CCS Project Portfolio

The following documents and resources have been created by members of the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) and this portfolio is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of chemical safety information.



CCS Project Portfolio


Publication Year


Integrated Science Safety Instruction [Video Short]

YouTube Video to accompany the Education/Training publication.




Integrated Science Safety Instruction (Education/Training) [PDF]

CCS recommends the use of consistent definitions in the chemistry curriculum and in developing safety materials for instruction and in communicating with fellow instructors and safety professionals.



ACS Comment on the EPA Proposal to Regulate Methylene Chloride [PDF]

A response to EPAs request for public comment on Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPPT-2020-0465 Methylene Chloride; Regulation Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).



Safety in the Chemistry Enterprise [ACS Position Statement]

One of the ACS Science in Public Policy statements.



Nanotechnology Safety Resources [Webpage]

Guidelines for safer handling of low-solubility, ultrafine particles in laboratories.



Regulation of Laboratory Waste [ACS Position Statement]

One of the ACS Sustainability & Environment statements.



Safe Transportation Recommendations for Chemicals Used in Demonstrations or Educational Activities [PDF]

Information regarding regulatory requirements that must be followed when transporting hazardous materials on public roads.



The Student Laboratory Code of Conduct [Webpage]

A template for chemistry teachers and administrators to design safety protocols for student behavior in their chemistry laboratories.



Recommendation for Sharing, Cleaning, and Disinfecting Safety Goggles and Glasses  [PDF]

Recommendations for using laboratory eyewear.



Safety Rubric - Assessing Chemical Demonstration Videos [PDF]

A template for educators to review the safety and pedagogy of chemical demonstration videos on the web to determine whether they should be used in the classroom.



New & Improved Flame Test Demonstration [PDF]

A safer alternative to the Rainbow Demonstration which has resulted in numerous injuries in educational and outreach settings.



Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, Eighth Edition (SACL) [PDF]

An introduction to chemical safety for first- and second-year university students. Covers RAMP, GHS, Basic Toxicology, Housekeeping, etc. Can be used as a study guide for the ACS 2019 Chemical Health and Safety Exam. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Academic Institutions [PDF]

Guidance for instilling a strong safety foundation in students and deepening their knowledge of safety practices. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools [PDF]

Foundational tools and guidelines for science teachers to encourage a strong safety culture in classrooms and labs. The RAMP risk management system is presented. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories [PDF]

Information and risk assessment tools for recognizing hazards and minimizing risk in research laboratories.



Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories [Website]

Companion website to Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories [PDF].



ACS Comment to EPA on Labpack Land Disposal Restriction [PDF]

A response to EPAs request for public comment on requirements for land disposal restriction notices and recordkeeping for all hazardous waste labpacks.



Safety Alert: The Rainbow Demonstration [PDF]

A message from CCS regarding inherent dangers of the Rainbow Demonstration.



Safety Alert: Tornado Experiment [PDF]

A message from CCS regarding inherent dangers of the Tornado Experiment.



Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions [PDF]

Guidance, suggestions, and recommendations to strengthen safety cultures in academic undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Developing Reproductive Protection Programs in Industrial and Academic Settings [PDF]

Guidance on the elements of a Reproductive Protection Program for laboratory workers.



Security Vulnerability Checklist for Academic and Small Chemical Laboratory Facilities [PDF]

Checklist to identify potential security problem areas for smaller chemical facilities, particularly laboratories. (May also be useful for larger chemical facilities.)



Chemical Safety Manual for Small Businesses, Third Edition [PDF]

Safety guidance for managers, administrators, and employees of small businesses. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Less Is Better [PDF]

This publication outlines practical waste minimization concepts.



Safety Audit/Inspection Manual [PDF]

How to prepare for workplace safety audits and inspections.



Letter to NIOSH: Contact Lenses [PDF]

A letter to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) regarding wearing contact lenses in laboratories.



Living with the Laboratory Standard [Print]

An interpretation of OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories standard. It specifically addresses the responsibilities of Chemical Hygiene Officers (CHOs), who are responsible for implementation of the Chemical Hygiene Plan. Hard copies are available for purchase from the ACS Store.



Guide for Chemical Spill Response Planning in Laboratories [Webpage]

Framework for laboratory employees to respond to plan for and respond to chemical spills.






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