From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines from Google (8 articles)
Date: January 21, 2013 8:05:33 AM EST
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The Division provides two Twitter feeds to provide news of interest to people interested in Environmental Health issues associated with chemical laboratory work.The **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas twitter feed includes laboratory chemical incidents found by monitoring the google newsfeed as well as links to articles related to EHS in the lab. The **At_Symbol_Here**labsustain twitter feed highlights web links related to issues environmental chemistry and lab sustainability issues, such as Green Chemistry and related campus sustainability issues. You can see the streams at
http://www.dchas.org/newsflash

In addition, a searchable compilation of over 5000 hazmat incidents reported by Google since February, 2010 is available at the divisions Pinboard site at http://pinboard.in/u:dchas

Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, January 21, 2013 8:04:15 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 (8 articles)

MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER BRINGING IN HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TO HSC
Tags: Canada, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

OSHA UPDATES GUIDANCE ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURES IN LABS -- OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, response

CHEMICAL WEAPON OR JUST POISON? SUPREME COURT TAKES CASE
Tags: us_PA, public, follow-up, response, illegal, toxics

2 SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER HAZMAT INCIDENT IN LA HABRA
Tags: us_CA, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

BUCKET FALLS FROM SKY, CRASHES THROUGH MIRAMAR-AREA BUSINESS
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, solvent

WAYNESBORO CHEMICAL SPILL CAUSED BY LEAKING CHLORINE TANK
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, chlorine, gas_cylinders

BOLSHOI ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SERGEI FILIN 'BLINDED' BY ACID ATTACK THAT LEFT HIM WITH CHEMICAL BURNS
Tags: Russia, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

HAZMAT TEAM WORKS TO CONTAIN AMMONIUM NITRATE SPILL NEAR WILLIAMS LAKE
Tags: Canada, transportation, release, injury, ammonium-nitrate


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MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER BRINGING IN HAZARDOUS MATERIAL TO HSC
http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/man-facing-charges-after-bringing-in-hazardous-material-to-hsc-1.1121084
Tags: Canada, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

A Winnipeg man is facing charges after a hazardous material was brought into the Health Sciences Centre Saturday, forcing police to shut down William Avenue for several hours.
An unidentified man carried in a bag with an unknown substance that caused irritation to the eyes and skin, said police.

According to Dana Erickson, COO, Health Sciences Centre Foundation, two staff members needed to be decontaminated and assessed, as well as the man.

No serious injuries were reported by the Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service.

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OSHA UPDATES GUIDANCE ON HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL EXPOSURES IN LABS -- OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY
http://ohsonline.com/articles/2013/01/21/osha-updates-guidance-on-hazardous-chemical-exposures-in-labs.aspx?admgarea=news
Tags: laboratory, follow-up, response

OSHA is issuing a technical amendment to the non-mandatory appendix in its standard on occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals in laboratories, 1910.1450, which is known as the OSHA Laboratory Standard. Published Jan. 22 in the Federal Register, the amendment takes effect upon publication. It was made in order to include contents from a 2011 National Academy of Sciences publication.

Adhering to the hierarchy of controls is the third general principle listed in the technical amendment, following minimization of chemical exposures/risks and making an accurate assessment of the risks.

The hierarchy of controls principle discusses engineering controls, administrative controls, and various types of eye, face, hand, and foot PPE, along with protective apparel.

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CHEMICAL WEAPON OR JUST POISON? SUPREME COURT TAKES CASE
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-usa-court-bond-idUSBRE90H19E20130118
Tags: us_PA, public, follow-up, response, illegal, toxics

(Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a new appeal by a woman convicted under a federal law intended to combat chemical weapons in a case where she admitted trying to poison a former friend who had an affair with her husband.

At the center of the case is a 1998 U.S. law banning the use of chemical weapons other than for a "peaceful purpose."

That law grew out of the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, an international agreement designed to keep rogue countries and terrorists from obtaining weapons of mass destruction.

Carol Anne Bond, a trained microbiologist who once worked at the chemical company Rohm and Haas Co, admitted to trying to poison her former best friend Myrlinda Haynes after learning that Haynes, a single mother, became pregnant by Bond's husband.

