Friday chemical safety round up

I’ll be in Yolo County Superior Court today for the continuation of former University of California, Davis, chemist David Snyder’s preliminary hearing on explosives and firearms charges. In the meantime, here’s your chemical health and safety news for the last couple of weeks:

  • First, a tweet that made me laugh, in response to info on small-sized, flame-resistant lab coats:
  • Derek added mercury azides to things he won’t work with: “Explosions are definitely underappreciated as a mixing technique, but in this case, they are keeping you from forming any larger crystals, a development which the paper says, with feeling, ‘should be avoided by all means.'” The comments on that post led me to this lovely little video:


Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

Not covered (usually): meth labs; 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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