From: Ralph Stuart <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical safety communication challenges
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 12:10:44 +0000
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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> >Ralph, regarding the word"toxic", I remember a publication I worked on a while ago where I said something was not"acutely toxic" and the tech editor wanted to remove"acutely" to save space. Sometimes the modifier is just as important as the adjective!

This point is made in a discussion of the challenge of understanding the word"toxic" in different contexts on an ACS Industry Matters blog that appeared today as "Toxic Credit Cards" at

And a related discussion of the challenges of science communication can be found in the podcast and its transcript at

I think that in many cases, safety work is about addressing a key to successful science communication from Alan Alda:
"Never underestimate people"s intelligence. Always overestimate their vocabulary."

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts on this.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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