DCHAS members may be interested in the comment in this week's C&EN by the ACS President Dr. Bonnie A. Charpentier found at the address above. It's entitled "Supporting collaborations for chemical safety" and discusses the ACS Safety Education summit held last month. The ongoing support of the ACS presidents has been an important element in the ongoing leadership of the ACS in addressing chemical safety efforts, particularly in the laboratory setting.
Dr. Charpentier notes that:
"A strong, positive safety culture is possible only if researchers internalize and own safety. Safety cannot be effectively imposed from outside. One venue to instill a strong safety ethos is symposia at our meetings. I ask symposia and program organizers to consider embedding relevant information and presentations on safety in your sessions. This could be individual presentations or a few minutes within presentations to discuss relevant safety topics for a particular type of chemistry. Please join ACS leadership in strengthening the safety culture for our profession."
I would note that the CHAS technical program for the San Diego meeting is quite full, with both Divisional programming, Presidential programming and co-sponsored programming with other divisions. I expect this meeting to be a valuable one for everyone to attend if possible.
Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society Committee on Chemical Safety
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