Friday chemical safety round up

It’s baaaaaaack… Chemical health and safety news since the beginning of September:

Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

  • A worker opened a wrong valve at a winery in California and subsequently died of ammonia exposure
  • Sulfuric acid spilled at Embraer Aircraft Maintenance Services in Nashville, Tenn., burning two workers
  • Hydrogen peroxide + water = steam release at a French nuclear plant, burning two workers
  • Two California middle school students suffered minor burns in an experiment involving chlorine tablets and rubbing alcohol
  • A Texas high school teacher and five students were taken to the hospital after something went awry in a biochemistry lab: “identifying proteins and amino acids. One of the last chemical compounds they used contained a small amount of cyanide, but [an assistant fire chief] said that fire investigator quickly ruled out the poisonous substance as a ‘primary player’ in the incident” although he wouldn’t say what the “unanticipated reaction” was

Not covered (most of the time): meth labs; ammonia leaks; incidents involving floor sealants, cleaning solutions, or pool chemicals; transportation spills; things that happen at recycling centers (dispose of your waste properly, people!); and fires from oil, natural gas, or other fuels.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. The black powder incident happened in Stoughton, Wisconsin, not Stoughton Massachusetts.

  2. D’oh. Don’t know how I did that–the linked web page even says Wisconsin. Thanks for catching it!