----- Original Message -----From: David C. FinsterSent: Sunday, October 02, 2011 1:47 PMSubject: [DCHAS-L] Call for papers: San Diego ACS meeting, symposium on academic lab safety training
While there have been some recent symposium in the Chemical Health and Safety Division of the ACS that have focused on academic lab safety training for undergraduates, such symposia are less common in the Division of Chemical Education. And, of course, symposia in CHAS largely involved "preaching to the choir". To remedy this, Bob Hill and I have organized a symposium in the CHED division (co-sponsored by CHAS, but physically located with the CHED symposia) titled "Improving Safety Education in Academic Institutions."
Here is the symposium description: "There is continuing and building interest in exploring how best to improve safety education in academic chemistry programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This symposium will describe efforts being made at the national level as well as individual safety programs that offer pathways to better safety education."
I wish that I would have re-written this slightly to also include "recommendations for change". Why? I would love to have the CHED audience hear directly from non-academic folks about what deficiencies are noted by those in the chemical field who hire chemistry majors (with inadequate safety training.) This is a pretty common observation, as I listen to non-academic folks in the safety field. So, here's your chance.
Please consider submitting a paper for inclusion in this symposium if there is "something that you would like to say" to chemical educators about the safety training afforded to most chemistry majors. Suggestions for "how to improve" are welcome.
We all know that this is a long-standing problem and that change will come slowly. And, we hope that this change is prompted by a collection of actions motivated by more than the continuing series of laboratory incidents both in academic and elsewhere. The CCS is continuing to address this issue. Please contribute to this symposium and keep the conversation going. Ideas may emerge that will help us move forward towards better safety education in our colleges and universities.
Here's the link to submit an abstract:
Deadline for abstract submission is (Monday) October 31, 2011.
Feel free to contact me directly if you have questions.
Dave (and Bob)
David C. Finster
Professor of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
Department of Chemistry