From: Monona Rossol <actsnyc**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] The university didn't prepare me for this!
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2016 16:04:01 -0500
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We just had an article mentioned on this list that reported on a Capitol Hill briefing on the lack of toxicity training in U.S. Chemistry degree programs.  In order for chemistry students to read an SDS unless they first have a basic understanding of toxicology, e.g., LD50s, acute/chronic, routes of entry, and all of that is crucial to their education. I found an easy source for that article.

 "Green Chemistry Hindered by Lack of Toxicology Training," Chemistry World, Royal Society of Chemistry, Rebecca Trager, 21 January 2016, UK, 

I usually sum up this problem for the art and theater students with a couplet:

Chemists know all about what happens when chemical A is mixed with Chemical B.  
Chemists are clueless about what happens when Chemical A is mixed with me.

I also have a 7 page section by section explanation of the SDS with definitions of all of the common terminology that I leave with art and theater people so they can use it when they go through an SDS.  Training alone is not going to do it.  They need a glossary and guide. 


Monona Rossol, M.S., M.F.A., Industrial Hygienist
President:  Arts, Crafts & Theater Safety, Inc.
Safety Officer: Local USA829, IATSE
181 Thompson St., #23
New York, NY 10012     212-777-0062


-----Original Message-----
From: Steve McLean <steve_mclean**At_Symbol_Here**BYU.EDU>
Sent: Mon, Jan 25, 2016 2:22 pm
Subject: [DCHAS-L] The university didn't prepare me for this!

Over the past 25 years I've heard a lot of anecdotal stories about (chemical industry) supervisors lamenting that their straight-out-of-college new hires have not been taught basic laboratory safety principles.  Similarly, I know a lot of chemists who reported a "rude awakening" when they started their first job and realized they knew a lot about textbook chemistry principles/theory, but knew essentially nothing about how to read and interpret a SDS/MSDS or how to select an appropriate chemical-resistant glove.
If you're aware of any reputable journal article, news story (think C&EN, etc.) that addresses this specific topic, please let me know the reference.  I'm particularly interested in any piece wherein an industry leader (BASF, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Huntsman, etc.) has issued a clarion call (or plea) for higher education to improve their efforts to train future graduates in the basics of laboratory and chemical safety.
Steven J. McLean, ASP, CHMM
Brigham Young University
Laboratory Safety Manager
Risk Management - 241 FB
Office: (801) 422-6879
Cell: (801) 960-5203

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