Report released on New York high school fire
Jun27

Report released on New York high school fire

The New York Special Commissioner of Investigation yesterday released its report regarding the Beacon High School fire last January. The fire was widely reported to involve the “rainbow” flame test experiment. And indeed it did. And, as many suspected, this is what happened: Pool continued that, as she lit each Petri dish, a different color flame appeared. When the flames died out, the students asked Poole to conduct the...

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Trial postponed in UC Davis explosives case
Jun17

Trial postponed in UC Davis explosives case

Former University of California, Davis, chemist David Snyder was headed to trial next month on explosives, hazardous waste, and firearms charges stemming from a 2013 explosion in his campus apartment. The trial has now been postponed to fall, with motions to be heard on Sept. 12, a “trial setting conference” on Oct. 3, and the trial to start on Oct....

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Friday chemical safety round up
Jan17

Friday chemical safety round up

Chemical health and safety news from the past few weeks: In January’s Process Safety Beacon, corrosion under insulation, “which occurs due to water under insulation or fireproofing” AIChE’s Spring Meeting and 10th Global Congress on Process Safety will be held in New Orleans at the end of March BioRAFT’s is hosting a seminar at the end of January on Student Involvement in Improving the Culture of Safety...

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Friday chemical safety round up
Dec20

Friday chemical safety round up

Chemical health and safety news since Thanksgiving: Instead of tweet, a quote from a comment on Chemjobber’s post about high school chemistry demonstration accidents Yesterday I went and filled out the paperwork to teach Chemistry at the community college across the street as an adjunct. I was required to watch a 25 minute CD on safety. The sound did not work on the CD. I went and told the person that I was filling out the...

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Friday chemical safety round up
Nov22

Friday chemical safety round up

Chemical health and safety news from the past few weeks: Court watch On Nov. 20, UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran had a status check with the judge regarding felony charges of labor code violations that led to the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji. The result of that status check was another status check scheduled for Jan. 10, 2014. Harran’s preliminary hearing concluded on April 26. We’re going on two...

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What’s that ‘bright orange’ chemical?
Nov14

What’s that ‘bright orange’ chemical?

…so asked See Arr Oh last week, regarding Carol Anne Bond’s case before the Supreme Court. Bond tried to poison her husband’s mistress. For her efforts, she wound up convicted of violating the Chemical Weapons Convention(*). NPR seems to have caught See Arr Oh’s attention with this: Bond stole toxic chemicals from the chemical manufacturing company where she worked and ordered other chemicals over the Internet....

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