University of Hawaii fine lowered 40% for lab explosion

The explosion knocked down ceiling panels, broke light fixtures, and scattered debris throughout the lab. Credit: Honolulu Fire Department

The explosion knocked down ceiling panels, broke light fixtures, and scattered debris throughout the lab. Credit: Honolulu Fire Department

From my story at C&EN:

The University of Hawaii last week settled its case with the Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division (HIOSH) regarding a laboratory explosion in March. The settlement reduces the number of violations from 15 to nine and the fine from $115,500 to $69,300. …

The settlement agreement combines similar violations, including two regarding laboratory exits and, separately, four centering on an inadequate chemical hygiene plan. The reduction in overall number of violations, which were assessed the maximum state penalty of $7,700 each, resulted in the reduced fine. The agreement also revised some wording in the violation descriptions.

Go read the story for more, including a list of the violations identified by HIOSH. The settlement agreement is posted here, and a copy of the original citation document with changes marked is here.

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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