Chemical health and safety news from the past three weeks.
- #SciConfessions took off on Twitter. Here’s a Storify that includes a few of my favorites, and PhD comics weighed in as well:
- ChemBark found an amazing video of a traffic accident that ruptured gas cylinders
- Chemjobber wrote about Person-to-Person: A better approach to developing academic chemical safety culture?
- A new month brings a new issue of the Process Safety Beacon, this time on focusing on exploding water pumps
- NIOSH announced a new robotic manikin headform for respirator fit research
- OSHA and NIOSH issued a hazard alert on 1-bromopropane: “The hazard alert was issued in response to information on the increased use of 1-BP as a substitute for other solvents as well as recent reports of overexposure in furniture manufacturing.” (More at the NIOSH Science Blog.)
- Obama ordered a review of chemical plant rules
- CSB called out OSHA “for failing to implement several of the board’s long-standing recommendations for making refineries, chemical facilities, and sugar plants safer. Discussion elsewhere: The Pump Handle, Sustained Outrage
- Meanwhile, EPA’s Office of Inspector General criticized CSB’s backlog of unfinished investigations
- The city of Richmond, Calif., sued Chevron over a refinery fire last year, “accusing officials of placing profits and executive pay over public safety”
- ‘We’ve just been lucky’ with urban chemical disasters
- Farmworkers called for increased protection from pesticides
- Explosion and chemical hazards persist at Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants; OSHA announced $170,000 in proposed penalties for violations at an Arkansas plant
- A California judge ordered the state to (finally) set a drinking water standard for chromium(VI). I wrote a couple of years ago about testing and treating water for chromium(VI).
- Photos from inside Germany’s nuclear power plants, which are all slated to close by 2022
- And lest people think it’s only in California that people experiment with explosives in their homes, there’s a house in Ipswich, Australia, keeping bomb squads busy
I’m skipping incidents. Scanning headlines, most of the explosions and fires involved fuels and others weren’t obviously chemical in origin.