> >Please join with me in writing your Senators and Representatives! A ban is clearly needed on this dangerous explosive, nitrogen!
The public information challenge of hazmat situations is one interesting aspect of this story, although my experience is what gets printed is not reliable for identification of the actual hazardous material involved.
The more interesting aspect of the story as reported is that someone randomly walked into a chemistry building and was able to start playing with gas cylinders of any kind. The reason I continue to collect and share these hazmat headlines after 10 years is to remind myself and the chemical safety community of the risks that emerge in real life situations. These risks are usually not related to unexpected chemical reactions or exotic equipment, but arise from human factors which are overlooked or otherwise not well managed. I find it quite helpful to have reminders on a regular basis that it can be simple aspects of a situation that translate a hazard into a risk...
Thanks for pointing out this other aspects of the story, though.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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