From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] My efforts in NC
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:30:30 -0500
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Re; My efforts in NC
I am a former high school chemistry teacher. Upon retirement, I retrained in safety and now I specialize in providing safety seminars for K-12 schools. In the summer, I have a 3 1/2 day science safety seminar that is for training chemical hygiene officers for K-12 schools.
Sunday, I was preparing my presentation for a private school very near Beacon School; I ran across a slide that had the date of the Calais Weber incident along with the formula for methanol on a white board. I talked to a news reporter from Ohio the day after the incident for about an hr. Yes, I have talked about this incident in every seminar I have given since it happened.
Today, I have reached out to the NC Dept of Instruction-Science Section, NCSTA, and other science education leaders to try to set up statewide safety sessions as a result of this reoccurring incident. This would be cost free to teachers and perhaps as many as 6 regional presentations to get more teachers to come. We will see what happens. Additionally, I will be emailing all school superintendents, every LEA contact, every attendee that I have taught in my Summer Science Safety Seminars since 2004 informing them of this latest among many methanol incidents.
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