Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:42:40 -0500
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From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Chemistry Dept Lab Safety course
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Hi Mary Ellen - We are pushing our current course (that has been taught 
as a special topics for 3 years now) through the permanent course 
approval process. We utilized the fact that our program has ACS 
acceditation and so we basically used the new Professional Training 
Guidelines for the ACS. Here is the rationale that we presented. -
> The new guidelines from our accrediting agency, The American Chemical 
> Society (ACS), have changed. Laboratory safety skills are now 
> considered to be an integral part of education for future chemists. 
> From the 2008 Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry 
> Committee on Professional Training guidelines, page 14: 7.3 Laboratory 
> Safety Skills: 

>     Approved programs should promote a safety-conscious culture in
>     which students understand the concepts of safe laboratory
>     practices and how to apply them. Programs should train students in
>     the aspects of modern chemical safety appropriate to their
>     educational level and scientific needs. A high degree of safety
>     awareness should begin during the first laboratory course, and
>     both classroom and laboratory discussions must stress safe
>     practices. Students should understand responsible disposal
>     techniques, understand and comply with safety regulations,
>     understand and use material safety data sheets (MSDS), recognize
>     and minimize potential chemical and physical hazards in the
>     laboratory, and know how to handle laboratory emergencies
>     effectively. 

> While all laboratory courses in our program teach safe chemical 
> practices, this course emphasizes the development of A Safety 
> Culture. This includes in-depth coverage of chemical hazards, 
> government regulations (EPA, OSHA, etc.), process hazards, and risk 
> reduction  areas that will better prepare majors for chemical 
> research in industry or academics.

Dont always believe what you think.

Samuella B. Sigmann, NRCC-CHO
Lecturer/Safety Committee Chair
A. R. Smith Department of Chemistry
Appalachian State University
525 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: 828 262 2755
Fax: 828 262 6558
Email: sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here** 

Mary Ellen A Scott wrote:
> I am hoping to get this idea through at our Chemistry department for 
> starters also -- any hints on how you actually pushed the idea through?
> On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 9:14 AM, Kim Auletta 
> > 
> wrote:
>     Our Chemistry Dept. is considering a mandatory 1 credit Master's
>     level Lab Safety Course!!! I know you're all as excited about this
>     as I am! Its especially interesting that this came up the same
>     week that a chemical company rep on this list (who we happen to by
>     A LOT of chemicals from!) said that they will reconsider the
>     safety-ability of their new hires directly from academia.
>     I've been asked to help develop & provide material for the course.
>     They want it to be an on-line course required for all graduate
>     level Chem majors. I'm looking to all of you for input on what
>     should be included! They envision this course to meet the ACS
>     accreditation requirements and go beyond my OSHA CHP training. You
>     can post to the list or email me directly. I'll compile & post the
>     final results to this list. Thanks in advance for your help.
>     1. Is your college/university offering or requiring an academic
>     lab safety course (above & beyond the OSHA & EPA requirements)? If
>     yes, how is it delivered (live vs. on line)? How many credits? Can
>     you share your syllabus?
>     2. What topics do you think should be included?
>     3. Since this is to be an on-line course, do you know of any
>     videos, etc. that could be used to demonstrate techniques (eg - as
>     suggested by the recent tubing removal discussion)?
>     4. Any other advice?
>     Kim Auletta
>     Lab Safety Specialist
>     EH&S
>     Stony Brook University
>     kauletta**At_Symbol_Here** 
>     631-632-3032
>     EH&S Web site:
>     Remember to wash your hands!

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