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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Follow-up on ACS national awards and Fellows program RE: [DCHAS-L] Just published
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 07:17:41 -0500
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In an ideal world, yes.  But I can easily imagine a situation in which the EHS Dept or personal therein perceive pressure from the administration or EHS head to write something that is not, um, entirely accurate.   Likewise, we've also heard at least one incident on the list where an EHS gatekeeper was on a power trip.

Moreover, if a Fellowship was denied because of a bad letter from the EHS dept, it immediately fosters an adverserial relationship between that PI's research group and the EHS dept, one that could easily spread to faculty colleagues.

Finally, this also gets us into the mode where PI's might be tempted to not report safety issues so as to keep a clean paper record.

Maybe if there is some kind of checklist for EHS Departments to use….or maybe require the PI's university to fill out form concerning reportable OSHA, civil, and criminal incidents.

You also have to consider that the rock stars of the research world move around a lot.    There will need to be a mechanism to check with the PI's previous employers say, 10 years back.


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On Dec 16, 2015, at 11:11 PM, Jim Kaufman <jim**At_Symbol_Here**LABSAFETYINSTITUTE.ORG> wrote:

Why not require a letter of support from the institution's EHS Department?
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Schmidt, Diane (schmidd)
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 10:36 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Follow-up on ACS national awards anf Fellows program RE: [DCHAS-L] Just published
Dear CHAS colleagues,
Our current national awards nominations process uses the following statement: "To the best of my knowledge, the nominee employs and requires good safety protocols and practices in his/her laboratory." The nominator must select "yes", "no" or "Unknown".
At our meeting this week,  the ACS Board began the process of adding safety to the ACS Fellows criteria, and adding clauses to the ACS national awards and Fellows program that allows ACS to revoke an award or Fellows designation. I expect that these provisions will be put in place shortly.
Best regards,
Diane G. Schmidt
ACS President

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