Friday chemical safety round-up

Chemical health and safety news from the past week:

  • Chemjobber posted about safety signs
  • OSHA cited Bostik for 50 safety violations (9 willful, 41 serious; pdf1, pdf2) and fined the company $917,000 in the case of a March explosion that injured four workers:

    Specifically, OSHA found that the process safety information for the solvation process was incomplete. The employer’s analysis of hazards related to the process did not address previous incidents with a potential for catastrophic results, such as forklifts that struck process equipment, and did not address human factors such as operator error, communication between shift changes and employee fatigue from excessive overtime. In addition, the company did not ensure that a forklift and electrical equipment, such as a light fixture, switches and a motor, were approved for use in Class 1 hazardous locations where flammable gases or vapors are present.

  • A few drops of water ignited a jar of sodium hydride at the University of Reading, in the U.K.; the student then dropped the jar, the fire burnt part of the floor, and the room filled with some sort of gas

Fires and explosions:

Leaks, spills, and other exposures:

Not covered: meth labs; ammonia leaks; incidents involving floor sealants, cleaning solutions, or pool chemicals; and fires from oil, natural gas, or other fuels

Author: Jyllian Kemsley

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  1. @CJ–Wow, I’d really like to know what happened to set off 6,000, 1-liter bottles at once.

    (Sorry for the delay in posting your comment–it was inexplicably caught in the spam filter.)