Not knowing the background, the decision might have been made by administration. Many administrators hear the word “chemical” and think everything with that name is sulfuric acid (for example). Alternatively, this might also be observance of a poorly designed Board policy.
Or (more likely) the teacher just hit the panic button without thinking.
Edward J. McGrath
Supervisor of Science
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1502 Spruce Avenue
Wilmington DE 19805
We did not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrowed it from our children.
The teacher doesn’t know what she/he is doing. There are a few evacuations like this on this post but this was the craziest. Maybe related to the person who killed all those fish! Dope!
Does this strike anyone else that this was overkill? I am all for caution and safety, but I am afraid we are not promoting either if every spill results in a full blown evacuation and HZMAT incident.
HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE WING CLEARED AFTER CHEMISTRY LAB SPILL
Tags: us_NJ, laboratory, release, response, other_chemical
A student accidentally dropped a beaker of chemicals in a chemistry lab classroom at Manchester High School on Monday afternoon, resulting in the clearing of the science wing while hazmat crews cleaned up the spill, police said.
School administrators called police about 1:20 p.m. to report the spill, which occurred when the student dropped the 500-milliliter beaker on the floor and it shattered, Capt. Todd Malland of the Manchester Police Department said.
The beaker contained manganese (11) sulfate solution, silver nitrate solution 0.2l, lead nitrate solution, nickel sulfate, and cobalt chloride aqueous solution, 2.5 percent, school officials told police.
Police evacuated the science wing while members of the Berkeley Township HazMat Response Team decontaminated the scene, Malland said.
The teacher and five students who were in the room at the time did not report any injuries at the time of the spill, he said..
Steven S. Funck, MS, CSMM
Natural Sciences Laboratory Program Manager
One College Ave.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone: (717) 796-1800 (ext. 2079)
Fax: (717) 691-6046
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