Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 08:47:04 -0400
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From: Kim Auletta <kauletta**At_Symbol_Here**NOTES.CC.SUNYSB.EDU>
Subject: Additional information: Re: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety Headlines
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Here's to follow -up to this story:

First, you need to understand the word for the day:  Synchronicity is the 
experience of two or more events, that are apparently causally unrelated 
or unlikely to occur together by chance, that are observed to occur 
together in a meaningful manner.

A waste container with hydrochloric acid in the fume hood was not tightly 
closed. The fume hood alarm was out of calibration. The fume hood was 
turned off for the night. The electricity went out & then came back on a 
few minutes later from an electrical storm (resetting the alarm). It was 
record breaking heat & humidity last week. The police officers walked by 
the lab after the storm & heard the alarm and entered to investigate. 

No one was injured - the officers were checked out & released. There was 
no "leak". There was no chlorine (just the vapors in the room from the 
HCl, which quickly dissipated once the fume hood was turned back on). But 
the Level A Hazmat decon made really nice pictures in the paper on a slow 

Lots of other little things also added up (vacations for people who knew 
the lab, etc) to create an "EVENT".


Tags: us_NY, laboratory, release, injury, unknown_chemical

Hazardous material crews left the Marine Science Center at Stony Brook 
Southampton at around noon on Friday, eight hours after they were called 
to the scene to investigate the odor of leaking gas.

Investigators still have not determined the source of the odor, or the 
type of gas that was detected, according to officials with the college and 
the Southampton Fire Department.

"Everyone has cleared out," said Southampton Fire Department Captain Chris 
Brenner on Friday afternoon. "The road is reopen," he added, referring to 
Little Neck Road near the campus, which had been closed since early this 

HazMat crews from Southampton Town, East Hampton Town and Brookhaven 
National Laboratory all responded to the Shinnecock Hills campus, which is 
owned by Stony Brook University, at around 3:30 a.m. after two campus 
police officers were "initially overcome by fumes" when investigating an 
alarm, according to Southampton Fire Department Chief Rodney Pierson. 
Firefighting crews from Southampton, Bridgehampton, North Sea and Hampton 
Bays responded to the call.

Kim Auletta
Lab Safety Specialist
EH&S    Z=6200
Stony Brook University
FAX: 631-632-9683
EH&S Web site:

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