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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety headlines (11 articles)
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:40:28 -0400
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Friday, August 17, 2018 at 7:40:19 AM

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Table of Contents (11 articles)

CHEMICAL ON EASTERN MI SLIDE THAT BURNED 2 KIDS IDENTIFIED
Tags: us_MI, public, release, injury, sodium_hydroxide

ACID SPILL CLEANED UP AT OXNARD GARBAGE FACILITY
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, acids, waste

HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO AMMONIA LEAK AT MANHATTAN WATER TREATMENT PLANT
Tags: us_KS, industrial, release, response, ammonia, water_treatment

NEIGHBORHOODS EVACUTATED DUE TO GAS LEAK IN SKIATOOK
Tags: us_OK, public, release, response, propane

BLAST REPORTEDLY OCCURS AT RIO DE JANEIRO UNIVERSITY
Tags: Brazil, laboratory, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

LETTERKENNY COMMANDER: UNSPECIFIED CHEMICAL SPARKED EXPLOSION, FIRE THAT KILLED TWO
Tags: us_PA, industrial, follow-up, death, other_chemical

REGULATORS PROPOSE TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE LEGAL LIMIT FOR CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS IN ARTIFICIAL SPORTS PITCHES
Tags: Europe, public, discovery, environmental, other_chemical

CSB RELEASES FACTUAL UPDATE ON BLOWOUT AND FIRE AT PRYOR TRUST GAS WELL IN PITTSBURG COUNTY, OKLAHOMA
Tags: us_OK, industrial, follow-up, death, other_chemical

CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES CSU BIOLOGY BUILDING, INJURES STUDENT
Tags: us_co, laboratory, release, injury, other_chemical

INCREASING ENTHUSIASM AND ENHANCING LEARNING FOR BIOCHEMISTRY- LABORATORY SAFETY WITH AN AUGMENTED-REALITY PROGRAM
Tags: us_ma, laboratory, discovery, enviromental

BARTLETT STUDENT INJURED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG; TEACHER SUSPENDED
Tags: us_il, laboratory, release, injury, liquid_nitrogen


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CHEMICAL ON EASTERN MI SLIDE THAT BURNED 2 KIDS IDENTIFIED
https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/chemical-on-eastern-mi-slide-that-burned-kids-identified/article_9187a39b-2e88-5ccc-946d-764276af5dab.html
Tags: us_MI, public, release, injury, sodium_hydroxide

LAPEER, Mich. (AP) ‰?? Police say a laboratory has identified the substance left on a slide at a municipal park in eastern Michigan that burned two children.


The Lapeer Police Department says the chemical was identified as sodium hydroxide, which is used in a variety of household cleaning products.

Police say a 1ĺ1Ú2-year-old boy got the substance on his legs while going down the slide at Cramton Park in downtown Lapeer on Aug. 2, and a 14-year-old girl who went to help him also got some on her legs.

Police say both went to a local hospital, and the toddler was transferred to the burn unit at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

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ACID SPILL CLEANED UP AT OXNARD GARBAGE FACILITY
https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2018/08/16/acid-spill-oxnard-recycling-center-hazmat-crews-respond/1010480002/
Tags: us_CA, public, release, response, acids, waste

OXNARD - Fire crews contained an acid spill at an Oxnard garbage and recycling site Thursday morning that forced about 250 people from the facility, officials said.

The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. at the Del Norte Regional Recycling & Transfer Station at 111 South Del Norte Blvd., authorities said.

Oxnard and Ventura County fire crews responded to the incident. City officials who handle hazardous-material incidents also were called to investigate.

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HAZMAT TEAM RESPONDS TO AMMONIA LEAK AT MANHATTAN WATER TREATMENT PLANT
http://www.wibw.com/content/news/Hazmat-team-responds-to-ammonia-leak-at-Manhattan-water-treatment-plant-491057641.html
Tags: us_KS, industrial, release, response, ammonia, water_treatment

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) ‰?? An ammonia leak sparked a hazmat response to Manhattan's water treatment plant Thursday morning.

