The American Chemical Society and the chemistry community owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the Task Force members who volunteered considerable time and energy to produce the original publication Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories (PDF), the source material for this website.
The original publication was commissioned by the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and produced in close coordination with the Division of Chemical Health and Safety in response to the Chemical Safety Board recommendations to: “Develop good practice guidance that identifies and describes methodologies to assess and control hazards that can be used successfully in a research laboratory."
The Task Force worked to achieve the following goals:
- To provide techniques to ensure hazard information is gathered and analyzed;
- To aid researchers in recognizing the value of input from others with varying experiences;
- To provide techniques that can be used for a variety of different types of activities (routine protocols, modifications to current research, or entirely new activities); and
- To consider the variable nature of research tasks by providing tools that help researchers recognize and respond to change—both large and small.