These was an interesting editorial in ACS Central Science published just before Thanksgiving about the role of safety culture in the chemistry community. Of specific interest is the paragraph highlighted below stating that "ACS publications will require experimental details to address and emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work."
Ingredients for a Positive Safety Culture
Carolyn R. Bertozzi (Editor-in-Chief)
Department of Chemistry, Stanford University
ACS also hopes to contribute to safety awareness beyond our campus walls through its publishing activities. Starting at the beginning of 2017, all ACS publications will require experimental details to address and emphasize any unexpected, new, and/or significant hazards or risks associated with the reported work. There are two different important aims in asking for this additional information. First, as the primary source of chemical information, it is crucial that we use the literature to educate researchers about the risks inherent in the experiments we publish. Second, we hope that making this information required and widely available will change how this and future generations of scientists think about safety as integral to their role in the chemical enterprise. It is a professional requirement and a chemist‰??s responsibility in this world. Just as experimental details are turned into lab notebook entries for future findings, the community will then implement these bett!
er habits in their own papers and continue to catalyze the responsibility for safety throughout our industry. Finally, we do not want the most crucial of these safety notes to be sequestered only in the experimental sections. Particularly when unanticipated hazards or risks become apparent in the process of scientific inquiry, either in data acquisition or analysis, we want authors to highlight that information in results and discussion sections, perhaps even in the abstract.
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