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Date: November 7, 2012 7:31:50 AM EST
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 7:31:34 AM

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Table of Contents (14 articles)

SCIENCE IS BORING (EXCEPT WHEN IT ISN'T)
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, discovery, response

OXYGEN TANK BREAK PROMPTS HAZMAT SCARE AT UPMC MERCY HOSPITAL
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, oxygen

FIRE BREAKS OUT AT CHLORINE PRODUCTS COMPANY
Tags: us_OK, industrial, fire, response, chlorine

MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILL SOUTHWEST OF BRISBANE
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, injury, unknown_chemical

CROMWELL CROWNE PLAZA EVACUATED, HAZMAT ON SCENE
Tags: us_CT, public, release, injury, chlorine

MYTHBUSTERS DON HAZMAT SUITS FOR BREAKING BAD-THEMED EPISODE
Tags: industrial, follow-up, response

CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK AT SCHOOL SENDS 25 STUDENTS TO HOSPITAL
Tags: us_IL, education, release, injury, carbon_monoxide

FOREVER 21 HAZMAT: ODOR SICKENS 17 AT FOREVER 21 WAREHOUSE
Tags: us_CA, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

B.C. WOOD DUST EXPLOSIVE RISK INCREASES IN WINTER: WORKSAFEBC
Tags: Canada, industrial, follow-up, environmental, dust

BLAST SHAKES BELGIAN CHEMICAL PLANT
Tags: Belgium, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

CHEMICAL SPILL OCCURS AT WALNUT AND W. 3RD IN CHICO
Tags: us_CA, transportation, discovery, response, pool_chemicals

FBI CAR FIRE FUELED BY EXPLODING AMMUNITION
Tags: us_MO, transportation, explosion, response, bomb, magnesium

ELLWOOD CITY FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE FIRE AT BATTERY RECYCLING PLANT
Tags: us_PA, industrial, explosion, response, batteries, waste

CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AT ECC SOUTH
Tags: us_NY, laboratory, explosion, response, sodium


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SCIENCE IS BORING (EXCEPT WHEN IT ISN'T)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/brain-flapping/2012/nov/06/neuroscience
Tags: United_Kingdom, public, discovery, response

Editor's note This blog posting includes a discussion of lab safety training in the UK

Science is boring (except when it isn't)
There are an ever increasing number of formats dedicated to demonstrating the entertaining aspects of science, and these are becoming increasingly more high profile. But the view that science can be boring is sometimes an accurate observation rather than a negative stereotype, although this doesn't mean it is the norm

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OXYGEN TANK BREAK PROMPTS HAZMAT SCARE AT UPMC MERCY HOSPITAL
http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/oxygen-tank-break-prompts-hazmat-scare-upmc-mercy-/nSyLs/
Tags: us_PA, public, release, injury, oxygen

PITTSBURGH An oxygen tank leak outside of UPMC Mercy Hospital early Tuesday morning prompted a hazmat crew to respond to the facility.
Emergency workers said they were called when an oxygen tank began leaking around 1 a.m. Officials said a valve on one of the tanks broke in the parking lot.
Hospital officials said they temporarily stopped accepting patients in the emergency room while the problem was fixed.
During the break, the tank was still able to feed the appropriate amount of oxygen into the building, officials said.

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FIRE BREAKS OUT AT CHLORINE PRODUCTS COMPANY
http://www.kjrh.com/dpp/news/local_news/fire-breaks-out-at-chlorine-products-company
Tags: us_OK, industrial, fire, response, chlorine

TULSA - Tulsa police shut down roads around the industrial area northeast of 41st and South Sheridan early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out at a spa-supply store, which contained chemicals.

Just before 4 a.m. smoke was spotted coming from the Nature's Choice Spa Products facility in the 6900 block of East 38th Street, just northeast of the 41st and Sheridan intersection.

Fire and HAZMAT officials were concerned because chlorine and other pool-related chemicals are stored in the building.

Several streets in the area were shut down while officials monitored wind conditions.

Chlorine is a toxic gas the irritates the respiratory system.

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MAJOR CHEMICAL SPILL SOUTHWEST OF BRISBANE
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/major-chemical-spill-southwest-of-brisbane-20121107-28xih.html
Tags: Australia, industrial, release, injury, unknown_chemical

One person has been taken to hospital after 1000 litres of a liquid chemical spilled at a warehouse southwest of Brisbane this morning.

