From: DCHAS Membership Chair <membership**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] SDS survey results now available
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:00:21 -0500
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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Last week, I announced the opportunity to complete a survey on SDS use in the workplace. This survey replicated a 1995 survey on this topic that was published in the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety. 139 DCHAS-L subscribers responded to this survey over the last week and you can see the raw data results on the updated web page at

In this post, I also included a link to a related article I ran across this week which evaluated the readability of a variety of workplace safety materials for the construction industry. The rubrics used by the study to assess the readability of these materials for a different audience provide food for thought about what level of education we should write our safety materials for. If we require a undergraduate understanding of chemistry to approach a Job Hazard Analysis or a Safety Data Sheet, are we placing an excessive cognitive load on people whose minds are focused on challenging scientific work?

Thanks to everyone who took the 2 minutes to respond to the SDS survey. If anyone is interesting in leading a project to update this survey for the 2019 world, please let me know.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO

Membership chair
American Chemical Society
Division of Chemical Health and Safety

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