Friday chemical safety round-up

Photo by Jorge Intriago of Columbia, S.C., submitted to OSHA's "Picture It!: Safe Workplaces for Everyone" contest

Chemical health and safety news from the past two weeks (hope no one’s Thanksgiving turkeys caught fire!):

Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

Not covered: meth labs; ammonia leaks; incidents involving floor sealants, cleaning solutions, or pool chemicals; and fires from oil, natural gas, or other fuels

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. RE: Dr. Lowe’s things I won’t work with: I have a fundamental problem with compiling a list such as this as it stands. There are plenty of chemicals out there that are extremely odoriferous, severely acutely toxic, sensitizers, reactive etc. However, that does not mean that these chemicals cannot be worked with safely, given the engineering controls, administrative controls and proper personal protective equipment. By creating a list such as this, Dr. Lowe is offering an opinion that there are chemicals that are “too dangerous to handle” which can, with some work be turned into a legislative ban on compounds on these lists.

    While the “slippery slope” argument does not hold water logically, it does hold plenty of water in the hearts and minds of people and legislators – especially untrained individuals or the chemophobic crowd. (e.g. “Dr. Lowe, a Ph.D. level organic chemist says these chemicals are too dangerous…”)

    I have offered this opinion on his blog as well.

    Harry

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