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Table of Contents (22 articles)

NATURE NEWS BLOG: INTERNATIONAL SURVEY ON LABORATORY SAFETY LAUNCHED
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, death

UC CENTER FOR LAB SAFETY, BIORAFT, AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP LAUNCH SURVEY TO STUDY LABORATORY SAFETY
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, response

HAZMAT CREWS CALLED TO QUEENSGATE MSD PLANT ON GEST ST
Tags: us_OH, public, release, response, chlorine

STANLEY AVE. REOPENS AFTER TANKER SPILL
Tags: us_OH, transportation, release, environmental, ethanol

HAZMAT SPILL CLOSES PARTS OF I-70
Tags: us_CO, transportation, release, response, flammables

CHEMICAL SPILLING FROM FED EX BIG RIG SHUT DOWN PART OF I-10 NEAR FM 1463 FOR HOURS OVERNIGHT
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, response, sodium_hydroxide

HAZMAT CREWS CONTAIN LETHAL CHEMICALS NEAR APARTMENTS
Tags: us_IN, public, release, injury, suicide

PHILADELPHIA NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS FROM WTXF FOX 29
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, response, carbon_monoxide

BREAKING NEWS, SPORTS AND WEATHER FOR THE HARRISBURG -YORK -LANCASTER -LEBANON PENNSYLVANIA AREA
Tags: us_PA, laboratory, discovery, response, picric_acid, time-sensitive

THOUSANDS SUE BP OVER TEXAS CITY EMISSIONS
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, response, toxics

FIRE CAUSES ESTIMATED $10,000 DAMAGE TO UI LABORATORY IN RANTOUL
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, fire, response, solvent

FOX2NOW.COM - ST. LOUIS NEWS & WEATHER FROM KTVI TELEVISION FOX2
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, response, ammonia

CHEMICALS SPILLED IN CAR IN FISHERS
Tags: us_IN, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

CHEMICAL POURED DOWN GARBAGE CHUTE SPARK APARTMENT BLOCK FIRE
Tags: Canada, public, fire, response, chlorine

ONE INJURED IN EXPLOSION IN PRINCETON, IL
Tags: us_IL, public, explosion, injury, hydraulic_fluid

DOW JONES: EXXONMOBIL: SMALL FIRE AT CALIF. REFINERY HAD NO IMPACT ON PRODUCTION
Tags: us_CA, industrial, fire, response

CHEMICAL MIXTURE FORCES EVACUATION OF DOUGLAS COUNTY WALMART
Tags: us_GA, public, explosion, response, cleaners

INJURIES REPORTED IN DANGEROUS CHEMICAL LEAK IN NEW MEMPHIS, ILLINOIS
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, injury, ammonia

UPDATE 3-TOTAL'S PORT ARTHUR REFINERY UNAFFECTED BY BRIEF FIRE
Tags: us_TX, industrial, fire, response, petroleum

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS INSTITUTE LABORATORY EXPLOSION INJURES DRIVER
Tags: us_TX, laboratory, explosion, response, unknown_chemical, metals

RECOGNIZING HAZARDS: GHS FOR THE BENCH CHEMIST
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental

CREATING SAFETY CULTURES IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental


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NATURE NEWS BLOG: INTERNATIONAL SURVEY ON LABORATORY SAFETY LAUNCHED
http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/06/international-survey-on-laboratory-safety-launched.html
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, death

The death of Sheharbano Sangji in 2008, following a fire in the chemistry department at the University of California, Los Angeles, triggered calls to improve academia's safety standards not just at UCLA, but across the United States. Similar concerns were voiced last year when a young undergraduate student, Michele Dufault, died at Yale University. And when the US Chemical Safety Board reviewed the state of academic lab safety after a non-fatal accident at TexasTech University in Lubbock in 2009, it concluded that "Safety practices at US universities leave a lot to be desired".

But for every sober analysis of academia's safety standards, there was also a riposte: aren't academics much safer now than they were in the 1950s and 60s? Wouldn't stringent regulations hamper the freedoms of academic research - and what is the right balance to be struck?

