USC Chem hosts security and safety workshop

Sixteen chemistry practitioners from Mindanao higher educational institutions along with eight University of San Carlos participants attended the Workshop on Security and Safety in Universities at the Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center-Virtual Training Room Talamban Campus, from January 17 to 20, 2017.

Under the leadership of chair Eugene Bacolod, PhD, the USC Department of Chemistry hosted the workshop, which was organized by the International Biological and Chemical Threat Reduction (IBCTR) program of Sandia National Laboratories based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Former American Chemical Society president Nancy Jackson, PhD, from Sandia’s IBCTR program, and USC chemistry professor Patrick John Lim, PhD served as trainers for the three-and-a-half day workshop. Sandia logistical analyst Bernadette Garcia de Rodriguez accompanied Dr. Jackson and handled the arrangements for the Mindanao participants.

Participants to the workshop included one dean and four chairs of departments from seven HEIs in Mindanao, namely Agnes Aranas (Ateneo de Davao University), Cellyn Verallo (Ateneo de Zamboanga University), Julius Campecino, Maria Cristina Dancel, Ellen dV. Inutan, Joel Jorolan, Rachel Anne Lagunay, Myrna Mahinay, Joanna Kristine  Pancho, Lunesa Pinzon (all from Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology), Grace Prado (MSU-Naawan), Maria Cleofe Badang (University of Immaculate Conception), Girlie Leopoldo and Rengel Cane  Sia (University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines), and Heide Rabanes and Aileen Angcajas (Xavier University).

Carolinian participants included Rolly Viesca (Biology), Leonila Adarna, Jinky Derla, Sharajen Julasiri, Gail Jeremias Posas (all from Chemistry), Nikki Marie Marquez and Marie Kristie Reyes (Water Laboratory), and Talamban Campus Pollution Control Officer Esmeralda Cuizon.

The workshop covered security and safety issues including international and national regulations, dual-use chemicals, risk assessment, physical security of chemicals, chemical management and inventory, formulation of standard operating procedures, personal protective equipment, fire protection and prevention, and a security by design module which featured a laboratory design exercise.

Source: Dr. Patrick John Lim
               Department of Chemistry
               21 January 2017