Ralph, Really, this is a great and good thing that you have done. Obviously it's a lot of work on your part and I'm sure that many people appreciate the information. But especially, as time passes, the accumulated summary -- such as this one that you have prepared -- will prove to be very useful indeed. Thank you Ralph, for doing this nice favor for all the rest of us. Jay ----- Original Message ----- From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety"
To: Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 3:31 PM Subject: [DCHAS-L] Google chemical health and safety events summary > I've been sending headlines from google about chemical health and safety > events since February 1, so we're finishing the first three months of that > habit. I thought I would provide a quick summary of the statistics I was > able to easily generate from this data. If you're interested in exploring > the information that's been gathered, you can use the filtering functions > at > http://delicious.com/acsdchas/ > to focus on particular kinds of events. Anyway, the brief numbers are: > > Time period: Feb 1 to April 30 2010 > > 314 incidents reported by google; the search terms varied slightly during > that period but are becoming more standardized. > 233 of the events reported occurred in U.S. > > Type of Event > 67 fires > 53 explosions > 38 spills > 28 leaks > > Sector of Event > 106 in industry > 41 in transportation > 41 illegal activities > 35 in labs > 36 at home > > Consequence > 124 public responses were the highest consequence reported > 74 report injuries > 30 report death > > Chemicals involved: > (This is the hardest category; I began trying to identify this from the > media report about half way through the time period studied and the media > is not always trustworthy in this respect) > 29 unknown chemicals involved > 6 cleaning chemicals > 4 formaldehyde > 4 agricultural chemicals > 4 ethanol > > This is still an experimental issue, but I think useful in providing some > context for discussions about chemical safety issues and particularly in > terms of gathering anecdotes for educational purposes. > > Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for improving this > effort. > > - Ralph > > Ralph Stuart > secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org > Secretary > Division of Chemical Health and Safety > American Chemical Society >
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