Social scientists have tried to address these questions, but one problem is that, perhaps surprisingly, there isn't much evidence available on laboratory safety cultures. As a Nature editorial, "Accidents in waiting" noted last year: "For years, environmental health and safety officers have complained that there is no good source of consistent data on laboratory accidents, which could be studied to determine effective safety interventions."

Now a survey is being launched (press release) to study researchers' attitudes to lab safety. It has sprung from UCLA's ‘Center for Laboratory Safety', which launched last March April* and was billed as the first in the US to develop ways to improve scientists' approach to safety. At the time, many people I spoke to were far from convinced that this centre would have the resources to push the field forwards. (Its launch is just one of the many measures UCLA has taken since Sangji's death: the university has toughened its safety policies and faced federal fines of some $70,000; while Sangji's supervisor, the organic chemist Patrick Harran, and the University of California, are currently facing criminal charges).

Still, it is the first international survey I'm aware of that has tried to address the question - so I would encourage readers to spend 15 minutes taking the survey (here). It is anonymous, so no-one can be identified; though there is an option to provide email addresses for follow-up.

Nature Publishing Group (NPG, which publishes this blog along with Nature.com) is joining with UCLA to launch the survey, together with the company BioRAFT, which provides software for safety compliance and itself has investment from Digital Science, owned by NPG's parent company Macmillan.

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UC CENTER FOR LAB SAFETY, BIORAFT, AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP LAUNCH SURVEY TO STUDY LABORATORY SAFETY
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/6/prweb9603797.htm
Tags: us_CA, laboratory, follow-up, response

The University of California Center for Laboratory Safety, BioRAFT, and Nature Publishing Group have joined forces to launch an international survey to identify issues impacting laboratory safety. The survey invites tens of thousands of researchers to anonymously answer questions about lab safety practices and attitudes. The results will provide information needed to design policies and lab safety programs that protect researchers from harm without unduly impacting their work, that reduce institutional risk, and that can be used to develop software solutions that ease compliance oversight and management.
The survey asks questions about types of materials used in research, training practices and policies, and attitudes and beliefs about existing safety practices and their impact on research. Researchers who do not receive a direct invitation are encouraged to complete the survey at go.nature.com/7LDJlI. Institution leaders who wish to contribute are urged to distribute this press release to their research community.
Laboratory safety practices are coming under increased scrutiny following several accidents that have resulted in injuries or death. Many institutions implement or alter policies with the intent of improving laboratory safety, but without independent evidence and an understanding of existing culture, they cannot ensure that they are achieving the desired results. This survey is the first step to gather data required to study these issues more closely, and to better understand the reality of modern-day lab safety from the perspective of the researcher.
The survey builds off of existing work and interest of each of the collaborators:

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HAZMAT CREWS CALLED TO QUEENSGATE MSD PLANT ON GEST ST
http://www.fox19.com/story/18794545/hazmat-crews-called-to-west-end-msd-facility
Tags: us_OH, public, release, response, chlorine

Hazmat crews were called to a Queensgate Metropolitan Sewer District facility at the 1600 block of Gest Street Thursday night just before 11 p.m. on reports of a chemical spill.

Emergency officials believe the substance to be either a water-chlorine mixture or a bleach mixture.

No one has been reported injured. Police on the scene said no employees were inside the building where the chemicals were contained.

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STANLEY AVE. REOPENS AFTER TANKER SPILL
http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/local/hazmat-called-overturned-tanker-leaking-ethanol/nPTRN/
Tags: us_OH, transportation, release, environmental, ethanol

DAYTON, Ohio — Stanley Avenue was reopened in both directions at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday after crews were able to clean up gallons of Ethanol that spilled from a tanker truck that overturned hours earlier.
Dayton District Chief Rennes Bowers said that a mix of water and Ethanol fuel estimated at 400 to 500 gallons was contained in the mop-up stage of the cleanup. The tanker truck crashed near the Interstate 75 overpass at about 2:15 p.m.
Ohio EPA was on scene because some of the Ethanol is believed to have escaped into the city's sewer system because of the flushing that occurred in the emptying of the tanker.