City officials say workers doing a routine check of the facility just after 11 a.m. noticed a smell. They discovered a small leak in a 12-foot-deep pit where ammonia is injected with the water treatment process.

The Manhattan Fire Dept. was called to vent the area and dilute the ammonia.

City officials say they will complete repairs Friday. For now, they are using a backup line, so there is no disruption in service or effect on the water quality.

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NEIGHBORHOODS EVACUTATED DUE TO GAS LEAK IN SKIATOOK
https://www.kjrh.com/news/local-news/neighborhoods-evacutated-due-to-gas-leak-in-skiatook
Tags: us_OK, public, release, response, propane

SKIATOOK - Tulsa fire and Hazmat have been requested to assist Skiatook Fire Dept. on propane gas leak.

Officials said they are heading to 4793 West Rogers Boulevard to assist on a propane gas leak.

Skiatook Fire says possibly two neighborhoods have been evacuated.

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BLAST REPORTEDLY OCCURS AT RIO DE JANEIRO UNIVERSITY
https://sputniknews.com/latam/201808151067217239-blast-brazil-university/
Tags: Brazil, laboratory, explosion, injury, unknown_chemical

An explosion has hit a laboratory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) around 10:30 local time, globo.com website reported Wednesday.
According to the officials, three people ‰?? two students and one teacher have been injured in the incident. The blast occurred on the second floor of the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (Coppe), which is the largest engineering research and learning center in Latin America.

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LETTERKENNY COMMANDER: UNSPECIFIED CHEMICAL SPARKED EXPLOSION, FIRE THAT KILLED TWO
https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/instant/letterkenny-commander-unspecified-chemical-sparked-explosion-fire-that-killed-two/article_ab2e737c-a1a5-11e8-8193-3b3ef944efa0.html
Tags: us_PA, industrial, follow-up, death, other_chemical

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ‰?? An explosion and fire at Letterkenny Army Depot on July 19 came from an accident with a chemical in the paint shop of Building 350, depot Commander Col. Stephen Ledbetter said Thursday.

The chemical was being used in normal processes, Ledbetter said, declining to name the chemical.

Two employees died from their injuries from the 7:20 a.m. industrial accident. Another man continues to be treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

"We're certainly prayerful for his full recovery," Ledbetter said.

The depot has taken initial corrective action, including additional training and signs, he said. More steps are in the works to minimize the risks associated with chemical use.

Building 350 is an industrial-style, 320,000-square-foot building used for maintenance and upgrades on military vehicles.

The building itself did not sustain structural damage in the accident, Ledbetter said.

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REGULATORS PROPOSE TO DRASTICALLY REDUCE LEGAL LIMIT FOR CANCER-CAUSING CHEMICALS IN ARTIFICIAL SPORTS PITCHES
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/08/16/regulators-propose-drastically-reduce-legal-limit-cancer-causing/
Tags: Europe, public, discovery, environmental, other_chemical

ancer-causing chemicals in artificial grass pitches could be slashed to almost than one sixtieth of current levels under plans drawn up by regulators.

Europe‰??s leading authority on chemical safety, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), announced on Thursday that it had prepared a proposal in co-operation with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) that would drastically reduce the legal limit for carcinogenic substances in the infill used in so-called ‰??third generation‰?? (3G) surfaces.

The announcement was made just over two months after a Daily Telegraph investigation revealed the UK Government and country‰??s sports authorities had failed to properly warn millions of footballers and rugby players - including children - to limit their exposure to 3G pitches coated in granules made from used car tyres.

