The next several messages include the abstracts from the DCHAS presentations to be given at the Boston National Meeting August 22-26. Note that the division workshop schedule is available at https://secure.hostwizard.ws/chemical-safety.com/chas/regform.htm Awards Symposium CHAS 1 Laboratory chemical safety needs in India and Viet Nam Douglas Walters, ECSEI, 6807 Breezewood Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607, waltersdb**At_Symbol_Here**earthlink.net, Michael Labosky, EH&S, Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02139, Louis DiBerardinis, EH&S, MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139, and Lawrence Keith, ECSEI, Monroe, GA 30655 This talk describes experiences from conducting a workshop on the Fundamentals of Laboratory Health and Safety in 2006 at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology in Hyderabad India and a subsequent visit to the Hanoi National University of Science. The legacy of the 1984 Union Carbide Bhopal disaster still looms large in the history of the Indian chemical industry. Like India, Viet Nam is experiencing rapid economic growth that is stimulating their chemical and pharmaceutical industries – and they are mindful of the destructive influences this has wrought in China. To compete in the current era of globalization and to enhance safety for laboratory students and workers and provide environmental protection it was felt that additional training in laboratory safety and environmental chemistry was crucial. Hence, the Environmental & Chemical Safety Educational Institute (www.chemistshelpingchemists.org), a non-profit organization to provide training in laboratory chemical safety and environmental chemistry, was established. CHAS 2 Overview of ANSI Z9.2-2006: Design and operation of LEV systems Jeff Burton, IVE, Inc, 2974 South Oakwood Drive, Bountiful, UT 84010, jeff**At_Symbol_Here**eburton.com The venerable standard, ANSI Z9.2 - Fundamentals Governing the Design and Operation of LEV [Local Exhaust Ventilation] Systems, was revised and reissued in 2006. The standard was written in a two-column format with "shalls" in the left column and "why and how" in the right column. The new standard covers design and operating criteria related to plant layout, makeup air systems, hoods, ductwork, air cleaners, fans, stacks, and other issues related to maintenance, testing, balancing, and so forth. The standard is auditable and includes an audit checklist. The standard also provides an appendix with additional useful information. CHAS 3 Take a chemist to lunch Salvatore DiNardi, University of Massachusetts, Shutesbury, MA 01072, sdinardi**At_Symbol_Here**schoolph.umass.edu Chemical health and safety (CHAS) professionals often wring their hands and complain about an inability to communicate with occupational hygiene laboratories. Occupational hygienists apply the age-old paradigm: anticipate, recognize evaluate and control health hazards in the workplace. Chemical health and safety professionals should always anticipate that there will be communication gaps. Recognize the differences between the requirements of the laboratory to meet limits of quantification, and CHAS professionals' need to quantify exposures at some fraction of an occupational exposure limit. CHAS professionals must learn to evaluate the ability of a laboratory to meet her or his specific needs. A simple mathematical modeling exercise can resolve this question. The ultimate control solution is simple; take a chemist to lunch! CHAS 4 Community colleges and their potential to provide leadership in grades K- 12 chemical health and safety John R. Agar Jr., Dean of Mathematics, Science, & Engineering, Delaware County Community College, 901 South Media Line Road, Media, PA 19063- 1094, jagar**At_Symbol_Here**dccc.edu Pre-college schools rarely have the expertise or resources to properly manage their science laboratory chemicals. In fact, most are under the false assumption that as academic institutions they are exempt from governmental rules and regulations. This often results in the unintentional illegal or unsafe use, storage, and/or disposal of their chemicals. As pathways from the primary and secondary school systems to higher education, community colleges are in a unique position to assist the schools of their service areas in identifying their needs and seeking solutions. This assistance can include the writing of a Chemical Hygiene Plan, planning for a safe laboratory environment for students, teachers, & staff, safely storing chemicals & chemical waste, and making recommendations for the legal disposal of chemical waste & unwanted or unsafe chemicals. Delaware County Community College, in cooperation with the Delaware County (Pennsylvania) Intermediate Unit, has recently begun such a project. CHAS 5 Recollections on 25 years in chemical safety: The good, the bad, and the indifferent Eileen B. Segal, Segal Consults, 2701 Liberty St., Easton, PA 18045, Fax: (610) 258-9977, ebsegal**At_Symbol_Here**aol.com In my experience, the main frustration I've encountered in dealing with chemical safety over the years has been the difficulty in changing long-held, unproven concepts and procedures in the treatment of chemical exposures. For example, it took years to convince people that the use of contact lenses in the workplace was not a hazard. It took years thereafter for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to officially change its ban on contact lens usage. The “good' is that many organizations now recognize that scientific facts are necessary in the treatment and handling of chemicals, notably with the establishment of the National First Aid Scientific Advisory Board. I have encountered the good, the bad, and, too many times, the indifferent. Examples will be given CHAS 6 Who me? Just how does one end up here? Frankie K. Wood-Black, ConocoPhillips, 2277 Kirkwood #303, Houston, TX 77077, fwblack**At_Symbol_Here**cableone.net Have you ever wondered just how you got to that specific point in life? Particularly, when you end up someplace you never really thought you would or even knew about until you were there? This is the case with many chemical health and safety professionals. Most of those in this profession have reached this point through less than conventional means. Just how do you get here? What types of events shape us? And, what types of things to we have to look forward to? This is a humorous look at the adventures of one researcher that has ended up in the field.
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