Bhopal, 30 years later
Dec04

Bhopal, 30 years later

Thirty years ago yesterday, a runaway reaction in a 15,000-gal methyl isocyanide isocyanate storage tank at a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, resulted in a massive leak. The vapor, which is denser than air, blanketed an area of about 25 square miles. Hundreds of thousands of people were exposed to the gas and thousands of people died. The incident is widely considered to be the world’s worst industrial disaster....

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In memory of those who died, something to do in lab today
Dec01

In memory of those who died, something to do in lab today

From Derek Lowe, regarding the four DuPont workers who died from a methyl mercaptan leak two weeks ago (I would add, also, the many others who’ve died in laboratory accidents): So in memory of these four, here’s something that all of us who work in the lab can do today. Take a look around you. Remind yourself of where the fire extinguishers are (and there should be more than one kind). Think of how you’d get to the...

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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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Another acid leak at Tesoro refinery
Mar18

Another acid leak at Tesoro refinery

Less than a month after two workers were injured in an acid leak at a Tesoro refinery in Martinez, Calif., two more workers were burned in another acid leak at the same refinery. The second workers were injured on March 10 when they cut into a sulfuric acid pipe as part of planned maintenance, the Sacramento Bee reported. “The men were initially protected from injury by their protective suits, but some acid remained on the...

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Tesoro says CSB lacks jurisdiction to investigate acid leak
Feb27

Tesoro says CSB lacks jurisdiction to investigate acid leak

On Feb. 12, two Tesoro workers were injured in an acid leak at a refinery in Martinez, Calif. News accounts say that the workers were airlifted to the University of California, Davis, medical center, treated for first- and second-degree burns, and released. The incident occurred mere weeks after the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board released a draft report on a 2010 fire at a Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, Wash.,...

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Dow worker death likely due to reaction of trimethylindium with cleaning fluid
Feb25

Dow worker death likely due to reaction of trimethylindium with cleaning fluid

On Oct. 9, 2013, an explosion and fire at a Dow Chemical electronic materials facility in North Andover, Mass., led to the death of production operator Carlos A. Amaral, 51. According to a statement released by Dow and dated the end of January, the company’s investigation into the incident concluded that: • An employee sustained injuries as a result of the overpressure of a small stainless steel manufacturing vessel during an...

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