Welcome to Chemistry 190 - Chemical Health and Safety

The diamond symbol above displays the code established by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA Code 704)
to summarize information about hazards associated with chemical storage, use, and transport.

Chemistry 190 is a two-unit course that is required for completion of the Pharmaceutical and Laboratory Science Program at Southwestern College. For more information on the course, a copy of the Chem 190 Course Outline is available.

The textbook for the course was developed by the good folks at the Center for Chemistry Education at Miami University of Ohio.

The topics explored in Chemistry 190 include the safe storage, use, handling, and disposal of chemicals, the use of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), Toxicology, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), governmental regulatory agencies, and the proper use of laboratory equipment such as gas cylinders, vacuum pumps, bunsen burners, and fume hoods.

Chemical Health and Safety Links and Downloads:

Download the Introduction to Toxicology PowerPoint presentation given in class.
(Note: Select the "Read Only" option when the Password window opens after downloading.)

Here's the link to download the black and white version of Introduction to Toxicology (may be better for printing hard copies).

Download the Aqua Dots and GHB news article discussed in class.

Download the journal article on discovering new antimalarial drugs discussed in class.

Download the article discussed in class about the effects of releasing pharmaceuticals into the environment.

The Home Page of the National Toxicology Program

The Carcinogenic Potency Database at UC Berkeley

The Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants (ALEC)

Princeton University's Online Laboratory Safety Manual (excellent site!)

A searchable MSDS database

Health & Safety Links from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (large number of links)

The US EPA's Information on Contaminants in Drinking Water

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(Last updated February 4, 2009)