JCE 98.01 January 2021 Issue Highlights

Journal of Chemical Education January 2021 Cover

Chemical Safety Education: Methods, Culture, and Green Chemistry

The January 2021 issue of the Journal of Chemical Education is now available online to subscribers. Modern chemistry programs must include the skills and techniques that enable their graduates to perform experiments safely, and, in response to a call for papers, scientists and educators from around the world have contributed articles to a special issue on Chemical Safety Education: Methods, Culture, and Green Chemistry. The articles in the issue are broadly distributed among topics covering resources, green chemistry, safety culture, and pedagogy. This issue is a resource for ideas and discussion to encourage "a new way to look at safety", with a focus on assessing hazards, minimizing risk, and valuing a strong chemical safety culture. 

Introduction to the Chemical Safety Education Special Issue

Scott R. Goode (University of South Carolina), Jane E. Wissinger (University of Minnesota), and Frankie Wood-Black (Northern Oklahoma College) acted as the guest editors for this special issue. In their Editorial, they introduce this collection of 38 peer-reviewed papers on the topic of chemical safety education and situate the content in the categories of resources, green chemistry, safety culture, and pedagogy.


Basic Resources

Background information on basic chemical safety education

RAMP: A Safety Tool for Chemists and Chemistry Students ~ David C. Finster

ACS Safety Resources: How a Community of ACS Volunteers Shapes Safety ~ Kirk P. Hunter, Robert H. Hill, and Marta Gmurczyk

Safety Education in the Context of the ACS Guidelines, “Undergraduate Professional Education in Chemistry: ACS Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs” ~ Richard W. Schwenz

Safety Instruction

Different approaches to instruction, ranging from curricula, to specific courses, to hazard analysis and risk assessment

Comprehensive Undergraduate Safety Instruction ~ David C. Finster and Paul Jackson

Course Outline for Teaching Undergraduates about Toxicology and the Safe Handling of Chemicals ~ Harry E. Pence

Developing Risk Assessment Competencies in Preservice K–12 Teachers ~ Samuella B. Sigmann

Open Digital Educational Resources for Self-Training Chemistry Lab Safety Rules ~ Valérie Camel, Marie-Noëlle Maillard, Nicolas Descharles, Even Le Roux, Mathieu Cladière, and Isabelle Billault (available to non-subscribers) 

Fire Hazards of Flammable Liquids—What Undergraduates Need to Know ~ Robert H. Hill


Assessment of chemical safety knowledge

Writing the 2019 ACS Exam for Chemical Health and Safety ~ David C. Finster and Kristen L. Murphy

Online Safety Quiz for Interactive Revision Reveals Areas for Laboratory Safety Development in Second-Year Undergraduate Chemistry ~ Wendy A. Loughlin and Sarah L. Cresswell (available to non-subscribers)

Chemical Incident Investigations

Authoritative investigations of real-life chemical incidents for teaching chemical safety

Chemical Spillage as a Model for Accident Causation ~ Moray S. Stark, Aimilia M. Tsokou, and Alix Howells

Compressed Gas Safety at the University ~ Eugene Ngai and Courtney Ngai

Additional Chemical Safety Education Topics

Using Virtual Reality to Demonstrate Glove Hygiene in Introductory Chemistry Laboratories ~ Rebecca M. Broyer, Kenny Miller, Shalini Ramachandran, Sheree Fu, Karen Howell, and Steven Cutchin (available to non-subscribers)

Service Dogs and Safety in Academic Laboratories ~ Patricia Ann Redden

Comment on “Service Dogs and Safety in Academic Laboratories” ~ Joey Ramp, Coltan G. Parker, Justin S. Rhodes, and Pat Malik 

Reply to “Comment on ‘Service Dogs and Safety in Academic Laboratories’” ~ Patricia Ann Redden

Green Chemistry

Modeling the strong synergy between the goals of green chemistry and chemical safety

Safe and Sustainable Chemistry Activities: Fostering a Culture of Safety in K–12 and Community Outreach Programs ~ Amy S. Cannon, Amy E. Keirstead, Reuben Hudson, Irvin J. Levy, Jennifer MacKellar, Mollie Enright, Kate R. Anderson, and Elizabeth M. Howson

Integration of Laboratory Safety and Green Chemistry: Implementation in a Sophomore Seminar and an Advanced Organic Laboratory ~ Caroline Sheppard

Approaches to Incorporating Green Chemistry and Safety into Laboratory Culture ~ Natalie J. O’Neil, Star Scott, Rachael Relph, and Ettigounder Ponnusamy (available to non-subscribers as part of ACS AuthorChoice program)

Integrating Green Chemistry into Teaching Laboratories: Aqueous Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-Coupling Reaction Using a Recyclable Fluorous Precatalyst ~ Jayden Wei Jie Ang

Safety Culture

Illustrations of the worldwide trend for academic institutions and industry to recognize the value in moving from compliance-driven safety mandates to those founded in knowledge, awareness, and self-responsibility

Conducting Content Analysis for Chemistry Safety Education Terms and Topics in Chinese Secondary School Curriculum Standards, Textbooks, and Lesson Plans Shows Increased Safety Awareness ~ Kai Chen, Jingming Zhou, Jiayi Lin, Jing Yang, Jiamin Xiang, and Yizhou Ling

