Research Laboratory Safety in the 21st Century Webinar Recording

Date: Thursday, Mar. 9, 2023 - Thursday, Mar. 9, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Event Type: Webinars, AIHA Webinars

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Between 1996 and 2016, a sequence of well-publicized serious incidents in research laboratories led to significant changes in community expectations for laboratory safety practices. Both the American Chemical Society and industrial research partners of higher education developed and shared best safety practice guidance for the research environment. This webinar will describe these emerging resources and consider how they can be best used in specific settings. The webinar will also consider how other safety issues, such as biosafety, mechanical and radiation safety interact with chemical safety practices and the importance of considering these elements as part of a comprehensive research lab safety program.

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct risk assessments appropriate to the hazards found in a specific research setting
  • Analyze laboratory events using the RAMP paradigm being developed by the American Chemical Society
  • Locate and assess new and emerging lab safety resources available on the Internet
  • Identify opportunities to partner with safety professionals in related fields to address risks related to multi-disciplinary laboratory work


Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO is Environmental Safety Manager at Keene State College, in Keene, NH. He is the former chair of the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety. Before coming to Keene State, Stuart supported research laboratory safety support efforts at the University of Vermont and was the Chemical Hygiene Officer at Cornell University in Ithaca. He received his MS in Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont in 1989.

Harry Elston, Ph.D., CIH, PMP

Harry Elston, Ph.D., CIH, PMP is the Principal and Senior Scientist of Midwest Chemical Safety, LLC, an occupational and environmental health and safety consulting company. He is a career physical chemist and a former US Navy nuclear engineer. He specializes in chemical process safety from bench scale through pilot plant and small processes.