Chemical & Laboratory Safety

ACS advocates for the safe practice of chemistry across disciplines, at every age, and in every organization. We engage with like-minded professionals and entities to provide tools to foster a culture of safety in your classroom, campus, or lab.

New Safety Video: Working in the Lab Alone

Learn about safety requirements and scenarios that can happen when working in a lab by yourself.

The Flame Test
The Flame Test is a safer version of the traditional Rainbow Demonstration, an exercise popularly conducted in chemistry classroom

Explore Chemical & Laboratory Safety

Chemists understand that working with chemicals and developing new materials and chemical processes involve some degree of risk. Specific incidents in academic, industrial, and public settings emphasize the need for clear focus on safety throughout the chemistry enterprise.

Safety Leadership & Governance

The Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS)

We promote and advance chemical safety by providing authoritative resources, and promoting a culture that results in all chemical practitioners working safely.

Division of Chemical Health and Safety (DCHAS)

Pursues research into all elements of chemical and laboratory safety, including technical and management aspects. Read our Journal of Chemical Health and Safety.

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Chemical & Laboratory Safety

ACS Publications requires authors of technical papers to identify hazards and risk management strategies associated with the work they describe.

At Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) our reporters and editors track important research advances, business and policy trends, chemical safety practices, career guidance, and more.

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