From: "CHANDRA, Tilak" <tchandra**At_Symbol_Here**FPM.WISC.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Thirteen people hurt in chemical explosion at Nevada museum
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 14:36:28 +0000
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There are many conflicting reports about the incident and we need to wait for the final scientific report, if done correctly. Rainbow, NY High school and other recent incidents are almost same (methanol and salts) and keep happening. All these incidents are mainly caused by human errors or not having the hands-on training and instrument failure. We need to know the scale of the DEMO/reaction (qty. used of Boric aacid, MeOH, H+), SOP, training, containment etc.


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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Ralph Stuart
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 8:29 AM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Thirteen people hurt in chemical explosion at Nevada museum

>When I used to climb and mountaineer more I used to read a yearly accident report.

I was talking to a Cornell faculty member who was also a skydiver and she reported that there is a similar system in that sector. There has been a precipitous decline in accidents over the last few decades as a result.

I guess when your business involves clear risks to your customers, you develop a proactive safety system. It will be interesting to see when the lab management community moves beyond surprise that there is risk to acknowledging and managing that list.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH

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