From: Carmen Nitsche <carmen.nitsche**At_Symbol_Here**PISTOIAALLIANCE.ORG>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] New Article
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:39:36 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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to your point about embarrassment - we need to be supportive of all those folks who get up and share these important incidents to help us stay safe. That is why we should give tremendous credit to both Barry Sharpless and Ian Tonks - both of whom shared in great detail their experiences of frightening lab accidents on the recent C&EN SteroChemistry podcast ( )

What especially came out of Ian's story, which he classified as frustrating, but I would almost classify as unethical, was that once he published the information in a C&ENews safety letter he received several notes from folks who said, "...of yeah, that has happened to me too" - Where were they when it might have made a difference!!!

I will be discussing safety and ethics at the CHAS session San Diego - and that is precisely the topic I want to dwell on - not alerting your friends, coworkers and colleagues. and neighbors should be considered unethical, and far outweigh any personal discomfort and fear.. Of course that response is not surprising - how often do we finger point at the last poor soul who suffers the brunt of the accident when in many, many cases you will actually find several points of failure, including systemic issues that no one individual can fix, or might even fully recognize.

Building a strong safety culture is hard. I value all the support we have received from this community with the CSL - because identifying the issue, and talking about it, is how we will start to move the needle on better safety culture..

Hope to see many of you in San Diego! --Carmen


Carmen Nitsche

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On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 4:00 PM <lhlatimer**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
Thanks, Carmen. A very worthwhile project that I hope is getting traction despite the embarrassment many feel at doing a reaction poorly and then owning up to it, even if you found something interesting or useful in analyzing why.

Thanks again!


-----Original Message-----
From: Carmen Nitsche
Sent: Aug 12, 2019 12:45 PM
To: lhlatimer**At_Symbol_Here**, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
Cc: Pistoia , Mark Manfredi , CSL Admins
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] New Article

Lee-- thank you so much for alerting us to this article. I am pleased to note that my colleagues have just today put three entries into the Pistoia Alliance Chemical Safety Library database coming from this paper.

The CSL database collects reactions gone wrong in a reusable format (database includes GHS codes, InChI, CAS#, Description of incident, etc). The CSL is available as a CSV file to anyone who requests it (send email requests for the CSL .csv file to csladmin**At_Symbol_Here** We also post all the entries to PubChem on a regular basis (appear in section Section of the compound summaries)

I should also note that we continue to solicit new entries to the database, for any reactions gone wrong, or near miss reaction events from which we can all learn. If you have an incident you would like included, please fill out this simple GoogleForm and we will be in touch if we have any questions. (your name and institution will not appear in the public database).

Thanks again, --Carmen

Carmen Nitsche

Business Development Consultant

Mobile: 1 (510) 589 3355

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On Sat, Aug 10, 2019 at 4:27 PM <lhlatimer**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

For those working with synthetic chemists in research and in process/scale-up, an article out today in ASAP Alerts for Organic Process Research and Development (an ACS journal) should be of critical interest to them, regardless of their sense of glory or career situation. I've copied the reference and abstract below. The subject is explosion potential of sodium hydride use in polar parotid solvents (i.e. DMSO, DMF and DMA).

This, by the way, is a journal that has safety quite frequently as a topic.



Qiang Yang, David E.. Ejeh, et al.


The hazards associated with the thermal decomposition of chemically incompatible sodium hydride solvent matrices are known, with reports from the 1960s detailing the inherent instability of NaH/dimethyl sulfoxide, NaH/N,N-dimethylformamide, and NaH/N,N-dimethylacetamide mixtures. However, these hazards remain underappreciated and undercommunicated, likely as a consequence of the widespread use of these NaH/solvent matrices in synthetic chemistry. We report herein detailed investigations into the thermal stability of these mixtures and studies of the formation of gaseous products from their thermal decomposition. We expect this contribution to promote awareness of these hazards within the wider scientific community, encourage scientists to identify and pursue safer alternatives, and most importantly, help to prevent incidents associated with these reactive mixtures.

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