A 21-year-old man and a 50-year-old man with breathing difficulties were treated at the scene by paramedics.

One of the patients was taken to the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital as a precaution.

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Queensland Fire and Rescue crews wearing breathing apparatus are still assessing the scene, which is understood to be the site of Freightrite Transport.

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CROMWELL CROWNE PLAZA EVACUATED, HAZMAT ON SCENE
http://middletown-ct.patch.com/articles/cromwell-crowne-plaza-evacuated-during-veteran-s-breakfast-hazmat-on-scene#photo-12036006
Tags: us_CT, public, release, injury, chlorine

Hazmat crews are on scene at a suspected chlorine leak at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell, forcing the cancellation of the chamber's veterans breakfast meeting midway through.

Witnesses on scene at 100 Berlin Street, Cromwell, who were attending the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Support the Troops/Honor the Veterans member breakfast meeting report the odor of chlorine was evident since 7:30 a.m., but the event carried on.

Attendees report a couple of people were taken to the hospital as a precaution after being overcome by the noxious fumes. Guests are being send across the street to the Quality Inn, witnesses say.

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MYTHBUSTERS DON HAZMAT SUITS FOR BREAKING BAD-THEMED EPISODE
http://www.tvequals.com/2012/11/05/mythbusters-don-hazmat-suits-for-breaking-bad-themed-episode/
Tags: industrial, follow-up, response

Don't worry, parents. The Mythbusters won't teach your child how to cook methampetamine.

Drug manufacturing aside, Jamie and Adam will be taking on the esteemed drama in a spring episode of Mythbusters. According to Entertainment Weekly, the crew will delve into a couple of scenes from season one. Co-hosts Jamie and Adam will delve into the famous bathtub scene from season one where Jesse's attempts to dissolve a body in hydrochloric acid don't go nearly as well as planned. Meanwhile, the B team of Tory, Grant, and Kari will also investigate a scene from the first season.

The Mythbusters originally planned to do a third experiment, but the content of the two experiments they chose had so much to work with, that they decided to hold off on the third for a possible sequel episode. "There's easily one more if not a couple more Breaking Bad episodes," says Savage. "Those guys have been so much fun with technology and science that there's a lot that we could do with them."

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CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK AT SCHOOL SENDS 25 STUDENTS TO HOSPITAL
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/16171239-418/story.html
Tags: us_IL, education, release, injury, carbon_monoxide

About 25 children were hospitalized in good condition after a carbon monoxide leak at a school in the Burnside neighborhood Monday afternoon.

The children were suffering from nausea, vomiting and headaches before being hospitalized in good condition, according to Fire Media Affairs.

A Level 1 HazMat was called about 12:45 p.m. for the leak at Harold Washington Elementary School at 9130 S. University Ave., on the Far South Side, according to Fire Media Affairs.

Firefighters ventilated the third floor of the building with fans.

The leak may be due to faulty boiler.

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FOREVER 21 HAZMAT: ODOR SICKENS 17 AT FOREVER 21 WAREHOUSE
http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-forever-21-warehouse-hazmat,0,170632.story
Tags: us_CA, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

LINCOLN HEIGHTS (KTLA) -- At least 17 people are recovering after being sickened by a strange odor at a Forever 21 warehouse in Lincoln Heights.

The odor was first reported just before 10 a.m. in an east wing of the 2 million square-foot facility in the 3800 block of N. Mission Road, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

A custodian thought the smell originated from a plastic bag in the trash.

But investigators believe the smell could have been from a nearby roofing job or basement painting job.

They said the fumes were most likely sucked into the building's air conditioning unit.

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B.C. WOOD DUST EXPLOSIVE RISK INCREASES IN WINTER: WORKSAFEBC
http://www.vancouversun.com/wood+dust+explosive+risk+increases+winter+WorkSafeBC/7502223/story.html
Tags: Canada, industrial, follow-up, environmental, dust

Wood manufacturers need to take steps to reduce the increased risk of dust explosions during the winter, warns WorkSafeBC.

In a hazard alert issued last week, the province's chief workplace safety agency said during cold winter months, dust is easier to disperse and ignite because of low humidity

One of two deadly sawmill explosions in northern B.C. earlier this year took place during a deep freeze in January.

