Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2010 15:37:16 -0500
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From: "Lampe Hannasch, Kay" <kay.lampehannasch**At_Symbol_Here**PIONEER.COM>
Subject: Re: CHAS Chemistry Dept Safety Culture Survey Results
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Is there a PDF with the "additional comments" provided by the survey respon
ders?  The summarized numeric results are interesting, however a very brief
 review of the comments is far more telling, and would provide CHAS directi
on for the future of academic health and safety.

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Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Chemistry Dept Safety Culture Survey Results

CHAS members may be aware that members of the Division, with the help of th
e ACS Committee on Chemical Safety and Committee on Professional Training, 
conducted a survey of chemistry departments nationwide in April. The purpos
e of the survey was to generate a picture of current chemical safety manage
ment practices in higher education in the United States. The response rate 
from approximately 900 chemistry departments contacted was about 44%. The s
urvey 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 result
s are quite interesting, both for what the responses were, but also for que
stions that are left unanswered.

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

We are also considering follow up steps to the survey, including possibilit
ies such as surveying other stakeholders in academic safety culture (e.g. s
tudents, 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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