I've put together a web page that provides an index of the CHAS Journal Club discussions from the 2020-21 academic year. It can be found at
An average of between 15 and 20 people gathered to review and discuss academic papers relevant to lab safety in academia. During the fall, we followed the traditional model of a presenter who led the discussion after the group was encouraged to read the paper. In the spring, we began a two-step process: first a table read where the group silently and collaboratively commented on an abbreviated version of the paper in a shared google document one week and then had an oral discussion the second week. The second approach enabled much more engagement by the group as a whole.
The fall papers were focused primarily on the idea of safety culture. The spring papers we discussed were primarily focused on graduate student led Lab Safety Teams. You can see the individual titles at the address above.
We will pick up the Journal Club again in the fall of 2021. We are interested in looking at papers about the "psychology of safety" with 2 things in mind:
(1) papers with well-done empirical studies, and
(2) studies that investigate an issue that is present in academia.
It is likely that papers that are investigating the psychology of safety have focused primarily on industry (construction, airplanes, etc), so it will be important to identify the specific phenomenon they are investigating and be prepared to discuss how it might apply to academia. If anyone has any suggestions about papers on this topic, please let me know.
Thanks to Jessica Martin for organizing the journal club this year and everyone who had the opportunity to participate. It was a great learning experience for us all.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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