DCHAS-L subscribers may remember that a couple of weeks ago, we offered an opportunity for the ACS community to provide its perspectives on the idea of identifying "safety" as a core ACS value. The results of the survey are now available at
My summary of the results is outlined below, but we are very interested in hearing what how other members of the Division see in the results.
Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society
In June and July of 2016, the ACS contractor and the Division of Chemical Health and Safety ran parallel surveys of the ACS community to get a sense of the its priority for safety as a community value. The ACS survey included 109 members from across many Divisions. The DCHAS survey included 158 members of the Division. Most of the questions asked in the survey were identical, with minor differences.
The results of the survey are attached in three sections:
1. Attachment 1 provides a summary and comparison of the responses from the two groups.
2. Attachment 2 is the complete results of the ACS survey. The demographic data included in this survey indicates that there was good participation from across the ACS in this survey.
3. Attachment 3 includes the complete results of the DCHAS survey.
In general, the responses from the two groups agreed, with the primary difference being on whether safety should be included as a criterion for a scientific award. Om this issue, the general ACS audience agreed with this statement slightly less than the DCHAS audience. Interestingly, both groups agreed the primary hurdle to improved safety was lack of oversight of safety; including this criterion in the awards process would be a form of such oversight.
It is important to note that the free form comments included in this report make several important points, both with regard to technical and cultural aspects of the chemical safety issues involved and the survey instrument itself. For this reason, it is important to read these comments to get a full sense of the communityČ??s feelings on safety issues as they are expressed in this survey.
Questions about this survey can be directed to Ralph Stuart, DCHAS secretary or Neal Langerman, DCHAS treasurer.
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