Thanks for raising safety to a core value of ACS. I also agree with another recent CHAS correspondent on this topic who recommended a more comprehensive approach: Health, Safety, and Environment as core values.
Please consider including process safety as well. We not only want to make new chemical products and processes green; we also want to make them inherently safer. The easiest time to create an inherently safer product or process is in the R&D phase, which is usually pioneered by chemists.
ABET has recently added education in process safety as a new requirement for accreditation of chemical engineering bachelor’s degrees.
I would be happy to provide more information if it would be helpful. My qualifications include being an AIChE Fellow and chairing the 2013 AIChE Global Congress on Process Safety, as well as being a 50 year member of ACS. For the past two years, I have been enjoying an active retirement of consulting, editing, and writing.
Keep up the great work for ACS and chemistry.
Victor H. Edwards, PhD, PE
Victor H. Edwards Technical Analysis
Dear CHAS colleagues,
This past weekend, I raised the proposal of making Safety a core ACS value with the ACS Board. Doing this is under consideration.
Diane G. Schmidt
Past CHAS Chair
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It would be nice if safety were one of the “core values” of the ACS.
Scott Goode, Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of South Carolina
631 Sumter Street
Columbia SC 29208
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.
Diane G. Schmidt
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I his AAAS Fellowship should absolutely be revoked. But, I continue to question, what was she trained in, to what standards and what were our responsibilities to see that she was adequately protected? Dr. Harran was receiving the award based upon “The association bestows this honorary title on members “whose efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished,” according to the AAAS website. Nominated by people in their own disciplines, 347 fellows were chosen this year.” Upholding safety principals is not mentioned, I hypothesize that the very fact he was nominated by peers from his profession, is an indicator of how far we still have yet to travel with our responsibilities to ensure they are fully informed and accountable. We’ve come a long way, but serious laboratory accidents continue to occur. Maybe a correct analogy is to consider we may be 20’ up on a 40’ ladder and still have a long way to go. Are our efforts being successful? If not, why not? Finally, how can we expedite the process to achieve higher impact/results? I have asked a lot of questions, that we will probably never obtain specific answers to. But shouldn’t we be asking these questions?
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