Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:00:01 -0500
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From: "Dr. Jay A. Young" <chemsafety**At_Symbol_Here**VERIZON.NET>
Subject: Re: Chemistry Dept Lab Safety course

For topics to be included, you might want to take a look at my book "Improving Safety in the Chemical Lab" 2nd edition, Wiley Interscience.  The book was published in 1991 so there are some topics to be added but I modestly think that as of 1991, it was pretty gosh darn complete.
Jay Young
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From: Kim Auletta
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Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 9:14 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemistry Dept Lab Safety course

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
Stony Brook University
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