P1009: ACS guidelines for chemical safety education in undergraduate chemistry programs

Author: Bob A. Howell, Central Michigan University, USA


Date: 8/7/14

Time: 9:35 AM9:55 AM

Room: MAK B1110

Related Symposium: S73

The new ACS Guidelines for Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry Programs address the critical importance of chemical safety in a variety of ways. The guidelines require that laboratories meet applicable safety regulations, safety equipment be readily available, and regulations concerning chemical safety resources and practices be followed. In addition, laboratory safety is defined as a student skill to be developed and assessed in the curriculum. A safety-conscious culture should be promoted among students that includes following safety procedures and regulations, identifying hazards, minimizing risk, and knowing how to handle emergencies. A supplement to the guidelines on Safety and Safety Education provides many specific suggestions for a chemical safety education program.

P407: Incorporation of Polymeric Materials to Enhance the Interest and Learning in the First Organic Chemistry Course

Author: Bob A. Howell, Central Michigan University, USA


Date: 8/5/14

Time: 9:55 AM10:15 AM

Room: LMH 176

Related Symposium: S3

The inclusion of polymeric materials in the foundational course is an expectation of the ACS Committee on Professional Training. This can be readily initiated early Ð the most important reactions that alkenes (third or fourth week in most courses) undergo is vinyl polymerization. Polymers are important in most of the items that students (and anyone else) encounter daily from food to clothing to home construction to transportation to personal care products- they (and we) simply could not enjoy the standard of living that they are accustomed to were it not for the presence of polymeric materials. Early discussion of the formation and utilization of polymeric materials facilitates student interest and enthusiasm throughout the course.