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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (5 articles)
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 07:20:49 -0400
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Chemical Safety Headlines From Google
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 7:19:53 AM

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Table of Contents (5 articles)

SHARPS AND LATENT SHARDS, LEARNING FROM PAST EVENTS
Tags: us_NM, laboratory, discovery, environmental, radiation

ACID SPLASH TO FACE; AGED AND DEGRAGED CONTAINER ALLOWED LIQUID TO POOL IN SECONDARY CONTAINER
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, release, response, hydrofluoric_acid, waste

NATURAL GAS LEAK FORCES EVACUATIONS
Tags: us_OK, public, release, response, natural_gas

BARRELS CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE CHEMICAL DISCOVERED NEAR MOBILE HOME PARK
Tags: us_CA, public, discovery, response, radiation

FIVE OFFICERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER HAZMAT SITUATION
Tags: us_FL, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical


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SHARPS AND LATENT SHARDS, LEARNING FROM PAST EVENTS
https://opexshare.doe.gov/lesson.cfm/2018/8/1/22484/Sharps-and-Latent-Shards-Learning-from-Past-Events
Tags: us_NM, laboratory, discovery, environmental, radiation

As more activities are being released for normal operations, it is important to review past sharps related events. Sharp tools have the potential to contribute to personnel contamination incidents resulting from glovebox glove breaches/punctures. The heightened awareness is necessary to reinforce safety behaviors and practices while performing glovebox work. Proper hazard identification and controls are crucial to the safety of the worker. The sharps hazards include the use of hand tools and portable power tools. Incidental, or latent, sharps may include items that were not intended for cutting but nevertheless have the potential to cause a wound or glove breach with potential contamination and/or nuclear material uptake. This article includes several examples of significant glove breaches that have occurred at LANL's PF-4 facility.
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ACID SPLASH TO FACE; AGED AND DEGRAGED CONTAINER ALLOWED LIQUID TO POOL IN SECONDARY CONTAINER
https://opexshare.doe.gov/lesson.cfm/2018/8/2/22487/Acid-Splash-to-Face-Aged-and-Degraged-Container-Allowed-Liquid-to-Pool-in-Secondary-Container
Tags: us_IL, laboratory, release, response, hydrofluoric_acid, waste

A worker felt liquid droplets contact his face when he set down a secondary containment bin containing one-gallon high-density polyethylene bottles of a nitric and hydrofluoric acid solution. A small amount of acidic liquid was observed in the bottom of the secondary transportation bin. One of the containers had a vertical crease on the side of the container that was weeping and was compromised when it was moved. The requirement that waste in a Satellite and Generator Accumulation Area may be stored up to one year does not take into account container degradation for a particular waste stream over time. External forces exerted on the compromised container during transport is believed to have contributed to the pooling liquid.
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NATURAL GAS LEAK FORCES EVACUATIONS
https://kfor.com/2018/08/04/natural-gas-leak-forces-evacuations/
Tags: us_OK, public, release, response, natural_gas

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. ?? Oklahoma Natural Gas is working to fix a cut natural gas line.

Around 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning, fire crews were called when a small cut was made to a natural gas line by a track hoe.

This happened in a neighborhood near NW 122nd and N Rockwell Ave.

Residence in three of the homes closest to the leak were told to evacuate by authorities.

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BARRELS CONTAINING RADIOACTIVE CHEMICAL DISCOVERED NEAR MOBILE HOME PARK
https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/03/barrels-radioactive-chemical-near-bellflower-mobile-home-park/
Tags: us_CA, public, discovery, response, radiation

BELLFLOWER (CBSLA) ?? Hazmat crews cleaned up barrels containing a radioactive metallic chemical liquid found in an abandoned building in Bellflower earlier this week, forcing nearby residents to evacuate.

The barrels were discovered in an outbuilding in the 9600 block of East Alondra Boulevard Tuesday.

Environmental Protection Agency officials, along with a Los Angeles County Fire Department hazmat team, responded and determined the barrels contained a chemical known as Thorium 232.

The EPA said the danger is minimal, but determined that while the barrels were being cleaned up, 15 units of a nearby mobile home park needed to be evacuated.

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FIVE OFFICERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER HAZMAT SITUATION
https://www.wkrg.com/news/northwest-florida/five-officers-taken-to-hospital-after-hazmat-situation/1344946034
Tags: us_FL, public, release, injury, unknown_chemical

Pensacola, Florida - PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) - Five Pensacola Police officers were taken to the hospital this morning after being exposed to an unknown substance, original feared to be the highly dangerous drug fentanyl.

Authorities say officers stopped a stolen vehicle around 5 a.m. They found a white powdery substance. Officers took the substance to the police department like they usually would and the package opened.

Authorities say officers started to feel dizzy. The five officers were treated at Baptist Hospital. The Pensacola Police Department closed for three hours while the hazmat team checked the interior.

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