• Midwest Chemical Safety offers a number of prepared workshops to meet your organization's training needs:

    • Effective Chemical Safety Management: A Risk-Based Perspective A Risk-Based Perspective:
      This workshop is designed for those responsible for chemical safety in their workplace. After an initial introduction to the Laboratory Standard and Chemical Hygiene Plans, we will cover introductory toxicology, foundational laboratory chemical hood evaluation, standard operating procedure development and the importance of waste management. We then move deep discussion of hazard and risk. Then, using a variety risk management tools such as the LabRAT and "What-if," we evaluate common research tasks and scientific field work. The day is wrapped up with a session of "Ask Dr. Safety" so that participants can get their EH&S questions answered before they leave.
    • Research Without Rules: Process Safety Management for Research and Small-Scale Chemical Processes:
      This workshop is a follow-on workshop to Effective Chemical Safety Management. With a firm foundation of a Chemical Hygiene Plan already in place, Research Without Rules expands risk management foundations by applying the principles found in OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard to the research and small-scale chemical processing environment (such as scale-up and pilot plant operations). We then introduce and use four risk assessment tools (LabRAT, LabHAZOP, LabFMEA and What-if) to a number of common research, scale-up and pilot plant scenarios. We will thoroughly cover change management and what change management looks like in a research environment.
    • Chemical Reactivity Hazards: Laboratory Scale Recognition and Control:
      Chemical reactivity hazards contribute to a significant number of incidents in laboratories and pilot plants. This workshop will provide participants with the knowledge and skill to screen processes for potential hazards, recognize when reactive hazards are present, and implement appropriate controls to reduce the risk of an incident associated with the hazards. Workshop attendees will review case studies of actual incidents and do screening examples in order to understand the screening and recognition process. Group discussions of control methods will allow participants to share their experiences and to evaluate methods for controlling reactivity risks.
    • Why It Went Wrong: Blame-free investigation of lab-scale incidents:
      Many scholarly and practical publications are available addressing incident investigation. None, however, is devoted strictly to the unique environment of the teaching and research laboratories. The purpose of this workshop is to provide methods for investigating laboratory-scale incidents to elucidate the underlying (root) causes and the direct and contributing causes those incidents. The workshop participant will learn methods for conducting an investigation and how to structure a report using a blame-free approach. Presentation methods will include lecture and discussion and role-playing incident investigations. The participants will study the incident investigations of several well-documented actual events and then practice investigation skills in presented scenarios.
    • Midwest Chemical Safety will also produce a custom-designed training package to be presented at your organization. Contact us for more information!

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    Pricing and confirmation requirements for workshops presented at ACS National Meetings is set by the Division of Chemical Health and Safety – see their website for details When a workshop has sufficient registrants to be presented (5 participants), you will receive an invoice from Midwest Chemical Safety which will allow you to pay with most credit cards. Registrations MUST be paid for prior to attending the workshop. All workshops are eligible for ABIH and BCSP Continuing Education credits. Certificates will be printed with ABIH CM Contact Hours.

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    Upon verified registration, information will be sent to each participant containing specific location information for the workshop. Companies may substitute registrants without prior notice or penalty.


    Full refund for cancellations up to four (4) weeks prior to the workshop date. 50% refund for cancellations less than four (4) weeks prior to the workshop date. Cancellations made 7 days or less prior to the start date will be charged for the full workshop, but the credit may be applied to a future offering. No-shows will be billed. Refunds will be by corporate check to the participant.

    In the event Midwest Chemical Safety is forced to cancel a workshop due to lack of registration or other causes, MCS will notify participants at least ten (10) days in advance by email. MCS will notify you by email as soon as we know the workshop is “CONFIRMED” (i.e. there are a sufficient number of participants). MCS suggests fully refundable air fares be used due to the potential for workshop cancellation. MCS will not be held responsible for penalties caused by these types of fares in the event of workshop cancellation.

    You will receive an email confirming receipt of your registration within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation, contact Midwest Chemical Safety at 217-971-6047


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