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HAZMAT SPILL CLOSES PARTS OF I-70
http://kdvr.com/2012/06/14/hazmat-spill-closes-parts-of-i-70/
Tags: us_CO, transportation, release, response, flammables

GENESSEE — A flammable liquid spill from a semi rollover accident closed eastbound near Lookout Mountain Thursday afternoon.

The driver of the semi, whose name and company has not been released, may be cited for the crash.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, one of the vehicle's seven totes broke open, spilling approximately 400 gallons of liquid onto the interstate.

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CHEMICAL SPILLING FROM FED EX BIG RIG SHUT DOWN PART OF I-10 NEAR FM 1463 FOR HOURS OVERNIGHT
http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=8700704
Tags: us_TX, transportation, release, response, sodium_hydroxide

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A chemical spill caused a big backup on the Katy Freeway for hours overnight.

A Fed Ex semi-truck was travelling westbound near FM 1463 around midnight when the driver noticed liquid spilling from the vehicle. It turned out to be a 55-gallon drum of sodium hydroxide that was leaking, spilling all over the road and packages on board.

The westbound lanes were partially closed four hours as HazMat crews cleaned the spill. The accident was cleared at 4:30am.

Sodium hydroxide is found in many cleaning pro

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HAZMAT CREWS CONTAIN LETHAL CHEMICALS NEAR APARTMENTS
http://www.theindychannel.com/news/31190189/detail.html
Tags: us_IN, public, release, injury, suicide

FISHERS, Ind. -- Hazmat crews were working to contain fumes at a Fishers apartment complex Thursday after a person tried to commit suicide using a lethal chemical mixture, fire officials said.
The incident happened just after 6 a.m. at a complex near State Road 37 and 126th Street.
Fire officials said a person tried to commit suicide by mixing several chemicals in a car in the complex's parking lot.
The person was pulled from the car, decontaminated and taken to Methodist Hospital.
Hazmat crews taped off a large area of the complex's parking lot as they worked to control fumes and dispose of the chemicals.
"Residents of the apartment complex who need to leave and can do so without entering the area taped off may do so. Areas inside the taped-off area are considered unsafe for unprotected people to enter," said Ron Lipps with the Fishers Fire Department

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PHILADELPHIA NEWS, WEATHER AND SPORTS FROM WTXF FOX 29
http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/18785668/dozens-of-people-in-darby-delaware-county-are-hoping-to-go-back-home-thursday-morning-after-they-were-evacuated-because-of-a-carbon-monoxide-leak
Tags: us_PA, public, fire, response, carbon_monoxide

DARBY, Pa. -
Dozens of people in Darby, Delaware County, are hoping to go back home Thursday morning after they were evacuated because of a carbon-monoxide leak.

People along the 800 block of Main Street were told they had to find another place to stay Wednesday night.

An underground wire caught on fire, sending the dangerous chemical spewing into the air and into their homes.

Crews worked overnight to fix the problem and they hope to have it shored up and electricity restored by Thursday morning.

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BREAKING NEWS, SPORTS AND WEATHER FOR THE HARRISBURG -YORK -LANCASTER -LEBANON PENNSYLVANIA AREA
http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/UPDATE-Explosive-chemical-found-inside-Dept-of-Ag/jz7JIOM470a8yo8EnCHbTg.cspx
Tags: us_PA, laboratory, discovery, response, picric_acid, time-sensitive

Multiple police agencies, including the bomb squad, surrounded the State Department of Agriculture building, for hours Thursday night, trying to remove a highly explosive chemical from a lab inside.

Using a robot, they were successfully able to remove the chemical from the building and then around 9:30 p.m. you could feel the loud boom as they buried, then detonated the chemical at a field close by on Cameron Street.

While doing some inventory, an employee found a one-pound container of a chemical called picric acid on a shelf, in a plant lab inside the agriculture building. It looked like it had been left there after being used to test plants.

