From: Kim Gates <kim.gates**At_Symbol_Here**STONYBROOK.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] MMWR report: Acute Chemical Incidents Surveillance, Nine States, 19992008
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:55:40 -0400
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I think this was the most interesting part of this MMWR:

Because of the large number of persons injured in educational institutions and the increasing number of incidents in this sector, ATSDR is evaluating preexisting prevention practices, including green cleaning and green purchasing, chemical cleanout programs, school laboratory education, and mercury and pesticide restrictions. ATSDR is using information from this evaluation to develop a report that synthesizes effective elimination strategies and policies to share with stakeholders to promote a more unified, evidence-based approach to preventing chemical incidents in U.S. schools (24).
  1. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Reducing chemical accidents involving pesticides, mercury, cleaning products, and science labs in schools. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC; 2015. Available at

Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
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On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:27 AM, Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
There's a very interesting report at

Five industries accounted for almost one third of all injured persons: truck transportation, educational services, chemical manufacturing, utilities, and food manufacturing, but of particular concern is their finding that
"Chemical manufacturing (NAICS 325) (23%) was the industry with the most incidents; however, the number of chemical incidents in chemical manufacturing decreased substantially over time (R2 = 0.78), whereas the educational services category (R2 = 0.65) and crop production category (R2 = 0..61) had a consistently increasing trend."

The nine states in the study are Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart
Division of Chemical Health and Safety
American Chemical Society

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