A health and safety program that benefits some 3,000 Stanford undergraduate students who participate in laboratory classes has been recognized by the American Chemical Society-Division of Chemical Health and Safety (ACS-DCHAS).
ACS-DCHAS is a 1,700-member division of the American Chemical Society that provides technical resources in chemical health and safety.
The ACS-DCHAS SafetyStratus College and University Health and Safety Award was recently accepted on behalf of Stanford by KEITH HODGSON, professor and chair of chemistry; MARY DOUGHERTY, laboratory safety program manager in Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S); CHARLIE COX, lecturer in chemistry; and LARRY GIBBS, associate vice provost for EH&S.
The Stanford program recognized by ACS enables students to develop and apply hazard awareness, risk assessment and safety skills. The award is based on an evaluation by ACS-DCHAS of 10 safety elements. ACS specifically recognized Stanford for ‰??establishing, promoting and sustaining an outstanding undergraduate chemical safety program.‰??
As part of the Stanford program, lab instructors, graduate students and teaching assistants participate in the beginning of the school year in a full day of safety oriented, hands-on training focusing on lab scenarios and skills students need to learn. Those lessons are then applied in all undergraduate teaching laboratories throughout the year.
According to Gibbs, the ACS-DCHAS award is distinctive in that it recognizes a collaboration between an academic department and an administrative unit. It acknowledges Stanford‰??s leadership in lab safety, as well as the university‰??s commitment to safety through experiential sessions for student mentors and instructors, he said.
Gibbs said he and Hodgson have agreed to apply the ACS $1,000 prize to a new Stanford program that will recognize students and staff for their achievements in lab safety.
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