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    "The Present and Future of Chemical Safety" with Brad Harbaugh (MSDSonline)

    November 21, 2014
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    The Parthenon
    314 S. Halsted St.
    Chicago, IL 60661

    • $4.5 MILLION in legal fees alone is what the University of California system must pay because of the famous UCLA Chemistry lab t-butyl lithium fire that resulted in one researcher's death, others' professional failure, and enormous direct costs
    • A diner almost died from chemical burns of her mouth and esophagus at a restaurant because staff put lye in the drink machine instead of sugar.
    • West Virginia drinking water was fouled with MCHM and authorities didn't know what to do because of poor documentation - outraging residents and leading to one company's bankruptcy

    Chemical safety and hazard communication has been in the news a lot this year, and the Chicago ACS is going to help keep you safe and out of the disaster-focused headlines. Come join us for an evening with Chicagoland's premier expert in chemical hazard communication, Brad Harbaugh from MSDSonline. He'll regale us with gripping tales of chemical hazards, and then help us chemists meet our special responsibilities to comply with the new hazard communication guidelines. 


    MSDSonlineOSHA’s revision of the HazCom Standard to align with GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, is in full swing. Everyone in the lifecycle of hazardous chemicals has responsibilities they must meet to ensure worker safety and compliance. Important deadlines are on the horizon, meaning now is the time to take action to ensure best practices are in place for communicating hazard information to downstream users and for meeting compliance obligations around chemical classification, safety data sheets, labels and training.

    “ACS CHAS: Where Chemistry and Safety Meet”
    by Dr. Ken Fivizzani  
    (Chair of ACS' Division of Chemical Health and Safety,
    retired from Nalco Company)

    ken_fivizzaniThe American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) provides expertise in laboratory safety, chemical management, and safe chemical work practices to the Society and the general public.  The division organizes technical symposia at ACS National and Regional Meetings and offers workshops in specific areas of chemical safety.  Two CHAS Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field of chemical health and safety; a third award recognizes comprehensive lab safety programs in higher education.  The CHAS Website and Listserv offer on-line information and discussion of relevant topics.  The division publishes the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety six times per year.


    Want free one-on-one resume review and career counseling? Come to our Job Club for help! The Chicago ACS Employment Chair will be ready to work with you and help you prepare for securing your next position.


    • 5:00 - 7:30  Registration
    • 5:00 - 6:30  Job Club with Tony Toussaint
    • 5:30 - 6:00  Pre-Dinner talk, Ken Fivizzani 
    • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner - Family Style Greek Meal
    • 7:30 - 8:30  Main Talk: Brad Harbaugh

    Menu: Greek Family Style Dinner

    ParthenonAppetizers: Saganaki (Kaseri cheese flamed in brandy), Gyros (roasted slices of lamb and beef), Taramosalata (fish roe blended with lemon and olive oil); traditional Greek salad.

    Main course: Vegetarian Spinach-Cheese Pie, Vegetarian Pastitsio (Macaroni baked with broccoli, Bechamel sauce and Kefalotiri), Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice, meats and herbs), Rotisserie-roasted lamb served with rice pilaf and roasted potatoes.

    Desserts: Baklava (flaky layers of Phyllo baked with nuts and honey) and Galaktobouriko (flaky layers of Phyllo with vanilla custard and baked with syrup. Beverages, bread and butter.

    Tickets & Merchandise: Order by noon, Wednesday Nov. 19

    ACS Regular Members: $37
    Guests: $39
    ACS Student, Retired, and Unemployed Members: $20

    Order a CHICAgO elements T-shirt ($15) or tote bag ($10) online and pick it up at the meeting.

    TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: Make a tax-deductible dontation to the Chicago ACS or one of its programs (such as Project SEED, High School Scholarships, or Sponsorship of a teacher's AACT membership) online when you purchase your dinner ticket.

    Dinner reservations are required and may be made online or given to the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email ([email protected]).

    Seating will be available for those who wish to attend the meeting without dinner.

    The Section must pay for all dinner orders. No-shows will be billed.

    Mr. Harbaugh's Biography:

    Brad Harbaugh is editor of the environmental health and safety (EH&S) blog for MSDSonline — a leading provider of sustainable cloud-based compliance solutions that help businesses of all sizes cost-effectively manage a variety of global EH&S regulatory requirements. In addition to researching and reporting on current EH&S issues, Brad is the creator of MSDSonline’s popular GHS Answer Center and GHS Webinar series. He has presented at over 100 national and regional conferences on topics ranging from education to safety, including events for OSC, NSC, ASSE, and VPPPA among others. Brad is a graduate of DePaul University and holds an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

    Dr. Fivizzani's Biography:

    Ken Fivizzani retired from Nalco Company in 2009.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Loyola.  He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been active in CHAS for over two decades, serving as Chair in 2000, 2011, and 2014.  He also served on the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) for ten years and was CCS Chair from 2002 to 2004.  In the Chicago Section, Ken has been Chair in 2007 and 2010.  He is currently a Councilor and a Trustee for the Section.  He is an ACS Fellow.


    $37.00 Regular Member Ticket

    $20.00 Regular Student/Unemployed/Retired Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - natural canvas

    $10.00 Tote bag: CHICAgO elements - blue


    Sponsorship may be directed toward a specific program or general Chicago ACS activities. 

    • Standard Corporate Sponsorship: $500
      • Display of the company logo in the "Sponsors" area on the front page of the Chicago ACS website for one full year 
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      • Display of the company logo and identification as a Premium Sponsor in the event program
      • Letter certifying that the tax-deductible contribution has been made to our 503(c) nonprofit organization.
    • Startups and entrepreneurs: Contact the Chair to negotiate sponsorship


    This donation will go toward our Project SEED program, which employs economically disadvantaged Chicagoland high school students in summer jobs in the chemical industry. Project SEED is a program of the National ACS, but the Chicago ACS does the work at the local level. Aside from a small processing fee (~$1-2), all of your donation goes directly to the salary of Project SEED students.


    Donation by an individual to support activities of the Chicago Section of the American Chemical Society. Please email the chair ([email protected].org) to specify particular activities, if desired.


    This donation will help fund our high school scholarship programs. (Click here for details) If you wish, you may specify in a comment how you would like to distribute your contribution among our scholarship funds:

    • General Scholarships 
    • The Marie Ann Lishka Memorial Scholarship (for the top-scoring female student)
    • The Marshall S. Smoler Award (for the top-scoring student from Chicago Public Schools)
    • The Bernard E. Schaar Award (from the Chicago Chemists' Club, for the top-scoring student from the city of Chicago)

    Contributions without comment will help fund the General Scholarships.


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