Chemical health & safety stories from the last week, minus the refinery fires:
- Worker injured in explosion at Pasadena, Calif., chemical company (something in an oven)
- From the NIOSH Science Blog: Skin…exposed!
- On the Gulf of Mexico oil spill: Who’s ensuring cleanup workers are adequately trained and protected?, Scientists fault lack of studies over gulf oil spill, and C&EN Dispersed oil raises concerns
- More on the University of Wisconsin professor of pathobiological sciences who’s been banned from the lab: Scientist, banned from lab, blames U. of Wisconsin for biosafety lapse
- Worker hospitalized after chemical fire in Edmonton, Canada, lab (toluene)
- Water, foam caused explosion that killed St. Anna, Wisc., firefighter (putting out a fire in a trash bin that contained aluminum alloy shavings and 55-gallon steel barrels of aluminum oxide dross, or slag)
- How do you clean your iPhone screen? Workers plan to sue iPhone contractor over poisoning and Apple supplier Wintek says it treated workers for chemical exposure (n-hexane)
- Three killed in Hyderabad, India, chemical factory fire
- C&EN Selecting safer halocarbons
- Springfield, Mo., firefighters treated for chemical exposure (hydrazine)
- None injured in explosion at DuPont Experimental Station in Delaware (peroxide)
- Overnight explosion at chemical plant in Beaumont, Texas
- Explosion at New Hampshire gun factory kills 2, injures 1
- Leaking propane tank found during hazmat training tession
Additionally, snarling traffic across the U.S. this week were spills of an industrial lubricant, hydrochloric acid, ethyleneamine, strychnine pellets, gasoline, diesel fuel, and oil; a leaking cylinder of chlorine gas; and two five-gallon containers labeled sodium hydroxide left in a parking lot.