The January incident at Texas Tech, when a graduate student was badly injured while handling explosive material, has resurfaced in the news over the past few weeks. Here are the main stories:
- C&EN Texas Tech overhauls lab safety
- Lab blast raises safety awareness
- Blast probe finds 20 safety violations (one correction: the student was working with cobalt perchlorate hydrazinate, not cobalt hydroxide)
We’ll have a more detailed story about the accident and its aftermath coming soon, too. In the meantime, if you’re curious to know more about how some academic labs handle highly hazardous materials, here’s a story I wrote on that topic a couple of years ago: Making explosives in the lab.
8/24/2010 UPDATE: As documented here, the students were most likely working with nickel hydrazine perchlorate. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal story has also been corrected.