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Back in March, the The California Division of Occupational Safety &amp; Health (Cal/OSHA) levied $67,720 in fines against the the University of California, Los Angeles, Chemistry &amp; Biochemistry Department for laboratory health and safety violations identified during inspections last fall. UCLA appealed the citations. Cal/OSHA and the university reached an agreement on the citations at the end of September, consolidating some of the citations and reducing the fines to $36,690.

Most of the agreement involves decreasing the fines by increasing the =93good faith=94 component of the penalty calculation, but there are also two other things of interest: One is what happened regarding the the department=92s chemical hygiene officer (CHO), who Cal/OSHA called unqualified. The second is is that a =93repeat=94 citation for lack of training was reduced to =93serious.=94 Cal/OSHA previously cited UCLA for lack of training in the death of Sheri Sangji.

In assessing penalties, Cal/OSHA can consider a number of factors: the extent of the problem; the likelihood of injury, illness, or disease; the size of the employer; any history of previous violations; and the =93good faith=94 of the employer. According to the regulation, good faith =93is based upon the quality and extent of the safety program the employer has in effect and operating. It includes the employer=92s awareness of CAL/OSHA, and any indications of the employer=92s desire to comply with the Act, by specific displays of accomplishments.=94



Producing biodiesel is a relatively easy and straightforward process, but handling and containing the various hazardous chemicals it involves should not be taken lightly. Common chemicals found at a plant, such as methanol, can leave plants vulnerable to fires and explosions if the equipment isn=92t properly designed within state, local and municipal fire codes. Additionally, plant personnel are expected and required to go through extensive chemical spill and fire response training in order to help preserve property, and personnel safety, in accordance to Occupational Safety and Health Administration and International Fire Code standards, along with other supporting local or state safety protocols.



APEX, N.C. =97 For Wake County residents along Ten-Ten Road, the memory of a chemical fire and explosion an Apex hazardous waste plant in 2006 is fresh enough to create worries about a planned expansion at Motiva Enterprises.

Tankers that supply gas stations with fuel get their load from Motiva. About 75 trucks a day fill up from the gasoline stored in six large, white tanks at the property.

A plan to build an additional, even larger tank as met with opposition from neighbors.

Karin Evanoff, a resident of the Southchase subdivision across Ten-Ten Road from Motiva, said, "To have such a site close to Ten-Ten Road is a very frightening thought.

"Knowing they're wanting to do this, right across the street from a huge neighborhood, half mile from two schools, is just simply incompatible," said Evanoff. "I don't know how many of us would be left if that thing blew."

Eddie Wilson, manager of Fast Lube Plus next door to Motiva, said the expansion and added traffic could put the brakes on his business.

"I don't think as many customers would want to be coming in here with tanker trucks being out front," he said.



TWO people - including a fire fighter - have been taken to hospital following the discovery of a suspected drug lab at a Hillcrest home.

Police, paramedics and the fire brigade were called to the County St home at about 9.30pm following reports a woman had collapsed inside.

She was taken from the house unconscious.

Soon after, a fire fighter who responded to the call was taken to hospital having been exposed to an "unknown chemical".



KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas City, Kan. fire crews and a hazardous materials team spent hours investigating an apartment alarm at 1742 S. 40th Street Thursday that turned out to be a resident who had attempted to make their own bug spray.
KCK fire spokesman Craig Duke had initially said an "illicit drug lab" was at the center of the high-rise complex, called Douglas Heights Apartments.
The sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth floors of the apartment building were evacuated. No injuries have been reported in the incident. Residents have been taken to the Argentine Community Center while the building was being examined.
Fire officials said chemical fumes from an apartment on the seventh floor triggered a fire alarm. Fire officials found chemicals originally believed to be part of a methamphetamine lab inside an apartment, but came to a different conclusion after questioning a woman who was inside the apartment.


ALPHARETTA LAW FIRM BUILDING EVACUATED, local_news/Alpharetta-Law-Firm-Building-Evacuated-20101118-am-sd

ALPHARETTA, Ga. - An Alpharetta law firm was evacuated Thursday morning after four people complained of unidentified symptoms, say authorities.

Alpharetta authorities say they are running a HAZMAT operation to determine the source of the complaints at the Promise Solutions Law Firm on old Alabama Road.

Authorities say the four people who complained of symptoms refused to be transported to a hospital.



TABERG =97 A fire department Hazmat team responded Wednesday to the residence at Pond Hill Estates where a fugitive was taken into custody on a warrant Tuesday.

The team was called to secure the site before state police investigators went inside.

State Police at Marcy Capt. Francis S. Coots said the apartment was believed to have been "some kind of illegal drug lab," and the state police requested the Hazmat team respond to secure any chemicals.

"It was to conduct an analysis of everything (inside) and to make sure everything was secured," Coots said. "We don=92t know if it was a methamphetamine lab, but some items and chemicals were found there that led us to believe there may have been one."

