Dr. Jack Breazeale received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1966. He taught at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC from 1965-1970. In 1970 he was a founding faculty member of a new state college in Florence, SC: now Francis Marion University. From 1970 until his retirement in 1997, he was chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Breazeale has been active in the American Chemical Society for over 40 years. He has served as a member of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety including three years as chair. He also held offices in the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety including that of chair. Other activities at the national level have included appointments to the Committee on the Economics Status of Chemists, the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws, the National Chemistry Week Task Force with three years as chair, and the Board of Trustees for Group Insurance Plans for ACS Members. He was elected by Council to two terms on the Council Committee on Committees and currently serves on the Council Committee on Nominations and Elections. At the local level Dr. Breazeale has held several offices in the South Carolina Section including chair and currently serves the Section as Councilor. His interest in laboratory safety became a major professional activity in the early 1980s in the South Carolina Section. Dr. Breazeale has presented in the Laboratory Safety Institute workshops for over twenty years. These presentations include one-, two-, and four-day workshops nationwide on various safety topics. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Laboratory Safety Institute. He resides in Mount Pleasant, SC and is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the College of Charleston and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Francis Marion University.
The H. L. Hunley: Recovery and Preservation
On the night of February 17, 1864 the Confederate submarine, the H.L. Hunley, attacked and sank the USS Housatonic. The attack occurred in Charleston Harbor on the South Carolina coast. The Hunley and its crew never returned from the mission. That is, until 8:37 am on August 8, 2000, when the submarine and its crew were recovered off the South Carolina coast. Work is complete on the recovery of the crew and continues on the preservation of the vessel. The talk will include a brief history of the Hunley, explain the search and recovery process, and a brief discussion of the continuing preservation process of the submarine.
Lab Inspections: You Might Be Surprised by What You Find!
The presentation will include discussions on: 1. How often should formal laboratory inspections take place? 2. Who should take part in such inspections? 3. Who is responsible to ensure that such inspections take place? 4. What should be included on the inspection check sheet? 5. What are some references to consult as you prepare your inspection check sheet? The talk is applicable to all types of laboratories in which chemicals are utilized - industrial, academic, research, medical, and governmental. The presentation will include numerous actual photographs of good and bad laboratory practices. Some of the photographs will surprise you, some will shock you, and some you may recognize as representing situations at your facility. A number of important safety issues will be discussed based on the photographs.