From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] CHAS Technical Presentations, future and past
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 08:12:21 -0500
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This is a reminder that the abstracts submission for the August 10-14, 2014 national meeting in San Francisco, CA is now open at

Technical symposia scheduled for the SF meeting, which is always well-attended, are listed below. The starred ones are those that are looking for submissions.

Ask Dr. Safety: From Rules to Risk: Realistic Research Safety
Harry Elston, helston**At_Symbol_Here**
Neal Langerman, neal**At_Symbol_Here**
This symposium provides the attendees the opportunity to ask questions and discuss a broad chemical safety topic. The topic for San Francisco is ?From Rules to Risk: Realistic Research Safety.? Research scientists push back against safety rules imposed by the campus based on their perception that safety unduly interferes with research. This session will explore that perception, examine ways to overcome the resistance, and offer approaches to chemical safety which are readily incorporated into the research workflow.

Division of Chemical Health and Safety Awards
Douglas Walters, waltersdb**At_Symbol_Here**
Please join the Division of Chemical Health and Safety as we recognize outstanding achievements in health and safety.

*** Greening Our Laboratories: How and Why?
Ralph Stuart, rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**
Laboratory spaces use significantly more energy than other types of spaces. In order to maintain the financial and environmental sustainability of laboratory work, many institutions are looking at opportunities for reducing energy use in laboratories while maintaining a safe work environment. This symposium will address this issue from a variety of perspectives.

*** Health and Safety Posters
Joseph Pickel, jpickel57**At_Symbol_Here**

*** How Far We've Come: A Retrospective of Laboratory Safety Over the Decades
Ralph Stuart, rstuart**At_Symbol_Here**
In the bad old days before EPA and OSHA, research laboratories were very different places than they are now. Researchers felt they had to sacrifice their health and well-being on the altar of discovery research. How far we?ve come over the past 50 years or so! This symposium will focus on how good toxicological research, advances in engineering controls and building design, and the creation of regulatory agencies have contributed to a radical shift in how we work with and interact with chemicals in the research laboratory. War stories will be shared and an acknowledgement of those who gave all to science will be included.

*** Supporting and Facilitating Students and Workers with Disabilities in the Research and Teaching Laboratory
Debbie M. Decker, dmdecker**At_Symbol_Here**
More and more, health and safety professionals, technical staff and principal investigators are called upon to think creatively about how to accommodate students and workers with disabilities. The use of service animals is increasing and we will discuss how to keep animals safe in the lab while facilitating the experiential nature of laboratory teaching and research. Creative solutions will be presented and a panel discussion with researchers who have a disability or use a service animal is planned.

*** The Madness of Near Miss Reporting
Kimberly Jeskie, jeskiekb**At_Symbol_Here**
Reporting near misses or minor incidents can be a critical tool for identifying systemic issues that may lead to more serious incidents. This symposium discusses ways to encourage near miss/minor incident reporting and what to do with all that data.

Also, I don't think that I announced to the list that some of the technical papers from the well-attended DCHAS technical session at NERM in New Haven, CT last October are now available at
More of these to come!

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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