It's not highly explosive when in water. However, the chemical was found dry and crystalized.

"Since the chemical has crystalized, we called Department of General Services," stated Department of Agriculture Press Secretary Samantha Krepps. "And we told them we had this chemical, they told us to evacuate the building we did so at 445 p.m."

Everything wrapped up safely. No injuries are reported.

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THOUSANDS SUE BP OVER TEXAS CITY EMISSIONS
http://fuelfix.com/blog/2012/06/14/thousands-sue-bp-over-texas-city-emissions/
Tags: us_TX, industrial, follow-up, response, toxics

More than 50,000 people have filed suit against BP, claiming they suffered ill health after the oil giant allegedly released thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals at its Texas City refinery in 2010, according to The Galveston County Daily News.

According to the newspaper, 53,800 people have signed onto a class-action lawsuit against BP, making it the largest number of plaintiffs in a single lawsuit in county history.

Texas Windstorm Insurance was sued by more than 9,000 people after Hurricane Ike.

The lawsuit claims residents suffered ill health effects as a result of a faulty compressor that forced BP to release more than 500,000 pounds of toxic chemicals. The deadline to file a claim passed in May of this year.

Dozens of people interviewed by The Houston Chronicle in 2010 complained of allergic reactions, sinus infections, headaches, nosebleeds and other symptoms.

Linda Laver said in 2010 that she was in perfect health until she developed an abscessed sinus infection, gall bladder failure and pneumonia.

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FIRE CAUSES ESTIMATED $10,000 DAMAGE TO UI LABORATORY IN RANTOUL
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/courts-police-and-fire/2012-06-08/fire-causes-estimated-10000-damage-ui-laboratory-rantoul.html
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, fire, response, solvent

RANTOUL — Rantoul Fire Chief Ken Waters says a fire early Friday evening caused an estimated $10,000 damage to the University of Illinois Advanced Transportation and Research Engineering Laboratory.

No injuries were reported.

Waters said the damage was largely limited to a single room at the facility, located at 1611 Titan Drive on the former Chanute Air Force Base. He said the rest of the lab could return to regular operations later this weekend.

According to a fire department report, people were mixing solvents and other chemicals in an aluminum container and heating it with an electric burner when the mixture ignited at about 6:15 p.m..

When Rantoul firefighters arrived at the scene, Waters said the facility's sprinkler system was already putting out the fire, but there was a lot of black smoke.

Waters said approximately four people at the laboratory were evacuated from the facility.

Firefighters shut off some valves, opened up a drain, put salvage covers on some equipment and had the fire under control by 6:25 p.m.

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FOX2NOW.COM - ST. LOUIS NEWS & WEATHER FROM KTVI TELEVISION FOX2
http://fox2now.com/2012/06/13/hazmat-scare-overnight-in-new-baden-il/
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, response, ammonia

NEW BADEN, IL (KTVI) - A hazardous materials leak overnight in New Baden, IL. Around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, a farmer on his tractor was pulling two tanks of anhydrous ammonia. Suddenly he caught a whiff of the chemical leaking and then noticed a vapor cloud behind him.
He called officials who sent a Hazmat team to assess and block off the area. No one was evacuated, but area residents were told to stay inside their homes with windows closed until the vapor cloud disappeared.
At one point, the clean up crews scrambled to safety when the winds shifted and started to blow the potentially dangerous gas towards them.

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CHEMICALS SPILLED IN CAR IN FISHERS
http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/hamilton_county/chemical-spill-investigation-in-fishers
Tags: us_IN, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

ishers apartment complex Thursday morning after a chemical spill inside a vehicle.

The incident happened at Sunlake Apartments. Fishers Fire Department officials said a suicidal person spilled the chemical mixture in a vehicle. The person was decontaminated and taken to an Indianapolis hospital.

