Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2011 11:38:54 -0400
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Subject: Re: new set of rules kick in
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From: "Margaret Rakas" 
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] new set of rules kick in
Date: October 3, 2011 11:23:43 AM EDT

CSHEMA is a fine group BUT is concerned with a whole lot more than lab safety, i.e., dormitory safety, cross-walk safety, natural (and other) disaster preparations, smash-an-auto-for-frat-recruitment safety, etc.

When I want laboratory safety info, specifically chemical-related, I turn to DCHAS.  (For biosafety, there is another group I belong to; same with radsafety).  Disclaimer:  I used to belong to CSHEMA but with limited funds and my job being focussed on academic safety issues, I dropped my membership.

If the working group to 'develop general guidelines for universities' is concerned primarily with laboratory safety, then I think DCHAS is the right 'host'.

As I have said before, given the burgeoning fields of molecular biology and neuroscience, and the fact that those scientists generally have less chemical background than chemists, I think DCHAS needs to find a way to understand the bread-and-butter safety issues of those fields as well..
My 2 cents worth of my personal opinion....

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