Needle Stick Mindfulness & Infectious Agent Exposure

Summary A Postdoctoral Scholar was handling the blood of infectious agent exposed mice outside of a biosafety cabinet. While trying to expel blood from the syringe into an Eppendorf tube the blood apparently dried in the needle tip.  When the researcher exerted additional pressure to expel the blood. The needle disconnected and the tip of … Continued

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Furnace Experiment Sample Tube Failure

Summary An older sample tube being used in a furnace containing tungsten selenide (SDS warning: Acutely Toxic by Inhalation – GHS Category 3) failed releasing a small reddish-colored cloud into the air.  The student immediately turned off the oven and departed the lab. EHS was notified and immediately reported to the scene. Upon arrival, EHS … Continued

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Exothermic Reaction: Acryloyl Chloride Near Miss

Summary A small volume (~ 20 mL total volume) reaction “exothermed” and sprayed out the top of the reaction vessel. The reaction consisted of 10 mL of cyclopentadiene and 9.5 mL of acryloyl chloride in a 50 mL round bottom flask. The reaction took place in a chemical fume hood; however, the sash panels were … Continued

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Propane Release from Laboratory Gas Valve

Summary A weekend custodial crew was performing a comprehensive cleaning of a laboratory in preparation for the space to be occupied by a newly hired Principle Investigator. In addition to the areas routinely cleaned, the staff was instructed to clean the bench-tops inside a cold room located within the laboratory space.  During the process of … Continued

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UV Light Exposure in Air-Handling Unit

Summary A Facilities staff member responded to a service request requiring work in an air-handling unit (AHU) equipped with UV lights. The UV lights were part of a pilot project to evaluate their performance and ability to prevent fungal growth on cooling coils. This was the only AHU on campus currently equipped with this type … Continued

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