Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 14:59:36 -0600
Reply-To: "Trammell, Gary" <Trammell.Gary**At_Symbol_Here**UIS.EDU>
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From: "Trammell, Gary" <Trammell.Gary**At_Symbol_Here**UIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Safety course material
Comments: To: Keifer.Leonard**At_Symbol_Here**EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV

I agree that a course on safety would be beneficial to all students.  We
wrestled quite a bit with determining the level of the online class and
decided to restrict it to science majors who would be doing advanced
laboratory work in chemistry and preparing for careers in scientific or
related fields. To understand some of the issues of chemical reactivity and
toxicology, some background is needed.  In a future interation, the ACS
might target courses to other groups such as introductory students and high
school teachers.


Dr. Gary Trammell
Chemistry Program HSB 313
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 206-7344 (voice)
(217) 206-6162 (fax)

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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Safety course material

While I think it's wonderful that a course in chemical safety has been
prepared and will be offered on-line I question the prerequisite of
general and organic chemistry. It seems to me that the people taking
their first chemistry courses are the very ones who need the safety
training the most.

How many of us could have avoided a dangerous or potentially dangerous
incident in those first two years of chemistry if we had had a basic
class in chemical safety?

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