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Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 07:24:40 -0400
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DR ABDUL QADEER KHAN CALLS FOR ADOPTING SAFETY MEASURES AT LABORATORIES
Tags: Pakistan, laboratory, discovery, environmental

SIX A&W WORKERS IN ESQUIMALT TREATED FOR IRRITATION AFTER CHLORINE MISHAP
Tags: canada, public, release, injuries, chlorine

AS LAWSUITS OVER TEXAS CHEMICAL DISASTER ADD UP, ADVOCATES BLAME ARKEMA AND RULES REGULATING IT
Tags: us_tx, industrial, followup, environmental, other_chemical


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DR ABDUL QADEER KHAN CALLS FOR ADOPTING SAFETY MEASURES AT LABORATORIES
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1674974/1-dr-abdul-qadeer-khan-calls-adopting-safety-measures-laboratories/
Tags: Pakistan, laboratory, discovery, environmental

It is very important for scientists to be proficient in using their laboratory equipment as when young scientists go abroad, they are not provided assistants or helpers and have to operate their equipment themselves.

Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan said this while addressing the concluding ceremony of a workshop on safety and precautions at laboratories, organised by the Dr AQ Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) at the University of Karachi (KU).

Dr Khan was of the view that once scientists learnt how to use each and every piece of laboratory equipment, their careers were likely to progress. He advised young scientists not to depend on assistants and laboratory staff to operate equipment.
He said that safety should be the highest priority of those who worked in laboratories. Safety precautions taken in the laboratory could actually save lives, he said, adding that they could pave the way for a safer society.
When safety procedures are not followed in laboratories, people can get hurt, Dr Khan said, adding that lab equipment and chemicals could even result in deaths if they were not handled properly. Chemical spills, toxic fumes, needle pricks, and fire can harm lab workers, he explained.

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SIX A&W WORKERS IN ESQUIMALT TREATED FOR IRRITATION AFTER CHLORINE MISHAP
http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/six-aw-workers-in-esquimalt-treated-for-irritation-after-chlorine-mishap
Tags: canada, public, release, injuries, chlorine

VICTORIA ?? Six people were treated for exposure to chlorine gas after cleaning chemicals were mixed improperly at an A&W restaurant on Esquimalt Road Friday afternoon.

The Capital Regional District hazardous materials team was on scene and two men dressed in neon protective suits entered the restaurant around 2 p.m., two hours after the A&W was evacuated.


Esquimalt Fire was called to the scene about noon after employees started to experience irritation from the gas emanating off two chemical cleaning agents, assistant chief Ray Saurette said.

??It created some off-gassing that started to affect the respiratory (system) and eyes of the employees that were in the building,?? Saurette said.

The six employees were treated by B.C. Ambulance paramedics on scene and did not have to go to hospital. They were given instructions to monitor for irritation or respiratory problems, Saurette said.

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AS LAWSUITS OVER TEXAS CHEMICAL DISASTER ADD UP, ADVOCATES BLAME ARKEMA AND RULES REGULATING IT
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/30/arkema-disaster-harvey-regulations-texas-crosby/
Tags: us_tx, industrial, followup, environmental, other_chemical

Two counties, dozens of first responders and hundreds of neighbors claim in court documents that the Arkema chemical manufacturing plans committed negligence. Environmental advocates say lax industry regulations exacerbated the disaster.

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