Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 08:49:48 -0400
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Subject: Re: Accidents in Chemistry
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>An e-mail from a non-CHAS member that I thought CHAS people might be 
>interested in and/or have useful responses to...
>- Ralph
>	From:	  glasfeld**At_Symbol_Here**
>	Subject:	Accidents in Chemistry
>	Date:	June 18, 2006 2:34:22 PM EDT
>I hope the following suggestion isn't from too far out in left 
>field.  I just read a short article in Nature discussing chemical 
>safety, with a particular mention to the relatively greater hazards 
>associated with academic research (Nature vol. 441, p. 560).  
>Alongside that article were a few dramatic and cautionary tales.  It 
>struck me that there should be some way (and there may already be) 
>to distribute these stories, particularly to undergraduates just 
>getting started.
>As a sometime mountaineer, I'm reminded of a (fortunately) slim 
>publication by the American Alpine Club called "Accidents in North 
>American Mountaineering", which provides a summary of accidents 
>reported to the club in a given calendar year, along with analyses.  
>These make great reading.  They attract a certain morbid 
>fascination, but also carry some important take-home lessons about 
>I would be great if there were a similar resource on chemical 
>safety, especially one that would attract the attention of younger 
>chemists (and their teachers)  - perhaps something like "Accidents 
>in North American Academic Chemistry".  Does something like this 
>exist?  If not, I hope your division would consider some sort of 
>publication that might serve that purpose.
>Thanks in advance for your consideration - again, I hope I'm not too 
>far out on this idea,
>Arthur Glasfeld
>Department of Chemistry
>Reed College
>3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
>Portland, OR 97202

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