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NEW: Hazard Assessment in Research Laboratories

A rich collection of methods and tools for assessing hazards in research laboratories.  

The site is based on the document Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories, a guide created in response to a recommendation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) for ACS to develop guidance on assessing and controlling hazards in research laboratories. CSB met in July of 2015 to review this document and made the following decision:

“ACS’s document, Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories, exceeds the CSB Recommendation No. 2010-05-I-TX-R2. The thoroughness of the publication, accompanied by the additional publication on safety culture, is beyond what the CSB requested in its recommendation. Therefore, the Board voted to change the status of the CSB’s Recommendation No. 2010-5-I-TX-R2 to: “Closed- Exceeds Recommended Action.”


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  • Chemical Storage Resources
    Resources for establishing a storage program.
  • The Safety Zone
    A blog covering chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs and in manufacturing. Lead writers are C&EN associate editor Jyllian Kemsley and senior correspondent Jeff Johnson.  Also, see the safety video library in The Safety Zone.
  • Nanotechnology Safety Practices & Resources
    Low-solubility ultrafine particles are more toxic than larger particles on a mass-for-mass basis. Nanomaterials present new challenges in understanding, predicting, and managing potential health risks. Find safety guidelines and learn about associated risks.
  • C&EN Safety Letters


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