I don't remember if I received the e-mail or not, but I would say that "those who are not against us are for us." If the objective is to achieve safer, healthier working conditions through training, isn't that what we all want? (We have this debate periodically in our office.) If they promoted it under the CHAS name without consulting with the division, that would be one thing, but it sounds like they didn't do that. We could offer to help them with content/cirriculum development, if we are concerned that the course falls short. - Diane Amell, MNOSHA P.S. I get a fair number of e-mails through this list-serve promoting courses that are not offered or sponsored by ACS. I feel that those would be even less appropriate than ACS courses. >>> "Jim Kapin"
5/15/2006 4:29:00 PM >>> Hi all - I am trying to determine if the general CHAS membership received a recent email announcement regarding the American Chemical Society Short Course on Laboratory Safety and Health. This course is presented by the ACS Office of Continuing Education without any input, participation or involvement from CHAS. Personally, I think it is inappropriate for this office to use the ACS name and resources to directly compete with the work we do (e.g. workshops at regional and national meetings as well as other activities) and also to ignore repeated attempts over the years to discuss the situation. Recently, in answer to a request, I told them I did not think it was appropriate to use the DCHAS email list to promote their materials (but that I would be happy to discuss ways to work together in the future). I just received an email announcement for the lab safety short course (sent to me, not the list) and I am curious if they just went to some internal ACS source of emails to get around my request. For those who are not familiar, the ACS Office of Continuing Education offers a variety of multi-day "Short Courses", one of which is on lab safety. I have no comment on the content of the course itself, I am sure the presenters are very knowledgeable, but as far as I know they are not CHAS members and have never participated in CHAS activities. Please let me know if you received this announcement, as well as any thoughts you might have on the situation in general. I plan to raise this issue with ACS President Anne Nalley and see if we can't get some sort of resolution. Thanks - Jim (2006 CHAS Chair) James Kapin, MPH, CIH Advanced Chemical Safety 858-874-5577 Cell 619-990-5955
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