Date: Fri, 8 Jan 2010 17:35:29 -0800
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From: Laurence Doemeny <ldoemeny**At_Symbol_Here**COX.NET>
Subject: Re: Eye protection in chemistry labs
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We think many of the comments to the original email contain valid suggestions.  However, no one has provided examples of inappropriate C&EN content.  Some articles do contain questionable or improper personal protective equipment (PPE).  In our opinion, these institutions should have cleared the photos prior to publication.  Assuming that to be the case then apparently the Chemical Hygiene or Safety Officer, given the specific situation, considers the PPE is appropriate.  There are articles featuring laboratories for countries other than the United States and their workplace laws may be different from U.S. laws or practices.  That said, there are specific examples that should alarm the readership.  The following table lists examples from two recent C&EN issues. 





January 4, 2010

CENRAR 88 (1)


ACS Publications


C&EN Recruitment Advertising


C&EN column

December 21, 2009

CENEAR 87 (51)


ACS Publications (nice start on the goggles and gloves but no lab coats)

Clearly, what is alarming are the ACS generated photos that do not conform to good laboratory practice.  Images like these have appeared for many months.  As a start, the two of us will alert Mr. Baum to our concern and see where that leads. 

Laurence Doemeny

Neal Langerman

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