Investigating Chemical Safety Awareness and Practices in Nigerian Schools ~ Peter A. Okebukola, Adekunle Oladejo, Franklin Onowugbeda, Fred Awaah, Ibukunolu Ademola, Tokunbo Odekeye, Michael Adewusi, Olasunkanmi Gbeleyi, Deborah Agbanimu, Esther Peter, Aderonke Ebisin, Francis Onyewuchi, and Oluseyi Abike Ajayi

Building Strong Cultures with Chemical Safety Education ~ Robert H. Hill, Jr

Creating a Strong Safety Culture in an Undergraduate Engineering Program ~ Trine Thomsen and Stefan Borre-Gude

Fostering a Chemistry Safety Culture Despite Limited Resources: A Successful Example from Academic Research Laboratories in Argentina ~ Alejandro M. Fracaroli and Daniel A. Caminos


The concepts behind chemical health and safety need to be included as part of the overall education by mainstreaming or embedding them into the overall curriculum

Using a Case Study to Teach Hazard Analysis and Risk Minimization ~ Scott R. Goode

An Engaging and Fun Breakout Activity for Educators and Students about Laboratory Safety ~ Shannon Nephew and Rajesh Sunasee

Reinterpreting Popular Demonstrations for Use in a Laboratory Safety Session That Engages Students in Observation, Prediction, Record Keeping, and Problem Solving ~ Taweetham Limpanuparb, Dulyarat Sathainthammanee, Pooh Pakwilaikiat, Chatchapong Kaewpichit, Warangkana Yimkosol, and Athikhun Suwannakhan

Safe Handling of Gas Generating Experiments Using Disposable Plastic Syringes ~ Enoch Ming Wei Ng, Zhixiong Song, Chin Doong Yau, Oi Wah Liew, and Tuck Wah Ng

Developing and Implementing a Laboratory Safety Course Focusing on Biodiesel and Biolubricants to Train Student Researchers and Promote Safety Culture ~ Sergio Nogales Delgado, José María Encinar Martín, and Silvia Román Suero

The Unsafe Lab Practical ~ Matthew J. Mio and Mark A. Benvenuto

Handling of Air-Sensitive and Moisture-Sensitive Reagents in an Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory: The Importance of the Syringe ~ Erich Scott Von Nehring and Veljko Dragojlovic

Safety Moments in Chemical Safety Education ~ Jeffrey M. Ting

Chemical Hygiene and Safety Badge for an Upper-Level Laboratory Course ~ Andrea Roberts, Alison L. O’Neil, Rachael Barlow, Camille Keeler, William S. Nelligan, and T. David Westmoreland

Learning Experience Reports Improve Academic Research Safety ~ Yangming Kou, Xiayu Peng, Claire E. Dingwell, Spencer A. Reisbick, Ian A. Tonks, and Anna A. Sitek
The Joint Safety Team at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: A Model for Student-Led Safety ~ Adeline Espinasse, Ashish Jayaraman, Spencer A. Reisbick, Celina M. Harris, Yangming Kou, Hongyun Xu, Constance B. Anderson, Taysir K. Bader, and Anna A. Sitek

The Research Storyboard: Ideas for Cultivating Safe, Engaged, and Empowered Undergraduate Research Students ~ Nicholas N. Shaw, Samuella B. Sigmann, and Lyndsay B. Richard

Process Safety in the Pharmaceutical Industry: A Selection of Illustrative Case Studies ~ Anna L. Dunn, Andrew Payne, Peter R. Clark, Christopher McKay, Glynn D. Williams, Katherine Wheelhouse, Kevin Arendt, Frank Dixon, and Susan Shilcrat

Mock Chemical Safety Sort to Engage with Storage and Inventory ~ Susan D. Wiediger

Extracurricular Student Groups: The Final Frontier of Undergraduate Safety ~ David J. Goldfeld and Jeffrey H. Schott

From the Archives: JCE Special Issues

Chemical Safety Education: Methods, Culture, and Green Chemistry is the seventh special issue published by the Journal. Special issues featured in past issues of JCE include:

Advanced Placement Chemistry (September 2014 issue; discussed on ChemEdX)

Chemical Information (March 2016 issue; discussed on ChemEdX)

Polymer Concepts across the Curriculum (November 2017 issue; discussed on ChemEdX)

Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry (December 2019 issue; discussed on ChemEdX)

Chemical Security (July 2020 issue)

Insights Gained While Teaching Chemistry in the Time of COVID-19 (September 2020 issue)

Every Issue of JCE Is Special

Even in these times of disruption, there are always ideas for teaching and learning chemistry available in the Journal of Chemical Education —including the January 2021 issue described above. Articles that are edited and published online ahead of print (ASAP—As Soon As Publishable) are also available. (For more information on how to access the  articles cited above, see Deanna Cullen’s post on Accessing Cited Articles.)

Do you have something to share? Write it up for the Journal! In particular, consider submitting to the special issue of JCE on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect in Chemistry Education Research and Practice (deadline is April 12, 2021).

Erica Jacobsen’s Commentary continues to provide excellent advice about becoming an author. In addition, numerous author resources are available on JCE’s ACS website, including the revised Author Guidelines and Document Templates. The ACS Publishing Center also has resources for preparing and reviewing manuscripts for ACS journals.