From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (6 articles)
Date: September 3, 2012 8:16:24 AM EDT
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: <1B141287-3939-43A3-AFBD-B67C469B826E**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org>

Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, September 3, 2012 8:16:04 AM

A service of the ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
Connecting Chemistry and Safety at http://www.dchas.org
All article summaries and tags are archived at http://pinboard.in/u:dchas

Table of Contents (6 articles)

HAZ-MAT CREWS CALLED TO VANDALIA FIRE
Tags: us_oh, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE WAREHOUSE FIRE NEAR HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL
Tags: us_tx, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

SAFETY IN ACADEMIC CHEMISTRY LABS (WITH SOME THOUGHTS ON INCENTIVES).
Tags: us, laboratory, followup

INVESTIGATORS FIND POSSIBLE METH LAB IN PERRY COUNTY
Tags: us_OH, public, discovery, response, illegal, meth_lab

TWO DEATHS AND ONE FLASH FIRE BRING FINES TO WORKSITES
Tags: us_tx, industrial, fire, followup, petroleum

EXPLOSION INJURES MAN IN MORRISVILLE
Tags: us_nc, industrial, explosion, injuries, cleaners


---------------------------------------------

HAZ-MAT CREWS CALLED TO VANDALIA FIRE
http://www.whiotv.com/news/news/haz-mat-crews-called-to-vandalia-fire/nR2bq/
Tags: us_oh, laboratory, fire, response, unknown_chemical

VANDALIA Firefighters from several communities and the Dayton Haz-Mat Team were called out at 3:00 a.m. Monday morning to a fire at Lipo Technologies, 800 Scholz Drive.
Investigators said fire broke out in a lab, and workers tried to put it out with fire extinguishers. The fire activated the sprinkler system in the building, which created a two-foot build-up of water. The fire was contained to the lab, but firefighters called the haz-mat team because of runoff and chemical concerns.
Crews said there are no environmental concerns associated with the fire.
According to its website, Lipo Technologies is involved in microencapsulation. The company places active ingredients inside capsules. One use of such a technology is "scratch and sniff" cosmetic ads in magazines.

---------------------------------------------

FIREFIGHTERS CONTINUE TO BATTLE WAREHOUSE FIRE NEAR HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Firefighters-continue-to-battle-warehouse-fire-3835052.php
Tags: us_tx, industrial, fire, response, unknown_chemical

Firefighters continue to battle a four-alarm fire at a chemical warehouse near the Houston Ship Channel.

The blaze, which broke out shortly after 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Texas Distribution Services Inc., is under control but still burns, said Lt. Chad Shaw with the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office. Shaw said the blaze is expected to continue until Monday and heavy machinery is being used to clear debris.

On Saturday, two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion but, as of Sunday afternoon, no other injuries had been reported.

Tanker trucks are being bought in to transport water because of fire hydrant shortages in the vicinity, Shaw said.

Financial losses have not been calculated, but Shaw said they will be substantial.

---------------------------------------------

SAFETY IN ACADEMIC CHEMISTRY LABS (WITH SOME THOUGHTS ON INCENTIVES).
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/doing-good-science/2012/08/31/safety-in-academic-chemistry-labs-with-some-thoughts-on-incentives/
Tags: us, laboratory, followup

Earlier this month, Chemjobber and I had a conversation that became a podcast. We covered lots of territory, from the Sheri Sangji case, to the different perspectives on lab safety in industry and academia, to broader questions about how to make attention to safety part of the culture of chemistry. Below is a transcript of a piece of that conversation (from about 07:45 to 19:25). I think there are some relevant connections here to my earlier post about strategies for delivering ethics training a post which Jyllian Kemsley notes may have some lessons for safety-training, too.

---------------------------------------------

INVESTIGATORS FIND POSSIBLE METH LAB IN PERRY COUNTY
http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20120830/NEWS01/208300309/Investigators-find-possible-meth-lab-Perry-County?nclick_check=1
Tags: us_OH, public, discovery, response, illegal, meth_lab

SOMERSET -- Authorities arrested two men and a woman and removed a child from a home near Somerset after receiving a tip about a possible methamphetamine lab.

The Perry County Sheriff's Office said this is the seventh meth lab seized in Perry County this year.

Detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force were led to a home at 3530 Reading Township Road 123 after receiving word two men had bought items commonly used to manufacture drugs.

The people arrested are facing felony charges of drug manufacturing and endangering children. Sheriff William Barker said their names are not being released until the case is presented to a Perry County grand jury.

---------------------------------------------

TWO DEATHS AND ONE FLASH FIRE BRING FINES TO WORKSITES
http://www.oaoa.com/news/fire-92624-flash-documents.html
Tags: us_tx, industrial, fire, followup, petroleum

Three Permian Basin companies were cited since the beginning of July for violations to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules after two died in separate accidents and four were injured in a flash fire.

A flash fire that occurred at an Elite Pipeline Services Inc. Odessa location will end up costing the company $25,200, according to documents acquired from OSHA.

According to the documents, a flash fire began at 11 a.m. Feb. 29, injuring three of the four employees at the site and sending them to the hospital.

"While attempting to demolish old petroleum pipe, employees used a cutting torch to sever bolts on a valve," according to the documents. "The system had not been purged in over a year and vapors were present, resulting in an explosion and flash fire."

The employees were not properly equipped or trained for the hazards of their work and were not notified of the possible hazards at the McAfee Pump Station before they began the work, according to the OSHA complaint, which lists six specific violations.

---------------------------------------------

EXPLOSION INJURES MAN IN MORRISVILLE
http://www.news-record.com/node/151629
Tags: us_nc, industrial, explosion, injuries, cleaners

MORRISVILLE -- Fire Department officials are investigating an explosion that injured one man Thursday in a building at 3000 Bear Cat Way.

The injured man was taken to Duke Hospital. He was conscious and alert during transport, but the extent of his injuries is unknown, according to Stephanie Smith, a spokeswoman for the town of Morrisville.

The Fire Department determined that the explosion was by the improper mixing of chemicals used in food preparation, Smith said. The building is located in an industrial complex, described in real estate records as an office-warehouse facility.

---------------------------------------------


Ralph Stuart
secretary**At_Symbol_Here**dchas.org
Secretary
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post



The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to secretary@dchas.org.
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.