The U.S. Chemical Safety board put out a similar warning in 2009, finding seven of eight fatal combustible dust explosions from 1995 to 2009 took place during cold winter months.

WorkSafeBC does not recommend any specific measures to reduce the risk of dust explosions during winter, but calls on companies to assess the "additional risks."

The warning was issued to a wide range of plants: sawmills; plywood, pellet and secondary manufacturers; and pulp and paper mills.

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BLAST SHAKES BELGIAN CHEMICAL PLANT
http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_06/Blast-shakes-Belgian-chemical-plant/
Tags: Belgium, industrial, explosion, response, unknown_chemical

An explosion occurred at a Benechim chemical plant in Belgium's town of Lessines, Wallonia, local media report.
All night-shift workers have been evacuated. There have been no reports of victims.

The blast can post a threat of toxin contamination, experts say. Firefighters have been calls to the scene of the explosion. The situation has been evaluated as critical.

The blast has reportedly triggered by a flame. The cause of the fire hasn't been determined yet.

People living in the area have been warned against opening windows or leaving their homes till the chemical threat is dealt with.

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CHEMICAL SPILL OCCURS AT WALNUT AND W. 3RD IN CHICO
http://www.chicoer.com/news/ci_21932971/chemical-spill-occurs-at-walnut-and-w-3rd
Tags: us_CA, transportation, discovery, response, pool_chemicals

CHICO A two-vehicle collision involving a pick up truck carrying pool cleaning chemicals closed Walnut Street, at West Third Street for a time this morning.
The collision occured about 9:15 a.m.
According to Fire Inspector Marie Fickert, no injuries were reported from the accident, which was treated as a hazmat clean up by Chico Fire Department.

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FBI CAR FIRE FUELED BY EXPLODING AMMUNITION
http://fox4kc.com/2012/11/05/fbi-car-fire-fueled-by-exploding-ammunition/
Tags: us_MO, transportation, explosion, response, bomb, magnesium

KANSAS CITY, Mo. An unmarked FBI vehicle loaded with ammunition and chemicals caught fire Monday morning on 169 Highway. It happened during the morning rush hour and snarled traffic. Firefighters had to keep their distance because of exploding ammunition inside the car.
According to firefighters, car fires can be among the most dangerous. Adding exploding ammunition and magnesium fuel from flash-bang grenades and the danger increases.
A motorist shot amateur video, showing a burning vehicle with a lot of smoke. Dispatchers confirmed the car belonged to a federal law enforcement agency.
"You have the extra added element of needing to be away from that, while those particular components explode go off, whatever they're going to do," said Batt. Chief James Garrett. "Then regrouping and fighting that fire."

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ELLWOOD CITY FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE FIRE AT BATTERY RECYCLING PLANT
http://www.wfmj.com/story/19941204/ellwood-city-firefighters-battle-fire-at-battery-recycling-plant
Tags: us_PA, industrial, explosion, response, batteries, waste

ELLWOOD CITY, Pennsylvania - Fire fighters in Ellwood City had their hands full Sunday night extinguishing a blaze at a battery recycling plant.

Shortly after 7:00 p.m. Sunday night there were multiple explosions at the Inmetco Plant.

No one was injured and everyone at the plant has been accounted for, but the flames produced some noxious gases.

Due to the chemicals involved, no water could be used so crews used bulldozers to push the fire into piles.

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CHEMICAL EXPLOSION AT ECC SOUTH
http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/local/chemical-incident-at-ecc-south
Tags: us_NY, laboratory, explosion, response, sodium

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y (WIVB) - Police and fire crews responded to an incident at the ECC South Campus in Orchard Park Monday morning.

Fire officials say a chemical explosion occurred causing Students and faculty in Building 3 to evacuate. The building will remain closed until the residue in the classroom is cleaned.

"The alert system worked. We got to everybody. We were able to quickly assess what was happening here. Knock on wood, we're happy it wasn't much worse," said Erie Community College President Jack Quinn.

News 4 was told a professor was conducting a demonstration when something went wrong. Newton Abbott Fire Dept. Deputy Chief explained, "When the sodium hit the ice there's a reaction when it hits ice water or it's cleaned up with water. And what happened is the ice particles exploded."

There were no injuries; one person was treated for what appeared to be anxiety. A few students were evaluated to make sure there were no chemical burns or inhalation burns but officials found none.

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

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