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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:

  • In New Zealand, a forklift driver pierced a 1,000-liter drum of 45-50% sodium hydroxide. Working with another driver, he quickly got the drum into a secondary containment unit, limiting the spill to about 100 liters.
  • Hydrogen sulfide leaked at a metal recovery business in Florida
  • A graduate student knocked over a bottle of decahydronaphthalene at Boston University, resulting in evacuation of the school’s Life Science & Engineering Building

Not covered (usually): 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.

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