From: Harry Elston <helston**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] ADV: Chemical Safety Workshops in Orlando - ACS National Meeting
Date: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 09:23:24 -0600
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Please pardon the cross-posting:



There is a plethora of continuing education opportunities for safety professionals at the ACS National Meeting in Orlando in March!


Friday March 29:


What went wrong: Blame-free incident investigation of lab-scale incidents.  This is NEW DCHAS offering!  Presented by Harry Elston, Neal Langerman and Mike Koehler.  Many scholarly and practical publications are available addressing incident investigation.  None, however, is devoted strictly to the unique environment of the teaching and research laboratories. The purpose of this workshop is to provide methods for investigating laboratory-scale incidents to elucidate the underlying (root) causes and the direct and contributing causes those incidents.  The workshop participant will learn methods for conducting an investigation and how to structure a report using a blame-free approach. Presentation methods will include lecture and discussion and role-playing incident investigations. The participants will study the incident investigations of several well-documented actual events and then practice investigation skills in presented scenarios.

Laboratory Waste Management.  Presented by Russ Phifer.  CHAS offers the Laboratory Waste Management workshop to assist participants with the various regulatory requirements that apply to laboratories which generate hazardous waste, as well as to provide insight into the options for on-site management and off-site disposal. Includes details on the Hazardous Waste Improvement Rule and how it impacts laboratories. Focus will include discussion on recycling/reclamation techniques, economical handling of wastes and liability issues. There is extensive opportunity for questions both during the workshop with follow-up by phone and email.

Laboratory Safety-Beyond the Fundamentals:  Presented by LSI.  The Laboratory Safety Institute (LSI) will present a new course at the ACS national meetings. The course meets the needs of scientists, science educators, lab workers and their supervisors wanting to learn more about laboratory safety. “Lab Safety – Beyond the Fundamentals” continues where LSI’s introductory course (The Laboratory Safety Workshop) leaves off and explores new areas in lab safety. There is an emphasis on simple and inexpensive steps to create more effective lab safety programs and grow the culture of lab safety. There is extensive opportunity for questions both during the workshop with follow-up by phone and email. This includes a one-hour conference call to help with the implementation of course concepts. Course participants are encouraged to submit in advance five questions/topics they wish to be sure are covered in the course: jim**At_Symbol_Here** Each participant will receive workshop materials (280-Page, three-ring Lab safety course notebook) and other photocopied resources.

And on Saturday, March 30:

How to be a More Effective Chemical Hygiene Officer.   Presented by Russ Phifer and Jim Kaufman.  CHAS offers the How to be a More effective Chemical Hygiene Officerworkshop to provide participants with a detailed analysis of the CHO position and to prepare for the “CHO” Certification exam. Participants receive a clear perspective on safety issues in the laboratory, focusing on what the CHO does and how to do it better. OSHA, EPA & DOT regulations that impact laboratory operations are included in the discussion.  The workshop covers the content areas of the NRCC certification exam, including a sample test in the same format as the real one. Whether you are a new Chemical Hygiene Officer or an “old” one, you will find something to put to real use in this fast-paced presentation. There is extensive opportunity for questions during the workshop and with follow-up by phone and email.


Reactive Chemical Management for Laboratories and Pilot Plants.  Presented by Neal Langerman and Harry Elston.  Chemical reactivity hazards contribute to a significant number of incidents in laboratories and pilot plants. This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skill to screen processes for potential hazards, recognize when reactive hazards are present, and implement appropriate controls to reduce the risk of an incident associated with the hazards. Workshop attendees will review case studies of actual incidents and do screening examples in order to understand the screening and recognition process. Group discussions of control methods will allow participants to share their experiences and to evaluate methods for controlling reactivity risks.

Health and Safety Training for Cannabis Businesses:  Presented by Melissa Wilcox, Jahan Marcu and Julia Bramante.  With the rapid growth of the legal cannabis industry, health and safety training for cannabis operations has become an urgent national priority. Recent studies suggest less than fifty percent of cannabis operators provide any health and safety training for their staff, despite the numerous hazards present at all points in the supply chain.  This comprehensive course presented by the American Chemical Society Chemical Health and Safety Division (CHAS) and the Cannabis Chemistry Subdivision (CANN) is a review of methodologies, safety considerations and best practices related to working at cannabis operations, whether it is a retail, manufacturing, cultivation, laboratory or a vertically integrated combination. Participants will learn how to comply with health and safety standards at each level of the supply chain. Policies, recommendations, and resources will be covered for the following topics:  Conducting a hazard review, health and safety plans, best practices, laboratory safety, emergency preparedness, and handling law enforcement interactions.  There is extensive opportunity for questions both during the workshop and with follow-up by phone and email. Each participant will receive workshop materials and resources.

All workshops require a minimum number of participants to guarantee presentation.  Registration and more information can be found at the DCHAS website:

If you have any questions, contact me or Russ Phifer.   See you on Orlando!



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