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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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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Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality
Apr29

Trial starts for Texas A&M University at Qatar fatality

Nearly one year ago, Hassan Kamal Hussein died after an incident in an engineering lab at Texas A&M University at Qatar. Doha News now reports that a trial has started in the case. Some details from the Doha News story: Hussein is identified as a laboratory coordinator and he suffered fatal head and neck wounds in an explosion. He was using some sort of equipment that was being installed to produce gasoline (petrol) from natural...

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University of Utah chemistry fire
Apr28

University of Utah chemistry fire

Salt Lake City media reported a fire in the Henry Eyring Chemistry Building at the University of Utah on April 16. Here’s what chemistry department chair Cynthia Burrows emailed me about the incident last week: Things stored in one of those double-walled, yellow flammable cabinets went off unexpectedly at 10:45 AM. No one was in the room but many were nearby, and pulled the fire alarm when it was obvious that the flames were too...

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Charges against Denver teacher dismissed
Apr13

Charges against Denver teacher dismissed

Last fall, a Denver teacher, Daniel Powell, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault after a classroom fire seriously burned a student. Powell had lit a small pool of methanol to demonstrate its flame properties, then tried to add more methanol from a 4 L container, Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board investigators said in September. The fire flashed back into the container, then jetted out to hit the student...

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Yes, it was the kitty litter
Mar27

Yes, it was the kitty litter

The radioactive material release last year at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant nuclear waste repository in New Mexico was due to mixing of nitrate salt residues, organic sorbent (Swheat Scoop cat litter), and neutralization agent (triethanolamine), according to a Department of Energy summary of the investigation into the incident: The [Technical Assessment Team] concluded that chemically incompatible contents in Drum 68660, in addition...

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