No one else was injured, and residents were not evacuated. Fire officials said the chemicals were everyday household products that react when combined

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CHEMICAL POURED DOWN GARBAGE CHUTE SPARK APARTMENT BLOCK FIRE
http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calgary/Chemical+poured+down+garbage+chute+starts+fire+apartment+block/6776768/story.html
Tags: Canada, public, fire, response, chlorine

CALGARY — Hazardous materials crews were called to an apartment in the Connaught area on Wednesday morning after chemicals were dumped down a garbage chute, reacted with the rubbish and started a fire.

Crews arrived at the building in the 1000 block of 10th Street S.W. around 6 a.m. to respond to a fire.

"Upon further investigation, it was determined a dry chemical was dropped down the garbage chute itself," said fire department spokesman Jayson Doyscher.

"It reacted with some material in the garbage and started the fire."

The chemical was later determined to be a chlorine disinfectant-type substance, Doyscher said.

The fire was confined to the chute and quickly extinguished.

Some floors were temporarily evacuated due to smoke, but no one was injured.

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ONE INJURED IN EXPLOSION IN PRINCETON, IL
http://www.bcrnews.com/2012/06/13/one-injured-in-explosion/afbgk46/
Tags: us_IL, public, explosion, injury, hydraulic_fluid

PRINCETON — One person was injured Wednesday morning following an explosion at the Bureau County Highway Department.

Princeton Fire Chief John Petrakis said his department was dispatched at 8:50 a.m. with the report of an explosion, including one individual with injuries.

When the fire department and ambulance arrived, there was no sign of fire, smoke or any chemical hazard.

Petrakis said the injured employee, whose name has not been released, was working in the shop area. He apparently was using some type of cutting tool to remove the top of a 55-gallon steel drum. Petrakis said the drum was empty, but at one time it had held hydraulic oil.

The employee was transported to Perry Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

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DOW JONES: EXXONMOBIL: SMALL FIRE AT CALIF. REFINERY HAD NO IMPACT ON PRODUCTION
http://news.morningstar.com/all/dow-jones/market-digest/201206121603/000513/exxonmobil-small-fire-at-calif-refinery-had-no-impact-on-production.aspx
Tags: us_CA, industrial, fire, response

Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM) on Tuesday said a small fire on Monday afternoon at its Torrance, Calif., refinery was quickly extinguished by the plant's on-site fire brigade.

No one was injured as a result of the fire and there was no impact to production, Exxon Mobil representative Gesuina Paras said.
"The cause of the event is under investigation," Paras added.

On June 4, Exxon Mobil said several process units at the 149,500-barrels-a-day refinery were being shut for several weeks of planned maintenance. Hydrogen units, a pretreater and a coker unit are among the units slated for work, Paras said at that time.

News of the fire and maintenance un

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CHEMICAL MIXTURE FORCES EVACUATION OF DOUGLAS COUNTY WALMART
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/story/18771265/douglas-county-a
Tags: us_GA, public, explosion, response, cleaners

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga. -
Douglas County police say a mixture of cleaning chemicals forced the evacuation of a Walmart store on Thornton Road overnight Monday.

The mixture caused some sort of explosion.

No one was hurt.

Crews used fans to clear out the fumes and the store re-opened shortly after

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INJURIES REPORTED IN DANGEROUS CHEMICAL LEAK IN NEW MEMPHIS, ILLINOIS
http://www.kmov.com/home/Crews-work-to-fix-dagnerous-chemical-leak-in-New-Memphis-Illinois--158840745.html
Tags: us_IL, transportation, release, injury, ammonia

(KMOV)-- Emergency crews worked overnight to stop a dangerous chemical leak in New Memphis, Illinois. The leak has been contained but the chemical is still in the atmosphere.
Authorities say an anhydrous ammonia leak started just after midnight at Route 177-160 in New Memphis. Residents in the area report some sort of cloud forming over the town from the leak.
20 families in the area have been told to stay inside and turn off their air conditioners.
Two emergency responders were injured while on the scene of this incident. They were treated and are expected to survive.
No word on what caused this leak at this time. Two tanks were being towed by a tractor trailer, one tank had the leak. The tractor driver noticed the leak and called emergency crews.

