Friday round-up

First, folks, if you’re interested in the chemistry job market and haven’t already seen the blog roundtable discussion this week, head on over to Chemjobber’s recap today (note that Leigh at C&ENtral Science’s Just Another Electron Pusher contributed to the discussion with a post on Too many PhDs?).

Now, chemical health and safety news from the past week:

Fires and explosions:

Leaks and spills:

  • Something when a drum ruptured at Hawker Beechcraft–“a woman was in a room of the building where cabinets are installed into aircrafts when she heard a popping and crackling sound coming from a fire-proof cabinet. As she was trying to leave the room, one of the 55-gallon drums ruptured.” (A good example of why you shouldn’t wear earphones in the lab!)
  • Ethanol at Tilbury Docks in the U.K.
  • Ammonia at a factory in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Potassium cyanide at Tyco Electronics in the U.K.
  • Sulfuric acid in a courthouse in Massachusetts
  • On roads and railways–chemicals related to painting, muriatic acid, isophthaloyl chloride, and xylene

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. “Southern Carolina” – is that Georgia?

  2. Good guess, CR, but in this case it’s merely a typo. 🙂

  3. Hah, you never know. I like to think of Canada as Northern Dakota, so why not Georgia as Southern Carolina.

  4. “I like to think of Canada as Northern Dakota” Careful, CR. We’ve got a few Canadians on staff and them’s fightin’ words!

    I was trying to figure out why I wrote “Southern Carolina”–it’s rather unusual, as typos go–and realized that it’s probably because I write Southern California so often.