The toxic chemicals were taken from Rohm & Haas, and lethal compounds were sprinkled on Haynes' mailbox, car door handles and house doorknob on several occasions between November 2006 and June 2007.

Such cases are normally handled by local prosecutors under traditional criminal laws, but Bond was prosecuted under the federal chemical weapons law.

The case could give the court a chance to revisit a 1920 precedent written by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes that gave Congress broad authority to adopt laws implementing treaties.

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2 SENT TO HOSPITAL AFTER HAZMAT INCIDENT IN LA HABRA
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/01/18/2-sent-to-hospital-after-hazmat-incident-in-la-habra/
Tags: us_CA, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

LA HABRA (CBSLA.com) A Hazmat incident prompted the evacuation of a building and forced street closures in La Habra Friday morning.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department received a call about an unusual odor near S. Euclid Street and E. Electric Avenue at 9:23 a.m., authorities said.

Public works employees working on manholes in the area reported smelling an odor before they began suffering from shortness of breath.

At least two workers were taken to a nearby hospital and a triage center was established near the scene, fire officials said.

No evacuations were ordered, but residents were asked to stay inside while officials conducted an investigation.

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BUCKET FALLS FROM SKY, CRASHES THROUGH MIRAMAR-AREA BUSINESS
http://www.10news.com/news/bucket-falls-from-sky-crashes-through-miramar-area-business
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, solvent

SAN DIEGO - Workers at a Sorrento Valley auto-repair shop arrived at work Thursday morning to find that a five-gallon bucket of cleaning solution had fallen off a military aircraft flying out of nearby Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and crashed through the roof of the business, damaging a half-dozen cars.

The non-injury mishap was reported about 11 a.m., roughly 16 hours after it occurred, according to USMC officials and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Military authorities determined that the container of solvent had fallen out of an MV-22 Osprey tiltroter about 7 p.m. Wednesday, shortly after takeoff from MCAS Miramar, Marine Lt. Tyler Balzer said.

Balzer told reporters, "An MB-22 Osprey was departing MCAS-Miramar as it flew over this place of business, it dropped a five-gallon bucket of cleaning solution. It came through the roof, clipped the rear of the motor home or RV in there and then hit the ground and split."

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WAYNESBORO CHEMICAL SPILL CAUSED BY LEAKING CHLORINE TANK
http://www.newsleader.com/article/20130118/NEWS01/301180009/Waynesboro-chemical-spill-caused-by-leaking-chlorine-tank?nclick_check=1
Tags: us_VA, public, release, response, chlorine, gas_cylinders

WAYNESBORO A fire official said Wednesday night's chemical spill at the Colony House Motel in Waynesboro was caused by a leaking chlorine tank.

"I believe a valve got knocked off," said Capt. Greg Schacht of Augusta County Fire-Rescue.

Schacht said the chlorine cylinder was in the process of being salvaged.

Three people from the motel, located along U.S. 250 approaching the top of Afton Mountain, were treated at Augusta Health in Fishersville and released.

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BOLSHOI ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SERGEI FILIN 'BLINDED' BY ACID ATTACK THAT LEFT HIM WITH CHEMICAL BURNS
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/news/bolshoi-artistic-director-sergei-filin-blinded-by-acid-attack-that-left-him-with-chemical-burns-8457479.html
Tags: Russia, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

The artistic director of Russia's most famous ballet troupe is in hospital with severe chemical burns after an unknown assailant threw acid in his face outside his central Moscow home.

The attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi, is shocking even by the standards of the theatre, where infighting and backstabbing among the troupe have been rife ever since the Soviet period.

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HAZMAT TEAM WORKS TO CONTAIN AMMONIUM NITRATE SPILL NEAR WILLIAMS LAKE
http://www.globalsaskatoon.com/canada/hazmat+team+works+to+contain+ammonium+nitrate+spill+near+williams+lake/6442791349/story.html
Tags: Canada, transportation, release, injury, ammonium-nitrate

An elementary school near Williams Lake has been closed for the day after a tractor trailer carrying an ammonium-nitrate type substance rolled over into a ditch.

The accident happened around 6 last night on Highway 97 near Westcoast Road.

The driver had to be airlifted to Vancouver with serious injuries.

The highway is closed in both directions about 14 kilometers north of Williams Lake and a hazardous material team is now on scene, assisting with the clean-up.

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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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