Welcome to the Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS)! CCS promotes and facilitates safe practices in chemical activities. We provide advice and counsel to ensure safety by calling attention to potential hazards and stimulating education in safe chemical practices. CCS also serves as a resource to other ACS units on matters related to chemical safety and health.
Here you will find publications, tips, and other information to improve safety in schools, the workplace, and beyond.
News & Announcements
The committee has released its guidance on Developing Reproductive Protection Programs in Industrial and Academic Settings.
Laboratory Waste Management Guidebook
The ACS Task Force on Laboratory Chemical and Waste management has published the second edition of the Laboratory Waste Management Guidebook.
Committee on Chemical Safety Statement on the April 13, 2011, Death of a Yale University Student
ACS accepted the responsibility to develop guidance specific to “the methodology of hazard evaluation in academic research.” Under the guidance of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS), a task force was formed to develop hazard analysis methods for use in academic research laboratories. This task force has made substantial progress in developing these methods. This task force will be submitting a draft of the report concerning these methods in early 2013 for ACS internal editorial review and revision.
Chemical Laboratory Safety and Security: A Guide to Prudent Chemical Management
This publication and accompanying tool kit will assist chemists in developing countries increase the level of lab safety and security through chemicals management and best laboratory practices.
Safety in the Academic Chemistry Laboratory now available in Arabic!
The committee is pleased to offer the Arabic translation of Safety in the Academic Chemistry Laboratory. We extend a special thanks to Akram Amir El-Ali, Department of Chemistry at Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia for translating and adopting SACL into Arabic language.
Chemical Safety Blog!
The Safety Zone blog covers chemical safety issues in academic and industrial research labs and manufacturing. The blog is a place for exchange and discussion of lab and plant safety and accident information.