About the 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."

- Elizabeth M. Howson, CCS Chair

Mission

To promote and advance positive safety cultures by providing authoritative resources.

Vision

A culture that results in all chemical practitioners working safely.

Committee Structure and Governance

The committee structure consists of three standing subcommittees: Safety Communications, Safety Education, and Safety Solutions. The Committee sets policies for all programs and services initiated by the subcommittees. Where appropriate, the committee recommends policies to the ACS Board of Directors and the Council. The committee oversees the Safety Education Guidelines Implementation Taskforce, and the CCS Safety Advisory Panel (CCS-SAP).

History

The Committee on Chemical Safety was created in 1963. The first meeting was held at the 145th ACS National Meeting, Americana Hotel, New York, NY. Following is an excerpt of the minutes prepared by Secretary Arthur H. Christian:

"The Committee met in open session on Monday, September 9, 1963, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. with six of its members present. A total of 23 visitors signed the register. Chairman H.K. Livingston opened the meeting by reviewing the recommendations of the ad hoc committee for establishment of this committee, the programs of the Committee, and progress to date. He emphasized its interest in determining members' views and suggestions for Society activities in the area of chemical safety and accident prevention. As one way of achieving this goal, he noted that liaison had been established with several of the Council Standing Committees. Thereafter, discussion centered on the agenda topics which were published in C&EN, August 5, page 144."

Agenda topics were as follows:

  • How to Make Chemists and Chemical Engineers Safety Conscious
  • Relationship of Laboratory Design, Facilities, etc., in Various Settings
  • Educational Laboratories
  • Government Laboratories
  • Chemical Industry
  • Non-Chemical Industry
  • Home Chemical Activities
  • Need for Local Programs
  • Policing Public Representations of Safety
  • Other Business