Thinking about chemical safety in this manner helps both the instructor and the student focus on the underlying chemical principles of a potential hazard and take appropriate actions to either avoid or minimize the risks from that hazard. This also helps build critical thinking and problem solving skills by applying chemical theories and principles to actual laboratory activities and experiences. As a student's chemical knowledge increases, more complex topics, such as reaction kinetics and thermodynamics, can be incorporated. This is safety education.
As a long-time faculty member myself, I found that at times I couldn't put my finger on exactly what I wanted my students to know and do. I needed
students to be "safe" and not injure themselves or others. But what does
this really mean? I am finding the Guidelines and the RAMP concept have helped me and my colleagues to reassess how we
teach safety principles in all of our courses, including support courses.
In my opinion, the over-arching goals of these CCS publications are to make our laboratory environments safer and to give our students, even those not pursuing a degree in chemistry, the tools with which to be safe while in our labs, in the workplace, and at home.
Thank you for taking time to read this commercial.
CCS Task Force for Safety Education Guidelines (TFSEG)
Chemical/Environment Laboratory Technology and
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I thought I would let the list know that I have collected almost all of the presentations from the Philadelphia technical sessions on the DCHAS web site. Of particular interest of some of the posters I have added over the last few days, including discussions of safety education, safety ethics and safety perception which provide interesting perspectives on the topics we discuss on the list.
I also thought I would mention (since I don't believe anyone has brought this to the attention of the list yet) that at the Philadelphia meeting, the Committee on Chemical Safety released its Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Secondary Schools and Guidelines for Chemical Laboratory Safety in Academic Institutions. These documents outline the safety content that high school and undergraduate students respectively should be aware of at the end of their chemistry educations.
Another newly available resource are Division of Chemical Education=E2=80™s Minimum Safety Guidelines for Chemical Demonstrations which were approved in Philadelphia and are described at
The guidelines themselves should be on the CHED Safety Committee's web site soon.
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society
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