Safety Far From Eclipsed at ACS Meeting Thanks to Princeton Team

Aug. 28, 2017

Three Princeton EHS staffers played prominent roles at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition, held Aug. 20-24 in Washington D.C.

Director Robin Izzo, Associate Director Stephen Elwood and Chemical Safety Program Manager Kyle Angelo led symposia and informational sessions on a variety of laboratory and chemical safety and communications themes at the conference, which featured nearly 9400 total presentations on a wide range of science topics. 

Izzo presented at and participated in ACS business meetings as a member of the executive board of the Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS), the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) and the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety.

Princeton EHS Program Participation

The following events saw organization or participation from Princeton EHS.

  • Izzo organized a symposium on soft skills in training and interactions, which included a talk by Angjelo on the basics of leveraging soft skills for lab safety and Izzo's paper on preparing for interactions with lab staff.
  • Elwood and Izzo participated in a symposium on “chemophilia,” highlighting challenges of risk communication for those without a chemistry background.
  • For a symposium on developing safety culture across the chemical enterprise, Elwood presented a paper on partnering with faculty and staff toward improving safety culture.
  • Angjelo gave a presentation on the distinct challenges for health and safety professionals at multidisciplinary research institutes at a symposium on emergency trends in research operations.
  • With a focus group of faculty, graduate students, and EHS professionals, Izzo participated in a workshop answering the question, “What habits do you wish all laboratory workers practiced?"

Lab Worker Habits

Answers to the question “What habits do you wish all laboratory workers practiced?" were posted on the glass at an ACS workshop. 

Eclipsing the Regular Schedule

Conference organizers normally keep a tight rein on scheduling, but were undermined this year by interest in the solar eclipse on Monday (it didn’t help that eclipse glasses were distributed at the show). Bowing to cosmic forces, the day’s events were shifted to allow all attendees to view the historic event.

In the end, the disruption seemed appropriate, as the nation was reminded of the importance of scientific inquiry and the beauty of natural forces. What better way to highlight the mission of the ACS as the world’s largest scientific society?