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CSB RELEASES FACTUAL UPDATE ON BLOWOUT AND FIRE AT PRYOR TRUST GAS WELL IN PITTSBURG COUNTY, OKLAHOMA
https://www.csb.gov/csb-releases-factual-update-on-blowout-and-fire-at-pryor-trust-gas-well-in-pittsburg-county-oklahoma-/
Tags: us_OK, industrial, follow-up, death, other_chemical

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, August 16, 2018: Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into its ongoing investigation of the January 22, 2018, blowout and fire at the Pryor Trust Gas Well located in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, that killed five workers.

The CSB has determined the incident occurred shortly after drilling crew members removed the drill pipe from the well in a process known as ‰??tripping.‰?? To date, the CSB‰??s investigation has determined the following timeline related to the blowout and fire:

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CHEMICAL SPILL CLOSES CSU BIOLOGY BUILDING, INJURES STUDENT
https://collegian.com/2018/08/chemical-situation-closes-csu-biology-building-injures-student/
Tags: us_co, laboratory, release, injury, other_chemical

The Colorado State University Biology building was evacuated for almost two hours following a potentially hazardous chemicals spill on August 15.

Poudre Fire Authority responded to the call at 4:03 p.m. at 251 W. Pitkin Street on the University‰??s campus, PFA Communications Manager Madeline Noblett said.


A female student working in a biology lab on the second floor was handling diethyl pyrocarbonate, which is made up of carbon dioxide and ethanol Noblett said. A CSU staff member told PFA that diethyl pyrocarbonate is commonly found in microbiology labs.

‰??It‰??s likely the glassware shattered due to a buildup of carbon dioxide,‰?? said Noblett.

The student received medical treatment for non-lifethreatening injuries.

At around 5:40 p.m., PFA turned the property back to CSU and allowed people back into the building after a hazmat team monitored the air quality of the building and determined normal readings.

‰??It appeared that the chemical had dissipated,‰?? said Noblett.

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INCREASING ENTHUSIASM AND ENHANCING LEARNING FOR BIOCHEMISTRY- LABORATORY SAFETY WITH AN AUGMENTED-REALITY PROGRAM
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00116
Tags: us_ma, laboratory, discovery, enviromental

ABSTRACT: According to the most recent data from the federal Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, between 2001 and 2011, more than 120 university laboratory

accidents have caused injuries (including one death) and millions of dollars in damages. Laboratory-safety lessons normally comprise lecture slides alongside occasional movies

and tours of laboratory facilities. This approach limits the realism of safety instruction within the laboratory. In addition, enthusiasm for laboratory-safety lectures is often low for both

instructors and participants. To address these issues, we have developed an augmented-reality (AR) program to increase enthusiasm and enhance the learning experience for

laboratory safety using Microsoft HoloLens. AR is an emerging field that uses computer technologies to generate realistic images, sounds, and other sensations that replicate a real environment. When compared with static or one-sided laboratory lectures, our approach creates an interactive learning environment where students must physically move around the laboratory to learn about laboratory safety. As each of the images and holograms for this open-source program can be placed in any location for any laboratory configuration, our program is designed to be used in any laboratory around the globe.

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BARTLETT STUDENT INJURED IN SCIENCE EXPERIMENT GONE WRONG; TEACHER SUSPENDED
https://wgntv.com/2018/05/25/suburban-teacher-suspended-after-science-experiment-goes-wrong/
Tags: us_il, laboratory, release, injury, liquid_nitrogen

BARTLETT, Ill. ‰?? A teacher at a suburban high school was suspended Friday after a student was injured in a science experiment.

The science teacher at Bartlett High School was reportedly showing students an experiment with liquid nitrogen. The student was lying on the floor as part of the demonstration.

‰??[A small amount] was meant to be poured on his chest,‰?? senior Casper Tokarz said. But "he poured all of it on him, and it instantly just burned him.‰??

Sources tell WGN News the student was severely burned in his groin area after the teacher poured the liquid nitrogen on him. The teacher has been with the school a long time and has done this experiment in the past, sources said.

The district said the teacher involved was put on paid administrative leave pending an investigation.

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