency handling plan. A simple neutralization me...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - January 8, 2019 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Bringing Safety to Chemistry for Life
Publication date: Available online 21 December 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Ralph Stuart, Joseph M. PickelIn recent years, the chemistry enterprise as a whole has experienced a monumental shift in the way that it understands and approaches safety, both within society and as part of the science of chemistry. The American Chemical Society (ACS) has embraced this change and has committed to modelling it by incorporating “safety” into its core values. In early 2018, a Safety Summit involving stakeholders from across the chemistry enterprise was convened to consider strategies for &ldq...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 22, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Contents
Publication date: January–February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 1Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 22, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Editorial Board
Publication date: January–February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 1Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 22, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Upcoming events
Publication date: January–February 2019Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety, Volume 26, Issue 1Author(s): (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 22, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

A step in the right direction
Publication date: Available online 13 December 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Dawn C. MasonAs you may be aware, the American Chemical Society (ACS) has adopted Safety into its Core Values. What does this mean to you? Are you prepared to lead the way in safety like you do the other aspects of your technical undertakings? It may mean thinking and acting differently as you go about your everyday activities. (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 13, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Recognizing and understanding hazards — The key first step to safety
Publication date: Available online 7 December 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Robert H. HillKeeping safe in the laboratory requires the active use of the four principles of safety — Recognize hazards, Assess risks of hazards, Minimize risks of hazards, and Prepare for emergencies (aka RAMP). Application of all four of these principles is essential to protect oneself and others while working in the laboratory. However, the first step of RAMP, Recognize hazards, must be completed before the next steps can be followed. This paper provides some examples of incidents that illustrate the need fo...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 7, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Transitions
Publication date: Available online 7 December 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Harry J. Elston (Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety)
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 7, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Safe plunge freezing
Publication date: Available online 1 December 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): Robert C. Klein, Brent Lewchik, Simon WhitePlunge freezing is a laboratory technique used to flash freeze biological specimens for imaging by cryo-electron microscopy. Common cryogenic liquids such as liquid nitrogen and helium are ill-suited for this process as they result in ice crystal contamination. Liquefied short-chain alkanes are used instead, with ethane generally considered the premier reagent. While liquid ethane has similar hazards to other cryogenic liquids (e.g., asphyxiation, frostbite), it is also a high...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - December 1, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

Evaluation of emissions and exposures at workplaces using desktop 3-dimensional printers
Publication date: Available online 29 November 2018Source: Journal of Chemical Health and SafetyAuthor(s): A.B. Stefaniak, A.R. Johnson, S. du Preez, D.R. Hammond, J.R. Wells, J.E. Ham, R.F. LeBouf, K.W. Menchaca, S.B. Martin, M.G. Duling, L.N. Bowers, A.K. Knepp, F.C. Su, D.J. de Beer, J.L. du PlessisThere is a paucity of data on additive manufacturing process emissions and personal exposures in real-world workplaces. Hence, we evaluated atmospheres in four workplaces utilizing desktop “3-dimensional” (3-d) printers [fused filament fabrication (FFF) and sheer] for production, prototyping, or research. Airborne...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - November 29, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research

A retrospective analysis of compensable injuries in university research laboratories and the possible prevention of future incidents
This study is a retrospective look at laboratory-associated injuries (called incidents) at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL between 2010-2017. Compensable injuries of scientists were analyzed by type and potential severity (assumed by cost), then further examined by job classification and time of year.Cuts, lacerations and punctures accounted for the largest number of laboratory incidents—thirty-two percent (32%). Chemical exposure(s) accounted for another nineteen-percent (19%). Needle-stick(s), animal bite(s) and exposure to blood and body fluids were another twenty-five percent (25%).Insights from this study ...
Source: Journal of Chemical Health and Safety - November 23, 2018 Category: Chemistry Source Type: research