On-Demand ACS Case Studies for Research Lab Safety

A 90-minute course consisting of an introduction to the RAMP model and 5 engaging case studies of real-world lab incidents, through which you will learn fundamental risk assessment skills that are universally applicable to all research laboratories.

Pricing: Starting USD 40
Duration: 1–2 hours
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About the Instructor(s)

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David S. Lawrence, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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David Finster, Ph.D.
Professor (Retired)
Wittenberg University

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Olivia F. Williams, Ph.D.
Ultrafast Optical Engineer
Edmund Optics

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Michael B. Blayney, Ph.D.
Executive Director of Research Safety
Northwestern University

About the Course

As you develop scientific expertise in the classroom, it is imperative to your success that your knowledge of risk assessment and laboratory safety evolves in tandem. A significant gap we have observed has been that many learners receive only cursory training in laboratory safety and are left to learn advanced safety skills with little direction. This leads to highly inconsistent and varying degrees of laboratory safety understanding among developing researchers. 

ACS Case Studies for Research Lab Safety takes a case study approach to teaching and learning. We provide you with a library of self-paced on-demand case studies covering topics relevant to you as an evolving researcher. Each case study leads you through the exploration of a real-world research laboratory incident and includes Knowledge Checks that emphasize the four steps of risk assessment (recognize hazards, assess risks, minimize risks, prepare for emergencies). These case studies can also support you in sparking important conversations around risk assessment and research safety among your peers, advisors, and mentors.

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify key hazards in research laboratory environments.
  • How to minimize the risks of a variety of identified hazards in the research laboratory.
  • How to respond effectively to a variety of emergencies that may arise in the research laboratory.

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for students entering the research laboratory for the first time, as well as those of you who are taking on more responsibility in your research labs. This includes graduate student researchers, postdoctoral researchers, undergraduate researchers, and early career primary investigators.

Course Outline

  • Course Outline

    • Introduction to RAMP 
    • Pyrophoric Fire 
    • Piranha Solutions 
    • Double Trouble 
    • Chemical Storage Mishap 
    • The Elevating Lachrymator

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This course is most effective when it is adopted at the class- or university-level and deployed via your organization's learning management system.

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Dates, Locations, and Prices


One (1) year of online access for one user.

Early Bird Full Price
Member(Premium Package) $40
Member or Associate(Standard or Basic Package) $50
Non-Member $50

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