More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response
Jul30

More details on the University of Minnesota explosion and response

On June 17, an explosion in a chemistry lab at the University of Minnesota injured graduate student Walter Partlo. He was making trimethylsilyl azide, starting with 200 g of sodium azide. The incident originated in lack of hazard awareness, school representatives say, and the department response focuses on identifying hazardous processes and communication. The synthesis was based on previously published methods, with some...

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Safety resources mini-round-up
Jul02

Safety resources mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Today post is a collection of safety resources: The Royal Society of...

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Safety agency news mini-round-up
Jul01

Safety agency news mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Today is government agency day. Occupational Safety...

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Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up
Jun30

Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Here we go with the first installment, AIChE’s...

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Report released on New York high school fire
Jun27

Report released on New York high school fire

The New York Special Commissioner of Investigation yesterday released its report regarding the Beacon High School fire last January. The fire was widely reported to involve the “rainbow” flame test experiment. And indeed it did. And, as many suspected, this is what happened: Pool continued that, as she lit each Petri dish, a different color flame appeared. When the flames died out, the students asked Poole to conduct the...

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Los Angeles district attorney comments on Harran settlement in #SheriSangji case
Jun25

Los Angeles district attorney comments on Harran settlement in #SheriSangji case

Michael Torrice and I have another story up today on the terms of the settlement agreement between University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. The new story includes comments from head deputy district attorney Craig Hum regarding the specific terms of the settlement. What didn’t make it into the story: I also asked UCLA whether the...

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Myths of the #SheriSangji case
Jun24

Myths of the #SheriSangji case

From Twitter yesterday on Sunday, after I shared the link (yet again) to my 2009 story about the circumstances surrounding the fire in a University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry lab that led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji: @jkemsley Thx 4 link; may be a bit of misinformation flying around right now abt #sherisangji @krismarsh @DaveFernig @ChemBark — Dr. Allison Stelling (@DrStelling) June 22, 2014...

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Reactions to the Patrick Harran settlement in the #SheriSangji case
Jun23

Reactions to the Patrick Harran settlement in the #SheriSangji case

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