Friday round-up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week:

Fires and explosions:

  • An explosion at Arson Chemicals (yes, really) in India, “in one of the vessels where some chemical process at high temperature and pressure was under progress”; one killed and 12 others injured, including six fire fighters
  • An explosion from a chemical drum outside a printing press in India; the drum heated up when six children and a security guard were burning waste material nearby to keep warm
  • A fire led to some sort of explosion at a LyondellBasell plant in France; no one was injured; at the same port as the Gazechim fire last week
  • An explosion from some sort of acid mixed with bleach at Sea Crest Linen Supply in New York; no serious injuries reported
  • An explosion at Michigan’s Duratech Systems, which provides tank-lining services; workers were reportedly cleaning out storage tanks but no one was injured
  • A fire gutted a chemical lab at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, possibly due to an electric short circuit; “According to reports, solvents like methanol, ethanol and acetene were stored in drums in the lab”; no one was injured

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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