Three Florida students burned in flame test demo
May28

Three Florida students burned in flame test demo

Via the Tallahassee Democrat, an incident from last week: A chemistry experiment gone wrong injured three Lincoln High School students Friday morning. Leon County Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, along with the Tallahassee Fire Department and the Sheriff’s Office. Two students were admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with burns suffered during the incident, and another student was released to parental...

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Updated hazard evaluation guidelines released
May26

Updated hazard evaluation guidelines released

The American Chemical Society’s Committee on Chemical Safety has released an updated version of its “Identifying & Evaluating Hazards in Research Laboratories” guidelines. “This version of the document resolves comments received to date from the community of users,” says Kimberly Jeskie, director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Integrated Operations Support Division and chair of the task...

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Harran still complying with proescution agreement in #SheriSangji case
May21

Harran still complying with proescution agreement in #SheriSangji case

Patrick Harran has a court date today to check in with a judge regarding his agreement with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Harran was to pay a fine and complete community service in exchange for the DA eventually dropping charges of four felony violations of the state labor code. The case arose from a 2008 fire in his lab that led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji. Harran had paid the fine...

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OSHA fines DuPont for methyl mercaptan deaths
May20

OSHA fines DuPont for methyl mercaptan deaths

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has cited DuPont for 11 worker safety violations for a November, 2014, methyl mercaptan leak that killed four workers. The citations come with a total fine of $99,000. Methyl mercaptan is used to make the insecticide methomyl. DuPont determined that more than 23,000 lb of methyl mercaptan was released in the incident, C&EN reports. “The fatal incident occurred as one...

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Lab coat versus concentrated acid
May19

Lab coat versus concentrated acid

Want a visual for why you should wear a lab coat? Check out Pictures from an Organic Chemistry Laboratory, where Kristof has a photo from a nitration that went awry, spilling concentrated sulfuric and nitric acid “everywhere.” It might even be an argument for adding an apron over a lab coat in some...

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#ACSDenver recordings posted
May14

#ACSDenver recordings posted

The American Chemical Society has posted recordings from presentations given at the National Meeting in Denver in March. Included are talks from the marijuana health and safety symposium organized by the Division of Chemical Health & Safety, as well as some of the Presidential sessions on sustainability and responsible development of...

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Trimethylsilyldiazomethane safety under investigation
May12

Trimethylsilyldiazomethane safety under investigation

Back in 2008, two chemists died after exposure to trimethylsilyldiazomethane (TMSD): Jason Siddell, age 24 and employed at Gelest, and Roland Daigle, age 46 and employed at Sepracor Canada (now Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Canada). This year, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is finally studying the compound’s toxicity. The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Siddell’s death. OSHA...

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Lab safety task force launched by Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
May07

Lab safety task force launched by Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

The Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU) has established a Task Force on Laboratory Safety, which held its first face-to-face meeting in Washington, DC this week. The goal of the task force is to build on academic lab safety reports issued by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2012 and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2014, says one of the task force’s chairs, Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for...

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