Police picking up two men on outstanding arrest warrants Tuesday morning encountered suspicious smoke and possible chemicals at Pond Hill Estates, prompting the evacuation of all residents. Neighbors in the six-unit apartment building at 3275 Pond Hill Road said police knocked on their doors at about 9:30 a.m. and told them one of the apartments was possibly running a meth lab with chemicals and that they were evacuating the building.

Authorities said that two aggressive pit bulls in one of the apartments added to the delay in apprehending a suspect. Suspect Jarrott Marino, 29, had also attempted to barricade himself inside the residence and started a fire, investigators said.


4 WORKERS INJURED IN BLAZE AT DERA BASSI CHEMICAL FACTORY, kers-injured-in-blaze-at-Dera-Bassi-chemical-factory/712291/

A Major fire broke out on the premises of Anuja Health Care, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, situated at Industrial Focal Point in Dera Bassi on Tuesday evening, leaving four factory workers seriously injured and gutting building, machinery and chemicals worth lakhs of rupees.

The cause of fire could not be ascertained as yet and investigations are on. Four fire tenders from Dera Bassi, Mohali and Chandigarh took two hours to douse the raging inferno.

Factory owner KR Jain disclosed that it was at around 5.45 pm when chemical stored in plastic drums caught fire from a spark emanated from a reactor in the production plant on the second floor of the building. Within no time, the chemical fire engulfed the entire unit and four workers working at that time could not find way to run out.


LARGE CHEMICAL SPILL SPARKS EVACUATION | NATIONAL - REGIONAL | BIGPOND NEWS, cles/National-Regional/2010/11/17/Large_chemical_spill_sparks_evacuation_5 40440.html

Businesses have been evacuated and fire crews remain on standby after thousands of litres of acid spilled at a southeast Queensland business.

The Department of Community Services says up to five-thousand litres of hydrochloric acid leaked from a storage container at a Toowoomba business this morning.

It says firefighters have contained the substance, which is now being pumped into a truck to be taken away.

A number of businesses in the area have been evacuated.


CTV OTTAWA- YMCA-YWCA REOPENS AFTER GAS LEAK - CTV NEWS, l/CTVNews/20101117/OTT_YMCA_Leak_101117/20101117/?hub=OttawaHome

The downtown YMCA-YWCA on Argyle Street has reopened after a freon gas leak evacuated about 200 people from the building Wednesday, sending swimmers onto the street in their bathing suits.

The leak was detected in a mechanical room on the third floor of the building where sub-contractors were working to remove asbestos at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The building reopened just after 1 p.m.

Seven workers were assessed at the scene, and three were sent to hospital to be treated for injuries.



Lafayette Law and Hazmat officials are on the scene of a meth lab this morning.

It happened shortly after 3:00am when law officials received a call of suspicious actively at the Bell Down apartments on the 400 block of Guilbeau Road.

After entering the apartment law officials found a meth lab. Many surrounding apartments have been evacuated this morning and the suspects are being interviewed at a different location at this time.



Traffic on Route 17 North in Rochelle Park was snarled for miles as a result of an accident between a gas tanker truck and a Lexus SUV around 3 p.m. on Nov. 10. Firefighters from Maywood and the Bergen County Hazmat team helped Rochelle Park clean up more than 40 gallons of diesel fuel that was spilled onto the highway. There were no serious injuries.



The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department initially responded to a hazmat spill at 4:29 on the campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin Loading Dock. The Wauwatosa Fire Department Hazmat Unit responded, and determined a 300 gallon container of formaldehyde ruptured.


HAZMAT SITUATION PROMPTS NAUSEA, SICKNESS IN THERMAL COMMUNITY - KPSP LOCAL 2, http://www.kpsplocal2.c om/mostpopular/story/Hazmat-Situation-Prompts-Nausea-Sickness-in/JabPcWnA3 EmdudzMXDb89w.cspx

Eight people have been hospitalized and several more have complained of pain after a hazmat situation broke out in Thermal Wednesday morning.

Jody Hagemann of the Riverside County Fire Department says the eight were taken to local hospital after breathing in some sort of unidentified fumes in the area of the Oasis Date Gardens, near Grapefruit Blvd. and 60th Avenue. Most of those people were complaining of minor nausea, Hagemann said.

The incident was first reported at 8:25 a.m., and as of 10:35 a.m., the Hazardous Materials Team and Environmental Health officials had still not located the source of the fumes, according to fire officials.  After testing the air quality, everything appeared normal.


Working with nanomaterials

As nanotechnology marches from the boundaries of laboratories to the home of a consumer, safety concerns should not be overshadowed by the success of the technology. A recent review article by Joseph H. Lavoie, a chemical engineer at the U.S. Army=92s Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, tackles the safety concerns of nanomaterials in manufacturing and consumer products (Proc. Saf. Prog., DOI: 10.1002/prs.10388).

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