Process safety newsletters
May17

Process safety newsletters

From AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety, the “Process Safety Beacons” so far this year: Hydrate Hazards – “When a hydrate forms it can plug piping, instrument connections, valves, and other equipment causing process upsets which may be hazardous. … Clearing a blockage from hydrate formation could be a routine or non-routine work activity that is hazardous if not done properly.” Still Overflowing Tanks! – “With all of the complex operations going on in many process facilities, it is surprising that putting more material into a tank than will fit is a frequent contributor to major incidents.” Safety Device or Control Device? – “Supervisors decided that the operator could be given other work to do while the tank was filling since there was a high level shutdown. No management of change review was done. A device that was intended to be a second layer of protection became the primary control. When the high level instrument failed, there was nobody in the area and the spill was actually larger.” Plugged Flame Arrester Causes Explosion – “The flame arrester on an oil tank was corroded and plugged with deposits. This resulted in the tank ‘breathing’ through a sample hatch at the tank rather than through the flame arrester as intended. When it was hot, during the day, vapors would exit the tank through the hatch.” More Repeat Incidents! – “If you use any hazardous materials, or if your process operates at hazardous conditions, you should understand what incidents have happened in the past with the materials and process conditions in your...

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“Applying a lab safety culture to nanotechnology” webinar
May12

“Applying a lab safety culture to nanotechnology” webinar

The U.S. National Nanotechnology Coordination Office is launching what it’s calling the “NanoEHS Webinar Series.” The first one is “Applying a Lab Safety Culture to Nanotechnology: Educating the Next Generation of Nanoscientists”. It will be held on Wednesday, May 18, starting at 11 AM Pacific/2 PM Eastern. Here’s the description: The first webinar will discuss how an effective culture of safety in the research laboratory facilitates safe and responsible nanomaterial research and supports the [National Nanotechnology Initiative] goal of responsible development. Other major goals of this webinar are to build awareness of existing information resources; facilitate safe nanotechnology practices within the overall lab safety culture; engage industry in the discussion by sharing practices and expectations; and ensure that safety training in academia is viewed as an important job skill. Who: Speakers at the event will include: Moderator • Charles L. Geraci, Jr. – Associate Director for Nanotechnology and co-manager of the Nanotechnology Research Center at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Panelists • Keith J. Watson – Vice President of Core Research and Development at Dow Chemical Company • Larry Gibbs – Associate Vice Provost for Environmental Health and Safety at Stanford University • Craig Merlic – Associate Professor of Chemistry and Executive Director for the UCLA Center for Laboratory Safety • Lori Seiler – Associate Director for Global R&D EHS at Dow Chemical Company Register for the webinar...

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University leaders should be responsible for lab safety, report says
Apr14

University leaders should be responsible for lab safety, report says

From Andrea Widener’s story in C&EN: Presidents and chancellors of U.S. universities must take personal responsibility for changing the lab safety culture in academia, a new report says. The document, published by the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU), challenges top university officials to create high-level committees responsible for lab safety, to modify tenure and promotion requirements to include safety, and to promote open commutation about accidents and near-misses on campuses. Although the report contains other recommendations, the ones putting emphasis on university officials’ accountability are being viewed as most important by the report’s authors and other safety experts. Read Andrea’s story for more, or check out the report...

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Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s March-April issue
Apr05

Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s March-April issue

Here’s what’s in the March-April issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety: Editorial: Always the right time to do the right thing, by Harry J. Elston Case study – A two liter pyridine spill in an undergraduate laboratory, by Barrett Eichler (Augustana University) Operating experience review of an Idaho National Laboratory gas monitoring system, by L.C. Cadwallader, K.G. DeWall, and J.S. Herring (Idaho National Laboratory) Results of survey among SEVESO establishments in the Slovak Republic, by Katarina Holla, Jozef Ristvej, Valeria Moricova, and Ladislav Novak (University of Zilina) What to expect when you’re inspecting: A summary of academic laboratory inspection programs, by Ryan Wyllie, Kendra Lee, and Bethzayda Matos (Iowa State University); and Sarah Morris-Benavides (Ames Laboratory) Suitability of polycarbonate safety glasses for UV laser eye protection, by John Jankovic, Michael D. Biegalski, and Scott M. Hollenbeck (Oak Ridge National Laboratory); and Burton R. Ogle, Tracy L. Zontek, and Tina M. Wells (Western Carolina University) Propylene, by William E. Luttrell and Nathaniel P. Giles (Oklahoma Christian University) Process safety: More to process safety than regulations, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) EH&S: Pay attention, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical...

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Making labs accessible to people with disabilities is focus of Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s January-February issue
Mar31

Making labs accessible to people with disabilities is focus of Journal of Chemical Health & Safety’s January-February issue

Here’s what’s in the January-February issue of the Journal of Chemical Health & Safety, which has a special emphasis on making laboratories accessible to students with diabilities: Editorial: Bang head here, by Harry J. Elston Case study: Reaction scale-up leads to incident involving bromine and acetone, by Brandon S. Chance (Southern Methodist University) The value of safety and practicality: Recommendations for training disabled students in the sciences with a focus on blind and visually impaired students in chemistry laboratories, by Gabriella M. Nepomuceno, Debbie M. Decker, Dean J. Tantillo, and Henry B. Wedler (University of California, Davis; Julian D. Shaw (Credo High School); and Lee Boyes (Petaluma High School) Chemical and biological research with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and professionals: Ensuring a safe and successful laboratory environment, by Susan B. Smith, Annemarie D. Ross, and Todd Pagano (Rochester Institute of Technology) Service dogs in the chemistry laboratory, by Patricia Ann Redden (Saint Peter’s University) Laboratory safety attitudes and practices: A comparison of academic, government, and industry researchers, by Imke Schröder, Debbie Yan Qun Huang, Olivia Ellis, and Nancy L. Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles); and James H. Gibson (University of Southern California) Proceedings of the 2014 University of California Center for Laboratory Safety Workshop, by Imke Schröder and Nancy L. Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles); and James H. Gibson (University of Southern California) I’ve seen this movie before, by Dennis C. Hendershot (AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety) Chemical safety – chemical security, by Neal Langerman (Advanced Chemical Safety) OSHA’s Lab Standard at 26, by Ken...

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#Chemsafety presentations at #ACSSanDiego
Mar30

#Chemsafety presentations at #ACSSanDiego

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health & Safety has posted slides from its sessions at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego: Safety begins in the classroom: Demonstrations, awareness, & pre-lab planning How Texas Tech and UCLA have affected laboratory safety nationwide Developing, implementing & teaching hazard assessment tools Chemical, sample, and asset management tools CHAS posters and presentations in the divisions of chemical information and...

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