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Friday chemical safety round up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week. I’ll probably have fewer incidents than usual while the federal government is shut down and the Chemical Safety Board isn’t updating its accidents feed.

Tweet of the week:

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


  • Oct 11th 201309:10
    by Ralph Stuart

    Note that updated reports on “An employee working alone in a Rohm and Haas lab in Massachusetts received “serious burns covering half of his body including his face and arms” from some sort of lab explosion” indicated that he died overnight.

  • Oct 11th 201310:10
    by Jyllian Kemsley

    Oh, no. Thanks for the update, Ralph. As you probably guessed, I prepped this yesterday and set it to post this morning.

  • Oct 11th 201317:10
    by Jyllian Kemsley

    North Andover Patch reports that the deceased is Carlos Amaral, 51, and says that the cause of the explosion was exposure of trimethylindium to air.


  • Oct 14th 201317:10
    by Jyllian Kemsley

    Carlos Amaral’s obituary says that he was a chemical technician at Dow for 14 years:


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