This guide was written for researchers without deference to the stage in their careers—undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, instructors, principal investigators, or departmental chairs for implementation in a scientific research laboratory. Consideration was given to the variable nature of research in the preparation of this guide and in the presentation of the techniques provided. The report presents assessment approaches that are intended to be relatively easy to implement and use. While research laboratories and researchers are the primary audience for this guide, other readers may find it equally useful.
The report provides guidance, suggestions, examples, and recommendations that will help strengthen the safety culture in two- and four-year undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs. It identifies:
Certain skills are expected from new hires as a result of their education in chemistry. In addition to the traditional areas of analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, employers expect a variety of skills related to day-to-day laboratory activity. Safety awareness is among these. Employers expect safety awareness to increase with the level of education of the chemist and chemical engineer. The Safe Practices Subcommittee of the Committee on Chemical Safety has identified the basic skill set necessary for chemists at the Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctoral level of education. These are listed in the Employer’s Safety Awareness Expectations for New Hires. While the employer will need to educate a new hire about site-specific procedures, these basic skills are expected to be part of a recent graduate’s capabilities.
Statement of CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso "Warning Against Use of Methanol During Laboratory" mentions ACS Committee on Chemical Safety.
The Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) promotes and facilitates safe practices in chemical activities. We provide advice and counsel to ensure safety by calling attention to potential hazards and stimulating education in safe chemical practices. CCS also serves as a resource to other ACS units on matters related to chemical safety and health.
Here you will find publications, tips, and other information to improve safety in schools, the workplace, and beyond.
Elizabeth M. Howson, Chair