Unintended consequences: Exploding pianos
Sep10

Unintended consequences: Exploding pianos

From Periodic Videos, an old story about pianos, theatrical “flash pots,” and flour. “It was a really dumb idea,” says Martyn Poliakoff, a chemistry professor at the University of...

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Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD
Apr09

Chemical safety tidbits and papers, from OPRD

A tweet from Chemjobber that Organic Process Research & Development editor Trevor Laird is retiring at the end of the year made me realize that I forgot to highlight OPRD’s annual “Safety of Chemical Processes” section at the end of last year. Making up for the omission: Laird’s editorial: “There is a long way to go to educate and train to a high standard all chemists working in laboratories and...

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#Chemsafety at #ACSDallas
Mar12

#Chemsafety at #ACSDallas

The 247th ACS National Meeting starts on Sunday in Dallas, Tex. Here are the chemical and laboratory safety events that will be happening there. If you’d like a nicely-formatted version to print, check out CHAS-at-a-Glance. SUNDAY Division of Chemical Health & Safety executive committee meeting, open to all ACS members; 8:30 am-noon; Convention Center room D169 Ask Dr. Safety: Protecting reproductive health in the laboratory...

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How freight company Saia trains and monitors its drivers
Jan16

How freight company Saia trains and monitors its drivers

As seen in a variety of rail and truck incidents, chemical manufacturing sites are not the only places where hazardous chemicals can be a concern. Those chemicals often must transported safely to another facility. For trucking operations, safe transportation “starts with hiring the right drivers, training them correctly, and then monitoring them for performance,” says Karla Staver of Saia LTL Freight. Saia won an American Chemistry...

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Friday chemical safety round up
Nov01

Friday chemical safety round up

Chemical health and safety news from the past two weeks: Via in the Pipeline, a method for a flow method to generate diazomethane as you use it Chemjobber discussed using “coupons” to test whether a reaction and reactor are compatible Nitrocellulose won’t explode in a vacuum November’s AiChE Process Safety Beacon discusses process plant operations over holidays The Center for Public Integrity released a package...

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Attorneys will argue on three motions on Monday in case against Patrick Harran
Aug23

Attorneys will argue on three motions on Monday in case against Patrick Harran

With Michael Torrice On Monday, Aug. 26, University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick G. Harran is scheduled to appear in court for a hearing regarding felony charges of violating the state labor code. The charges stem from the death of research assistant Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji after a 2008 fire in Harran’s lab. Harran was initially charged in the case on Dec. 29, 2011. Preliminary hearing testimony was heard...

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