Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Grassroots lab safety examples?
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:26:48 -0700
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For me, the movement many years ago to micro-scale chemistry
was a significant example. This is paralleled today by the
movement to flow chemistry for high-risk reactions.

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the first of which is to be flexible at all times.
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-----Original Message-----
From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
[mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Stuart, Ralph
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:50 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Grassroots lab safety examples?

In a conversation with a colleague today, I was thinking of
examples of lab situations in which lab workers "naturally"
(i.e. without prompting from EHS offices) developed
alternatives to the use of risky chemicals. Examples I came
up with included the decrease of the routine use of benzene
and Chromerge to wash glassware; and the development of
nitric acid based microwave systems to replace boiling
perchloric acid baths.

I wonder if there are other examples of such natural
transitions that others on DCHAS-L can identify?

Thanks for any help with this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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