Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 07:57:33 -0400
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From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety"

Subject: Boston College incident follow up

Gail asked me to pass this along to the list as background for some of 
the discussion occurring here. I would also note that there is a lot of 
speculation about the event in the media and blog-world; a summary can 
be found at

- Ralph 

From: Gail Hall 
Date: Jun 27 2011

The Chemistry Department and EHS at Boston College train every graduate 
student initially and annually to call Campus Safety in the event of an 
emergency. There are signs at every phone. There is even a question on 
the quiz that they have to take to get their keys. 

At the moment we are still collecting information and don't have a cause 
for the explosion or a reason that the student acted as she did.  We 
seem to have had our share of learning opportunities in the past 18 
months, and I will share our hypotheses and/or conclusions on this one 
when we have been able to fully research the matter.  I hate to think I 
have enough material for an article in JCHAS, but it's beginning to look 
that way.

In the meantime, if anyone has any ideas about sources of pictograms to 
help communicate certain things to students for whom English is the 
second language, we'd appreciate the information.


Gail Hall
Director, EH&S
Boston College

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