- The exploding rodent tale, Ron's dimethyl mercury and other chemical faux paus (hazardous waste management in King County, Washington)
- New Environmental Health and Safety Policy adopted by NMSU - effective Nov 2000 (Reference: AP&P manual)
- Propane Tanks Explode at Gas Company, T or C, NM (Jan 7, 2001 - Chem.Incid.Rept.Ctr.)
- Tire Co. Casts Blame on Design (Safety Online article - 12/19/2000). Also see Car and Driver Safety links (Safety internet resources)
- Lesson Learned: Automobile safety - Overloaded car!!!
- OSHA Top 15 citations listed for 1999
- Cornell University Medical Center, liquid nitrogen from MRI kills worker, six others overcome by fumes (Sept 2000)
- Mercury contamination from home thermostats (National Public Radio - aired Sept 2000)
- Hydrogen buildup in Rutgers Lab leads to small explosion (September 2000)
- High pressure gas cylinder explodes, kills four, injures 50 in Bangladesh (August 2000)
- Safety Exposition and Trade Show, September 15, 2000 Corbett Center
- EPA holds educational institutions to same standards as industry "University of Hawaii recently paid $1.8 million ... penalties for ... poorly managing laboratory waste" (EPA News - July 2000)
- Explosive peroxides can be present in lab chemicals (lab network.com news -July 2000)
- EPA expected to ban Durban, a widely used pesticide (National Public Radio - aired June 1, 2000)
- Design is key to safer lab environments (lab network.com news - June 2000)
- EPA - Environmental and safety compliance questions for college and university presidents (EPA Office of Enforcement -June 2000)
- Caution phosgene hazard from chloroform (posted April 2000)
- Farm and ranch safety audit (posted May 2000)
- EPA launches compliance aimed at New England universities Univ. of New Hampshire fined $308,000 for hazardous waste violations " (EPA Notes- March 1999)
- Lehigh University, sodium hyprochlorite lab explosion, $600,000 damage (Feb 2000)
- Man severely injured in explosion at Bristol University; four others hurt (Feb 2000)
- Nitric and sulfuric acid explosion at MIT laboratory (Jan 2000).
- Bioremediation is cost saver for clean up of spills from minor auto accidents. Commercial spray will help reduces risk of potential contamination from oil, grease & other liquids. Its use should help eliminate potential ground water pollution from minor petroleum spills and reduce cost of disposal of debris from these and from cleanup of minor auto accidents (more information-vendor, EH&S memo) (posted after demonstration Dec 1999)
- Mercury poisoning of researcher at Dartmouth College (Chem & Engineering News May 12, 1997 and Athens News, Lyme, NH, Sept 1997
- Cutting Christmas trees safely (from Southwest Lawn & Garden December 1997)
- Tips on pesticide use around the home (from the City of Las Cruces and the NMSU/Dona Ana Cooperative Extension Service)
Caution - Phosgene hazard from chloroform (posted April 2000)
- Purchase stabilized chloroform whenever possible. Amylene, a common stabilizer, will reduce, but not prevent, the generation of phosgene.
- If unstabilized
chloroform is needed, treat it as a time-sensitive chemical similar to ether;
- date when received;
- date when opened; and
- discard within one year.
- Store chloroform in a dark place (cabinet) in an amber bottle to reduce rate of decomposition.
- Open chloroform containers in a chemical fume hood and use it in the fume hood as much as possible.
- If you have opened unstabilized chloroform or chloroform stabilized with amylene that has been in the laboratory for more than one year, it is in your best interest to dispose of it as hazardous waste.
HazardResearchers at the University of California, Los Angeles became ill after using a three-year-old bottle of chloroform. Analysis of the chloroform revealed concentrations of 15,000 ppm of phosgene in the headspace of the bottle and 1.1% concentration of phosgene in the bulk solution. While most material safety data sheets (MSDS) warn that phosgene may be generated from chloroform when exposed to flames, electrical arcs, intense sunlight or hot surfaces. they do not mention that phosgene may be generated over time from prolonged storage. The incident at UCLA suggests that chloroform can break down and form phosgene in older containers. Brief exposures (1 to 2 minutes) to 20 ppm phosgene can cause severe lung injury, and higher concentrations can cause death from pulmonary edema. Initial symptoms of exposure include throat irritation, coughing, chest pain, nausea and difficulty breathing. Severe symptoms such as extreme difficulty breathing may appear one to twenty-four hours after exposure. Precaution As chloroform is used in laboratories on campus, researchers using this compound should follow these precautions:
MEMOS via ABCD distribution
2000 Spring Safety Classes Memo - ABCD distribution
2000 Summer Safety Classes by Month - webpage
2000 Jun 06, Defensive Driving for Summer & Fall 2000 - ABCD distribution
2000 Fall Safety Classes by Month - webpage
2000 Dec 07, Defensive Driving Classes Posting - ABCD distribution
2000 Dec 07, Defensive Driving Classes for Spring 2001 - ABCD distribution
University Safety Committee Meetings, minutes for:
|February 16, 2000||April 19, 2000||September 13, 2000||November 15, 2000|
|February 17, 1999||October 20, 1999||December 15, 1999|
|October 21, 1998||December 16, 1998|