Making Chemistry Greener and Safer

Organizers: Peter A. Reinhardt, Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA; Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO, Environmental Safety Manager, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, USA

Some innovative green chemistry research can overlook chemical safety considerations in the laboratory. This may occur because of an incomplete picture of the whole system involved in assessing both chemical safety and environmental considerations of research. In recent years there have been significant developments in chemical safety informational tools, as well as hazard assessment methods for the laboratory and pilot plant that can be expanded to address both laboratory safety and green chemistry objectives. Better understanding and utilization of these tools and methods will help advance green chemistry and laboratory safety, in teaching and in research. This symposium will look at the interactions between laboratory safety and green chemistry practices and information tools by presenting case studies and exploring these emerging tools.