Judge says Harran complying with prosecution agreement in #SheriSangji case
Nov20

Judge says Harran complying with prosecution agreement in #SheriSangji case

Post written by Michael Torrice Attorneys for University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran were in court today for a status check on the chemist’s compliance with an agreement with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Harran made the deal in June so that the DA’s office would eventually drop charges of four felony violations of the state labor code stemming from a 2008 fire...

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Sharing safety practices among academia, government, and industry
Nov19

Sharing safety practices among academia, government, and industry

The Council for Chemical Research is playing matchmaker to pair up academic institutions with government or industrial organizations to share safety practices. Says CCR: If you would be willing to share your safety practices with any interested academic CCR members, we would share contact information and a brief description of potential ways you might prefer to interact with the academic CCR members through various means (letters,...

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More discussion on the U Minnesota azide explosion
Nov18

More discussion on the U Minnesota azide explosion

We’ve had blog post the first (“Explosion injures…”) and blog post the second (“More details…”), plus a C&EN safety letter and “C&EN Talks Safety with William B. Tolman.” A reader responds in this week’s issue: I was disappointed by the lengthy chemical safety letter from T. Andrew Taton and Walter E. Partlo on the azidotrimethylsilane explosion in Taton’s lab...

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Lesson learned video: An acid spill without a lab coat
Nov12

Lesson learned video: An acid spill without a lab coat

From Northwestern University and a chemistry graduate student who suffered a chemical burn from a triflic acid spill: “I probably would not have thought to go to the hallway right away, if someone wasn’t there to point me in the direction. I probably would have run around the lab trying to remember where the shower is, knowing full well that there wasn’t one in there.” “It was a freak accident in terms of...

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Organolithium preparation, properties, and safe handling
Nov11

Organolithium preparation, properties, and safe handling

“Auntie Markovnikov” left this in a comment last weekend, and I thought it deserved highlighting in a post of its own: Organic Process Research & Development had a review article in its October issue on “Preparation, Properties, and Safe Handling of Commercial Organolithiums: Alkyllithiums, Lithium sec-Organoamides, and Lithium Alkoxides,” by Terry “Li” Rathman of t-Links Consulting and James...

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David Snyder sentenced in UC Davis explosives case
Nov07

David Snyder sentenced in UC Davis explosives case

After a 2013 explosion in his campus apartment, University of California, Davis postdoctoral chemist David Snyder was charged with 17 counts relating to explosives, hazardous waste, and possessing firearms on campus. He went through a preliminary hearing last year, then in September he pled no contest to the charges. His sentencing hearing was today. The judge sentenced Snyder to a total of 4 years and 4 months, with half to be spent...

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Resource round-up from Sigma-Aldrich, AIChE, and the National Academies
Nov06

Resource round-up from Sigma-Aldrich, AIChE, and the National Academies

Sigma-Aldrich now has an eLearning course for Safe Handling of Air-Sensitive Pyrophoric Substances. AIChE’s Process Safety Beacon newsletters: Persistence – Good or Bad? Know when to stop to get help or evacuate. Ignition Sources, examples include static electricity, vehicles, welding, open flames, grinding, faulty wiring, furnaces, and pyrophoric or decomposing materials What is Your Role in Hazard Identification and Risk...

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CSB recommends stricter controls for educational demos
Nov04

CSB recommends stricter controls for educational demos

The U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board released a report last week with “Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations.” When C&EN posted my story about the report on Friday, we said that 20 children and two adults had been injured in fires from educational demos since the start of September. As we posted the story, there was another incident, at a high...

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