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Friday chemical safety round-up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week:

Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

  • A peroxide powder, Perkadox 16, at BP Automation in Canada
  • Ferric chloride in a jewelry studio at Front Range Community College in Colorado; a woman who was reportedly diluting the chemical was burned on her arms
  • Chlorine gas at a water-treatment plant in North Carolina
  • Some sort of acid at chemical testing company Ameri-Sci in Massachusetts, an hour after a hazmat crew cleaned up another spill (headline says fire, but the story reads like it was a spill)
  • Environmental consultants were called in to dispose of chemicals collected by a former Mobil Oil chemist; when the chemist’s son “first tried to dispose of the first of about 10 boxes, the Chittenden Solid Waste District became concerned, especially when a Geiger Counter activated on some of the chemicals”
  • On roads/railways/shipyards: 10 tons of human waste, phosphoric acid

Not included: meth labs, ammonia leaks, and incidents involving floor sealants, cleaning chemicals, or pool chemicals

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