Get Involved! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-2019 JST Committee

The Chemistry Joint Safety Team is now accepting applications for committee positions for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Terms are one year long starting in August and open positions are described below (see our bylaws for more information). To apply you must be a graduate student or postdoc in the University of Illinois Chemistry Department.

If interested, please fill out this application.


Vice Chair:

  • Maintain the JST Webpage
  • Attend meetings with safety personnel when appropriate
  • Fill in for Chair at meetings when needed

Secretary:

  • Take minutes of all meetings, including Officer’s meetings, JST committee meetings, and monthly Lab Safety Officer meetings
  • Maintain the ongoing list of Lab Safety Officers and their contact information

Treasurer:

  • Track JST budget and spending
  • Coordinate reimbursements for JST purchases and liaise with the School of Chemical Sciences Business Office
  • Coordinate purchase of food and supplies for JST events and operations

Working Group Coordinator:

  • Facilitate projects undertaken by the working groups within the JST
  • Populate working groups by sending emails to the Department to solicit volunteers
  • Report progress and results from working groups to the Officers

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who turned out for our second annual safety week! Thank you in particular to Stephanie Hess, Brian Meschewski, Irv Potts, and Kali Serrano for giving great seminars, Jeremy Leevey of Urbana Fire for letting us put out some fires, and finally our Fisher and Kimberly Clark vendors for providing some goodies!

Safety BBQ Today!

Today is the last day of Safety Week 2018! There will be a live review of fire extinguisher use with the Urbana Fire Department starting at 4:30—come and put out a fire! Then grab some grilled goodies from DCGSAC at 5:00 to celebrate the absence of undergraduates and the coming summer months!

Safety Week: Thursday

Come learn about how we can all improve laboratory safety in an academic setting today from 1:00-2:00 pm in RAL 116. UIUC’s own Kali Serrano will be presenting an abbreviated seminar from ACS NOLA! Tomorrow is the final day of Safety Week 2018, culminating with the Safety BBQ and Fire Extinguisher training:


Friday, May 18th: 4:30-6:00, between RAL and CLSL-B: Safety BBQ and Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Review proper fire extinguisher technique with the Urbana Fire Department starting at 4:30, and grilled goodies from DCGSAC starting at 5:00

Safety Week: Wednesday

Safety week continues today with a seminar from Dr. Irv Potts, Dow EH&S leader in R&D from 4:00-5:00 pm in RAL 116. Come hear about safety program collaborations that Dow has formed with universities as well as what a prominent industrial safety culture looks like. See below for the remaining events of Safety Week 2018:


Thursday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm in RAL 116: Graduate Student Leadership in Laboratory Safety

  • An abbreviated seminar from ACS NOLA with Kali Serrano, PhD Candidate, Braun Group, UIUC

Friday, May 18th: 4:30-6:00, between RAL and CLSL-B: Safety BBQ and Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Review proper fire extinguisher technique with the Urbana Fire Department starting at 4:30, and grilled goodies from DCGSAC starting at 5:00

Safety Week: Tuesday

Safety week officially kicks off today with DCGSAC’s Suggest and Digest going on RIGHT NOW in the CLSL-A atrium until 12:00! The fun continues with a presentation from DRS about the disposal of chemical waste in RAL 116 from 1:00-2:00. DRS is also willing to answer any questions you may have about who they are as an organization. There are lots more events to go this week too—see below for what’s coming up:


Wednesday, May 16th, 4:00-5:00 pm in RAL 116: Safety in Industry at Dow Chemical

  • An overview of Dow safety programs and collaborations with universities with Irv Potts, Dow EH&S Leader in R&D

Thursday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm in RAL 116: Graduate Student Leadership in Laboratory Safety

  • An abbreviated seminar from ACS NOLA with Kali Serrano, PhD Candidate, Braun Group, UIUC

Friday, May 18th: 4:30-6:00, between RAL and CLSL-B: Safety BBQ and Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Review proper fire extinguisher technique with the Urbana Fire Department starting at 4:30, and grilled goodies from DCGSAC starting at 5:00

Safety Week Begins!

Welcome to Safety Week 2018, sponsored by the Department of Chemistry Graduate Student Action Committee (DCGSAC) and the Chemistry Joint Safety Team (JST)! The activities get rolling tomorrow with events in both the morning and afternoon. See below for the full week’s schedule.


Tuesday morning, May 15th, 8:00 am-12:00 pm in CLSL-A Atrium: DCGSAC’s Suggest and Digest

  • Come grab a snack and coffee and share suggestions of how we can make the Chemistry department better!
  • DCGSAC reps will be available to have confidential meetings with students

Tuesday afternoon, May 15th, 1:00-2:00 pm in RAL 116: Division of Research Safety Behind the Scenes: Who We Are & What Happens to Your Waste After it leaves Lab!?

  • A discussion with Stephanie Hess, Assistant Director, DRS & Brian Meschewski, Research Safety Professional, DRS about DRS contacts for chemistry and waste disposal

Wednesday, May 16th, 4:00-5:00 pm in RAL 116: Safety in Industry at Dow Chemical

  • An overview of Dow safety programs and collaborations with universities with Irv Potts, Dow EH&S Leader in R&D

Thursday, May 17th, 1:00-2:00 pm in RAL 116: Graduate Student Leadership in Laboratory Safety

  • An abbreviated seminar from ACS NOLA with Kali Serrano, PhD Candidate, Braun Group, UIUC

Friday, May 18th: 4:30-6:00, between RAL and CLSL-B: Safety BBQ and Fire Extinguisher Training

  • Review proper fire extinguisher technique with the Urbana Fire Department starting at 4:30 and hang out for grilled goodies from DCGSAC starting at 5:00

Safety Week!

Come join the Chemistry Joint Safety Team and DCGSAC as we host the the second annual Safety Awareness Week from May 14th-18th. This initiative is devoted to promoting a more positive mindset towards safe laboratory practices throughout the department!

We have a lot going on all week! Ever wonder what happens to your waste when it leaves the lab? Want a chance to do some industrial networking or learn about new ACS opportunities? Or end the week by putting out a fire before picking up a burger and hanging out with friends from around the department? Please join us!

Welcome!

Welcome to the new home of the Department of Chemistry Joint Safety Team! 

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