Publications & Resources

All Audiences

2020
 

Safe Transportation Recommendations for Chemicals Used in Demonstrations or Educational Activities [PDF]
2018
Information regarding regulatory requirements that must be followed when transporting hazardous material.

New & Improved Flame Test Demonstration
2018
A safer alternative to the Rainbow Demonstration.

2009
Checklist to identify potential security problem areas for smaller chemical facilities, particularly laboratories. (May also be useful for larger chemical facilities.)
 
2003
Published in the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, doi:10.1016/S1074-9098(03)00055-8.
 

Elementary School

Safety in the Elementary Science Classroom
How to create a safe experimental environment for students.
2011, updated 2019

High School

2020
 

Safety Rubric - Assessing Chemical Demonstration Videos [PDF]
2019
A template for educators to review the safety and pedagogy of chemical demonstration videos in order to determine whether they should be used in the classroom.

Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools [PDF]
2016
Foundational tools and guidelines for science teachers to encourage a strong safety culture in classrooms and labs. The R.A.M.P. concept is discussed. Hard copies available to purchase.

How to Make Chemistry Classroom Demonstrations and Experiments Safer
Developed by Chemical and Engineering News, 2015
A guide for performing experiments or demonstrations involving open flames, fire, or the use of flammable, reactive, toxic, or corrosive chemicals.

Safety Data Sheets:  Information that Could Save Your Life
Published by ChemMatters, 2015
For students, topics include: the importance of safety in the chemistry classroom, identifying hazards and assessing their risks by using Safety Data Sheets, requirements for combustion, flash points, fire points and autoignition.

Safety Alert: The Rainbow Demonstration
2014
A message from CCS regarding inherent dangers of the Rainbow Demonstration.

Safety Alert: Tornado Experiment
2014
A message from CCS regarding inherent dangers of the Tornado Experiment.

Undergraduate/Graduate

Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Academic Institutions [PDF]
2016
Guidelines for instilling a strong safety foundation in students and deepening their knowledge of safety practices. Hard copies are available to purchase.

Creating Safety Cultures in Academic Institutions [PDF]
2012
Guidance, suggestions, and recommendations to strengthen safety cultures in undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral programs.

Safety in Academic Chemistry Laboratories, Eighth Edition [PDF]
Best practices for first- and second-year university students

Laboratory Researchers/Workers

Safety Guidelines

Nanotechnology Safety Resources
2019
Guidelines for safe handling of low-solubility ultrafine particles in the lab.

Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories [PDF]
2015
Information and tools for mitigating hazards in research labs. Also visit the companion website.

Living with the Laboratory Standard
1998
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. $10/copy (bulk discounts available). To order:

Guide for Chemical Spill Response Planning in Laboratories
1995
Framework for laboratory employees to respond to plan for and respond to chemical spills.

Policy

Labpack Land Disposal Restriction comments to USEPA [PDF]
2014
Response to EPA's request for comment on requirement for land disposal restriction notices and recordkeeping for all hazardous waste labpacks.

Position Statement: Regulation of Laboratory Waste
ACS recommendations concerning environmental regulations placed on academic, commercial, and government laboratories.

Letter to NIOSH: Contact Lenses [PDF]
2001
Letter to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health regarding safety of wearing contact lenses in labs.

Industry & Small Business

Chemical Safety Manual for Small Businesses, Third Edition [PDF]
2007
Guidelines for managers, administrators, and employees of small businesses.

Safety Audit/Inspection Manual [PDF]
2002
How to prepare for worplace safety audits and inspections.

Less Is Better [PDF]
2002
Outlines practical waste minimization concepts.

Safety Resources from ACS's Chemical & Engineering News


Blog: The Safety Zone
Covers chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs and in manufacturing.


C&EN Safety Letters
Readers explore chemical safety issues from their own laboratory experiences.