From: Brian Wazlaw <briwazlaw**At_Symbol_Here**AOL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Concern about one of today's incident reports
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:21:30 -0400
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Hi folks,
Appears to me to be a 'waste' collection of metal ions.  If it was, why was the student handling the container. In a HS setting, you bring your the test tubes, etc. to the waste container.
Other thoughts, what are the procedures for a spill?  Was their a spill kit - sand, kitty liter-?
Could one person handle the spill?
Evacuations are always difficult.  In a school setting, general premise -  If in doubt, evacuate.
Brian Wazlaw
Brian Wazlaw, Ed.D.
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From: Funck, Steven <sfunck**At_Symbol_Here**MESSIAH.EDU>
Sent: Wed, Apr 22, 2015 8:39 am
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Concern about one of today's incident reports

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. 
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
Messiah College
One College Ave.
Suite 3049
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone:  (717) 796-1800 (ext. 2079)
Fax: (717) 691-6046

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