On-Demand ACS Essentials of Lab Safety for General Chemistry

A comprehensive 90-minute course for learners embarking on a general chemistry lab sequence.

Pricing: Starting USD 40
Duration: 1–2 hours
Registration Info

About the Instructor(s)

Developed by the American Chemical Society with the help of leading experts in the subjects of laboratory safety and undergraduate chemistry instruction.

Subject Matter Experts

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Susan Wiediger
PhD, Professor, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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Craig Merlic
PhD, Professor, University of California Los Angeles

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Weslene Tallmadge
PhD, Professor, Gannon University

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Dominick Casadonte
PhD, Professor, Texas Tech University


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Imke Schroeder
PhD, Research Project Manager, UC Center for Lab Safety

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Michael Blayney
PhD, Executive Director of Research Safety, Northwestern University

About the Course

A comprehensive 90-minute course for learners embarking on a general chemistry lab sequence. Includes 6 self-paced modules designed to expose students to the concepts of risk assessment, good laboratory practices, and personal responsibility for safety along with foundational concepts in chemical safety before performing experiments in the teaching laboratory. Using the RAMP framework, an acronym for the foundational four principles of lab safety (recognize, assess, minimize, prepare), the course offers an engaging learning experience to prepare learners to work safely as they enter the lab for the first time.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify your role in maintaining a positive safety culture
  • Recognize common laboratory hazards using observation, GHS pictograms, labeling, and safety data sheets
  • Assess and minimize the risks of those hazards using best practices
  • Prepare for and respond to common unplanned events and emergencies

Who Should Attend

This course is ideal for institutions and universities seeking to emphasize agency and personal responsibility with their learners as they begin their chemistry lab sequence. These learners include those majoring in chemistry, food science, pre-med, nursing, chemical engineering, and anyone else interested in being introduced to the basics of laboratory safety from a risk-based perspective.

Course Outline

  • Agenda

    1. Academic Success and Safety
    2. RAMP Framework
    3. Communication Matters
    4. Best Practices to Minimize Risks
    5. Prepare for Emergencies: Spills, Cuts, Burns, and Fires
    6. A Day in the Lab

Dates, Locations, and Prices


Online 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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