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Thu, Oct 13



MN ACS October Meeting

Join us Thursday, October 13th at 7pm as we meet virtually to hear Dr. Daniel Kuespert, Lab Safety Advocate at Johns Hopkins University, talk about designing work and a workplace that are both safe and welcoming to those with hidden disabilities.

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Time & Location

Oct 13, 2022, 7:00 PM – Oct 14, 2022, 8:00 PM


About the Event

Job Design for the "Hidden" Disabled Professional

Who: Daniel R. Kuespert, PhD, CSP 

When: Thursday, October 13 th , 7-8 pm 

Where: Virtually over zoom 

Registration: Free through this link

Abstract: Many disabilities are “hidden,” that is, not immediately evident to the untrained observer. Limitations such as chronic fatigue syndrome, neurological disorders, and mental disabilities such as serious mental illnesses fall in this category, and in some cases, workers with disabilities are not willing to disclose that status. Depending on the design of the workplace, this may or may not introduce occupational safety issues. How does one design work and a workplace both safe and welcoming to those with hidden disabilities? The answer lies in examining and questioning design assumptions that rely on workers being fully abled. 

Speaker’s biography: Dr. Kuespert has been a research engineer, an officer of a trade association, and a chemical safety consultant, among other things. An alumnus of Johns Hopkins University, he received his PhD in chemical engineering in 1994. He has helped to develop R&D 100-winning environmental technology, managed the creation of American National Standards, and spent 15 years in chemical process safety consulting, helping chemical and food facilities avoid catastrophic incidents. He is also a Certified Safety Professional. Dr. Kuespert is currently Laboratory Safety Advocate at Johns Hopkins University, and he is Director of Core Facilities & Safety for the engineering school. In the first role, he serves the university internal technical consultant on lab safety matters, works to enhance the campus safety culture, and teaches safety classes. In the latter, he manages the engineering school’s portfolio of core research capabilities to help the school best achieve its strategic goals. He also serves as 2022 Chair-Elect of the ACS Division of Chemical Health & Safety, as well as an Associate Member of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety. He was principal author of the free ACS Foundations of Chemical Safety and Risk Management online course, and he was the author of the textbook Research Laboratory Safety.

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