People interested in knowing how to frame chemical safety education in the context of the chemistry job market may be interested in the column by dr. Diane Grob Schmidt, Chair of the ACS Committee on Corporation Associates
Corporation Associates: Industrial safety and the society
Founded in 1952, the American Chemical Society‰??s Board Committee on Corporation Associatesprovides a formal link between ACS and the chemical and allied industries. Among the committee‰??s goals are to influence ACS programs, products, and services to meet the needs of chemistry-based enterprises while providing a business and corporate voice for the ACS Board of Directors and across the society.
One area in which Corporation Associates is making a significant impact is in chemical safety. By influencing board actions and partnering with society programs, the committee is working to improve safety awareness throughout the chemistry enterprise and foster competitive advantages in industry by creating a culture of safety.
Chemical companies understand that being safe is the right thing to do. It is cost effective and prevents injuries and damage to health and property. In addition, being safe is environmentally responsible. Green chemistry and engineering can play a role in developing inherently safer technologies.
In December 2016, the ACS Board of Directors adopted safety as one of the society‰??s core values, recognizing that safety is the responsibility of everyone involved in the chemistry enterprise.
Industrial chemists have historically been charged with minimizing risks while optimizing benefits throughout the product life cycle. This experience makes industrial chemists valued resources in helping guide the society through the implementation of safety as a core value. Because Corporation Associates member companies employ a substantial number of ACS members, the committee looks to these members to help shape its work on chemical safety.
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