Proposal for Appendix on Safety Considerations to be included in Undergraduate
Independent Study Theses
"A student using research to meet the ACS certification
requirements must prepare a well-written, comprehensive, and well-documented
including safety considerations."
Professional Education in Chemistry" Spring 2008, ACS Committee on Professional
A student using research independent study to meet a requirement for a
degree in chemistry must submit a "well-written, comprehensive, and well-
documented research report" that includes an appendix on safety considerations. This
requirement becomes effective in spring 2011 for students seeking an ACS-certified
BS degree and/or Graduation with Distinction in Chemistry, and in fall 2011 for all
Proposed Content of an Appendix on Safety.
The appendix on safety should
assessments of the chemical, physical, and biological hazards involved in the
research project and the steps taken to mitigate these hazards.
. Assessment includes health, fire, reactivity, and contact
hazards associated with all the chemicals used in the research project. The
steps taken to minimize risks include the use of appropriate personal protective
equipment and use of standard operating procedures provided by the research
director. The recommended format for summarizing chemical hazards and their
mitigations is a table such as that shown below.
Table 1. Summary of chemical hazards and mitigations. Numerical codes used to indicate the
extent of the hazard are: 0 = no known hazard, 1 = slight, 2 = moderate, 3 = severe, and 4 =
extreme. Abbreviations used for personal protective equipment are:
and face shield,
= lab coat,
= lab coat and apron, and
= vented hood. Abbreviations
used for types of gloves are:
= Polyvinyl chloride,
= butyl viton,
For Standard Operating Procedure "yes" indicates that it was provided by