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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