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UPDATE 3-TOTAL'S PORT ARTHUR REFINERY UNAFFECTED BY BRIEF FIRE
http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL5E8HD90A20120613
Tags: us_TX, industrial, fire, response, petroleum

June 13 (Reuters) - A small fire near a loading dock at the Total Petrochemicals 232,000 barrel-per-day Port Arthur, Texas refinery early Wednesday was doused in 15 minutes and had no apparent effect on operations, the fire department said.

Company spokesman Tim Coffy termed the fire "non-operational" with no offsite impact.

"Since the equipment was near a loading dock, there were no production units affected," Troy Irvine, public information officer at the Port Arthur fire department, said in an email.

A bulldozer in the loading dock area was on fire when firefighters arrived and the cause appeared to be fuel leaking from a fuel line, Irvine said.

The fire began about 3:20 a.m. local time Wednesday, according to a message on a community line.

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS INSTITUTE LABORATORY EXPLOSION INJURES DRIVER
http://www.firehouse.com/news/10728683/blast-at-texas-research-lab-injures-passing-driver
Tags: us_TX, laboratory, explosion, response, unknown_chemical, metals

LEANDER, Texas -- An explosion at a laboratory run by a University of Texas institute doing research for the U.S. Army sent shrapnel flying, injuring a driver on North Bagdad Road in Leander on Tuesday.

The driver, a man, was taken to St. David's Round Rock Medical Center with minor injuries, UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said.

The laboratory, run by the University of Texas Institute for Advanced Technology, does research on high-velocity projectiles and their impact upon targets, said Gary Susswein, a UT spokesman.

It has been operating in a leased metal building on North Bagdad Road in Leander for 20 years, he said. The laboratory was originally located in Leander because "it was isolated from the more populated areas," Susswein said. "Clearly the area around the facility has grown over the last few years."

He declined to provide further details about the work done at the laboratory but said the facility didn't have guards.

The institute, which has received $100 million in research grants, had never had an accident at the laboratory before Tuesday, he said.

The explosion happened when equipment failed and gas was released from a pressurized line, Weldon said. Four or five employees were inside the building when the explosion happened, but they were uninjured, she said. The explosion ripped apart the building and raised the roof, Weldon said.

Firefighters evacuated people after the explosion from a metal business next to the lab and a day care and senior activity center down the street.

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RECOGNIZING HAZARDS: GHS FOR THE BENCH CHEMIST
http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i24/Recognizing-Hazards.html
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration released in March a long-awaited update to its Hazard Communication Standard, the regulation that determines how chemical safety information is relayed to workers. The revisions will bring to scientists in the U.S. new safety data sheets and new labeling—including a set of nine hazard-alerting pictograms that lab workers should memorize.
The revised standard will create more consistency in how chemical information is communicated, said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis when she announced the final standard. Whereas the previous standard focused on performance—manufacturers could create labels and material safety data sheets however they wanted, as long as they included required information—the revised standard is more prescriptive. Labels must contain specific hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard and precautionary statements, and product and supplier identification information. Safety data sheets (SDSs; "material" is now dropped) must follow a uniform format with a set outline.

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CREATING SAFETY CULTURES IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS
http://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i24/Creating-Safety-Cultures-Academic-Institutions.html
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, environmental

Laboratory and chemical safety are primary concerns of our chemical enterprise. Laboratory incidents in the academic community within the recent past have drawn the attention and scrutiny of the media, federal investigators, and public prosecutors—and these incidents and their impact have greatly concerned many in academia.
The ACS Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) recognized the need to assist our academic colleagues in their efforts to build and reinforce strong safety cultures. Seeking to establish a broad collaboration, CCS formed the Safety Culture Task Force with members of CCS, the ACS Society Committee on Education, the Committee on Professional Training, the Younger Chemists Committee, and the Division of Chemical Health & Safety (CHAS).
The task force identified elements of strong safety cultures, topics and resources for laboratory and chemical safety education, and recommendations for building and enhancing safety cultures in academic institutions.

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