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Safety Resources for Students

Are you a student looking to dive into chemical practise or expand your lab knowledge? This is a great place to get started. The following resources will help you brush your basics while guiding you to get comfortable and SAFE in a lab!

This self-guided, online course offers education on chemical safety concepts for undergraduates who have completed two semesters of general chemistry and one semester of organic chemistry, including labs. Students will learn to:

  • Describe the components and tools of a strong safety culture
  • Apply the principles of RAMP to laboratory operations
  • Identify methods to minimize hazards and risks in the laboratory, and
  • Outline processes needed to plan for emergencies.

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International Language Resources for Students

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Resources for Academic Researchers

Identifying and Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories

This guide was developed by the Hazard Identification and Evaluation Task Force of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) and provides techniques to ensure hazard information is gathered and analyzed:

  • To aid researchers in recognizing the value of input from others with varying experiences;
  • To provide techniques that can be used for a variety of different types of activities (routine protocols, modifications to current research, or entirely new activities); and
  • To consider the variable nature of research tasks by providing tools that help researchers recognize and respond to change—both large and small.

This guide is applicable for researchers of all levels—undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, instructors, principal investigators (PIs), technicians, or department chairs—who have varied approaches to learning and experimental design and who may require different kinds of assessment tools.

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