Pistoia Alliance launches new chemical safety library


Pistoia Alliance has introduced its new chemical safety library (CSL) service that enables the capturing, storing and sharing of hazardous reaction information to help make laboratories safer. 

The new CSL service features a collaborative database, including an initial set of hazardous reaction incidents compiled by Pistoia Alliance’s CSL service project team, and a submission tool to collect further entries.

Available for the entire chemical and life sciences community, the CSL service includes a sampling of 25 known reaction incidents and has more than 75,000 pre-loaded reagents.

The service will help increase the reaction incident data set and to share collected data. It will further enable users to input their own safety incidents and check other reported occurrences. 

"We encourage the laboratory community to add their own data to the CSL Service, it takes just a couple of minutes, and could prevent the repeat of dangerous events."

Pistoia Alliance president Steve Arlington said: “Laboratory and personal safety during R&D is paramount. Many commercial and open resources exist that detail hazardous properties of individual reagents.

“However, we often lack real-life guidance regarding the combining and reacting of such reagents. This is because critical safety incident details typically are stored in internal silos, are undiscoverable, and are not shared between scientists.

“With the launch of the CSL Service, we are addressing this long-standing issue with a simple, easy-to-use solution. We now encourage the laboratory community to get involved, and to add their own data to the CSL Service, it takes just a couple of minutes, and could prevent the repeat of dangerous events.”

Pistoia Alliance was established to address the barriers and challenges faced by the companies during their research and development (R&D) activities conducted in chemical and life science laboratories.