Information, insights, and advice for ACS industry members
February 13, 2020
Are you hiring contractors to work in your labs? In today’s “On the Safe Side”, Ken Fivizzani has a checklist of questions to ensure that contractors are prepared to work safely on your company premises.

After a long, distinguished career in pharma (which he has extended in his current consultant role), Bill Greenlee shares insights on a number of issues that everyone – not just those working in pharma – will find compelling: What were the impacts on the pharma industry from the mega-mergers in 2009? Is pharma likely to discover major new drugs to treat heart disease? Why is discovering new drugs so difficult?

Write to express, not to impress. How? Check out the LinkedIn Learning summary. Thinking about transitioning to a new career? Our Career Corner helps you sort that out.

Finally, meet Jim Goetz, an early career chemist at Eastman Chemical, who explains how his day job helps him brew better beer.
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Contractor Safety and Monitoring
"Contractors are employees of an outside company who are hired to do a specific project or task. How much safety training have they received? Will there be a supervisor on site all the time?..." Read More
Ken Fivizanni, Safety Expert
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Meet the polymer chemist breathing new life into old plastics
Jim Goetz, Polymer applications research scientist, Eastman Chemical Company
Jim Goetz
Polymer applications research scientist
Eastman Chemical Company
In November 2019, Eastman Chemical Company announced that it was going to start recycling old polyester carpets from homes and businesses.The firm will use the reclaimed polymer building blocks to make products such as textiles, cosmetics, personal care ... Read More
What you most need to know from an industry-connected LinkedIn Learning Course. Today's course: Write to Express, Not to Impress
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