From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] University of Hawaii fine lowered 40% for lab explosion
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 07:33:56 -0400
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More information about the U Hawaii settlement with HIOSH around last spring's lab explosion is available at C&EN:

University of Hawaii fine lowered 40% for lab explosion

Settlement with state occupational safety and health agency reduces number of violations associated with blast that severely injured a researcher

The University of Hawaii last week settled its case with the Hawaii Occupational Safety & Health Division (HIOSH) regarding a laboratory explosion in March. The settlement reduces the number of violations from 15 to nine and the fine from $115,500 to $69,300.

Postdoctoral researcher Thea Ekins-Coward, who worked on the university‰??s Manoa campus for the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, lost one of her arms in the explosion. When the blast occurred, she was preparing a gas mixture of 55% hydrogen, 38% oxygen, and 7% carbon dioxide to feed to bacteria to produce biofuels and bioplastics. An electrostatic discharge likely ignited the mixture, according to an investigation report issued in July by the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety.

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