"The Present and Future of Chemical Safety" with Brad Harbaugh (MSDSonline)

Created by Josh Kurutz on Nov 14, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014 at The Parthenon, 314 S. Halsted, Chicago IL

Starts at 6:30 PM · Ends on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:30 PM, EDT (America/New_York)

  • Josh Kurutz
  • Nicole Shoshenskiy

harbaugh_2014-11.jpgChemical safety and hazard communication has been in the news a lot this year, and the Chicago ACS is going to help keep you safe and out of the disaster-focused headlines. Come join us for an evening covering a very interesting topic of extreme importance.


OSHA’s revision of the HazCom Standard to align with GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals, is in full swing. Everyone in the lifecycle of hazardous chemicals has responsibilities they must meet to ensure worker safety and compliance. Important deadlines are on the horizon, meaning now is the time to take action to ensure best practices are in place for communicating hazard information to downstream users and for meeting compliance obligations around chemical classification, safety data sheets, labels and training.

Pre-dinner Talk by Dr. Ken Fivizzani  (retired from Nalco Company):
“ACS CHAS: Where Chemistry and Safety Meet”

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety (CHAS) provides expertise in laboratory safety, chemical management, and safe chemical work practices to the Society and the general public.  The division organizes technical symposia at ACS National and Regional Meetings and offers workshops in specific areas of chemical safety.  Two CHAS Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the field of chemical health and safety; a third award recognizes comprehensive lab safety programs in higher education.  The CHAS Website and Listserv offer on-line information and discussion of relevant topics.  The division publishes the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety six times per year.


  • 5:00 - 7:30  Registration
  • 5:30 - 6:00  Pre-Dinner talk, Ken Fivizzani
  • 6:30 - 7:30  Dinner - Family Style Greek Meal
  • 7:30 - 8:30  Main Talk: Brad Harbaugh

Menu: Greek Family Style Dinner

Appetizers: Saganaki (Kaseri cheese flamed in brandy), Gyros (roasted slices of lamb and beef), Taramosalata (fish roe blended with lemon and olive oil); traditional Greek salad.

Main course: Vegetarian Spinach-Cheese Pie, Vegetarian Pastitsio (Macaroni baked with broccoli, Bechamel sauce and Kefalotiri), Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice, meats and herbs), Rotisserie-roasted lamb served with rice pilaf and roasted potatoes.

Desserts: Baklava (flaky layers of Phyllo baked with nuts and honey) and Galaktobouriko (flaky layers of Phyllo with vanilla custard and baked with syrup. Beverages, bread and butter.

Tickets & Merchandise: Order by noon, Wednesday Nov. 19

ACS Regular Members: $37
Guests: $39
ACS Student, Retired, and Unemployed Members: $20

Order a CHICAgO elements T-shirt ($15) or tote bag ($10) online and pick it up at the meeting.

TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: Make a tax-deductible dontation to the Chicago ACS or one of its programs (such as Project SEED, High School Scholarships, or Sponsorship of a teacher's AACT membership) online when you purchase your dinner ticket.

Dinner reservations are required and may be made online or given to the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email(

Seating will be available for those who wish to attend the meeting without dinner.

The Section must pay for all dinner orders. No-shows will be billed.

Mr. Harbaugh's Biography:

Brad Harbaugh is editor of the environmental health and safety (EH&S) blog for MSDSonline — a leading provider of sustainable cloud-based compliance solutions that help businesses of all sizes cost-effectively manage a variety of global EH&S regulatory requirements. In addition to researching and reporting on current EH&S issues, Brad is the creator of MSDSonline’s popular GHS Answer Center and GHS Webinar series. He has presented at over 100 national and regional conferences on topics ranging from education to safety, including events for OSC, NSC, ASSE, and VPPPA among others. Brad is a graduate of DePaul University and holds an MBA from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

Dr. Fivizzani's Biography:

Ken Fivizzani retired from Nalco Company in 2009.  He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Loyola.  He received a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been active in CHAS for over two decades, serving as Chair in 2000, 2011, and 2014.  He also served on the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) for ten years and was CCS Chair from 2002 to 2004.  In the Chicago Section, Ken has been Chair in 2007 and 2010.  He is currently a Councilor and a Trustee for the Section.  He is an ACS Fellow.

The Parthenon, 314 S. Halsted, Chicago IL

314 S. Halsted Chicago United States