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Date: Thu, 15 Oct 2009 14:02:40 +0000
Sender: DCHAS-L Discussion List <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU>
Subject: Re: Baylor University evacuates science building after cyanide
Comments: To: List Moderator
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gs up an interesting point. Perhaps the "staff" who were in the know were n
ot allowed to speak to the local responders! At our institution, our Chem (
and Bio) dept staff have been repeatedly told that "we are not allowed to h
ave any contact with local fire agencies, etc" and that they (administratio
n) will exclusively deal with these outside groups.
Folsom Lake College
----- Original Message -----
ursday, October 15, 2009 4:30:43 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
: Re: [DCHAS-L] Baylor University evacuates science building after cyanide
, Steve <stephena**At_Symbol_Here**amgen.com>
Subject: RE: [DCHAS-L] Baylor University evacuates science build
after cyanide spill
Date: October 14, 2009 8:27:13 PM EDT
It appears that this
situation was created by an incomplete
understanding of the mean
ing of the term "cyanide=" in this context.
ey had called in an isovaleronitrile spill instead (same
, different name), they probably could have just cleared the
and cleaned up the spill wearing the appropriate respirator and
other PPE. The material has an NFPA health rating of 2, a boiling
point of 128 degrees C and an oral LD50 in mouse of 233 mg/kg.
anybody on staff at Baylor pull up the MSDS and try to work
emergency responders to ease their concerns? This
is a good reminder
that all chemical-using institutions, whether
academic or industrial,
should be trying to work with their local
responders to establish two-
way communication, so that the appropriat
e level of response can be
applied to each incident.
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