Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:41:42 -0400
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From: Secretary ACS DCHAS <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: CHAS Chemistry Dept Safety Culture Survey Results

CHAS members may be aware that members of the Division, with the help of 
the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and Committee on Professional 
Training, conducted a survey of chemistry departments nationwide in 
April. The purpose of the survey was to generate a picture of current 
chemical safety management practices in higher education in the United 
States. The response rate from approximately 900 chemistry departments 
contacted was about 44%. The survey was designed by ACS members based on 
their professional judgement of the key factors that impact safety 
cultures in academic departments. We did not include a survey 
professional in this initial effort. While this means that the survey 
may not be strictly scientific, we believe that the results are quite 
interesting, both for what the responses were, but also for questions 
that are left unanswered.

We are beginning the process of analyzing the results, which are 
available at

We are also considering follow up steps to the survey, including 
possibilities such as surveying other stakeholders in academic safety 
culture (e.g. students, or EHS professionals who serve these 
departments) to see how their responses compare to those we've already 
received. We are very interested in feedback from CHAS members about 
patterns they see in the results. 

We'd appreciate it if you could take the time to review the information 
at the site above and provide your thoughts on what they mean. There's a 
short survey available at
where you can share your thoughts on this with us.

Let me know if you have any questions about this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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