Monthly Challenges

Participate in each monthly challenge to learn new skills and expand your knowledge. Explore the current challenge below, share your accomplishments on social media with the monthly hashtag, and check back soon for next month's challenge.

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#ChemTour: Chemical Health & Safety

Get a little closer to chemistry each month with the 2022 #ChemTour. June is National Safety Month, so let’s take a closer look at how chemistry and safety go hand in hand!

From the chemistry of toxins to getting anything done in the lab, safety matters. It can be as simple as making sure your goggles fit well or as complex as overhauling a dangerous experiment. It can even be a career!

But you should definitely do everything you can to make safe practices part of your process, not an afterthought. That way, you can ensure you’re still making great chemistry for years to come!

Get to know the science of safety

Chemical & lab info

You can’t always eliminate hazards, but you can minimize risks with the right resources. Here are a few to get you started:

  • Elements of safety
    Check out these videos for tips on dressing for the lab, being ready for emergencies, and more
  • Lessons learned
    Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from other people’s errors with this collection of “oops” databases. They are all great, but be sure to check out Not Voodoo, with its practical lab advice and rookie mistakes section (in case you thought you were the only one who ever sneezed while weighing your final product).
  • Chemistry safety information
    Download Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), safety cards, and other information for all the chemicals you use in lab

ACS communities

With safety being one of the ACS core values, there are lots of opportunities for students to take an active role in health and safety. Here are a few:

 

Careers

Want to build in career in health and safety? Check out these career articles and profiles:

Journals

Want to catch up on the latest health and safety info research? These journals are go-to sources:

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Mocktail Recipes
Join us in making a chemistry-themed mocktail of the week!

Journal Club
Find all the information you need to start a journal club.

Monthly Challenges
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