2012
News 10
A chemical mishap in a high school science lab Tuesday sent more than two dozen people to hospitals to be checked out, and forced the evacuation of the school for the rest of the day.
News 10
A minor hydrochloric acid spill at a Caltech laboratory Monday afternoon prompted a lab worker to be taken to a local hospital for treatment, fire officials said.
News 10
Two minor fire accidents were reported in the City on Monday. There has been no loss of life or major property damage in both the incidents.
News 10
A preliminary hearing started on Nov. 16 in the unprecedented felony labor code violation case against University of California, Los Angeles, chemistry professor Patrick Harran. The charges stem from a 2008 fire in Harran’s lab that led to the death of research assistant Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji.
Kenneth Roy, the science safety expert with the National Science Teachers Association in Virginia, knows a few things about chemicals and experiments that are performed in many of the nation's public schools.
News 10
A young chemist fatally burned in a UCLA laboratory was inadequately trained, lacked experience and was not given protective gear before handling highly flammable chemicals, an expert witness testified Tuesday.
News 10
A staff research assistant who died about two and a half weeks after being injured in a December 2008 laboratory fire at UCLA suffered burns over almost half of her body, a doctor testified Friday.
News 10
A chemical spill Tuesday afternoon forced students to evacuate Ward Beecher Hall on Youngstown State University's campus. Classes were canceled in that building for the rest of the evening.
News 10
Several students and a teacher were burned during a science experiment at a high school in Camden County, New Jersey.
News 10
A report of a chemical explosion inside the Math & Physical Science Building (Building #3) at the Erie Community College South Campus in Orchard Park sent emergency crews racing to the scene.
News 10
These days, the eyes of the academic chemistry community are riveted on a courtroom in Los Angeles, where University of California, Los Angeles chemistry Professor Patrick Harran stands accused of “wilfully violating occupational safety and health standards and causing the death of a young technician in his laboratory.”
News 10
An employee of a Needham-based laboratory suffered major burns from a toxic chemical explosion yesterday, according to Needham Fire Department reports.
News 10
Two Elk Grove middle school students were hurt Monday when a science experiment went awry.
Science Careers
On 27 July, the regents of the University of California (UC) took a step unprecedented in U.S. history, one that laboratory safety experts believe is likely to help raise the customarily lax safety standards that have prevailed until now in many academic labs across the country.
Chronicle
The University of California on Friday settled three felony charges stemming from a fatal 2008 lab fire that led to the unprecedented filing of criminal charges against both the university and the professor in whose lab the accident occurred.
lsureveille
A small chemical fire started in the Life Sciences Building late Monday night.
Firehouse
An explosion at a laboratory run by a University of Texas institute doing research for the U.S. Army sent shrapnel flying, injuring a driver on North Bagdad Road in Leander on Tuesday.
The Times Of India
Students working in the chemistry laboratory of St Joseph's School at Bowbazar in central Kolkata had a narrow escape when the gas cylinder that fuels the Bunsen burners in the laboratory exploded on Monday morning.
Chemical & Engineering News
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration released in March a long-awaited update to its Hazard Communication Standard, the regulation that determines how chemical safety information is relayed to workers.
USA Today
A $214 million bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents, government documents and internal e-mails show.
Lab Manager Magazine
Three years ago we began surveying our readers to find out about their lab safety practices and to track how those practices change moving forward.
 
WESTERLY — Eight Westerly High School students and one adult were taken to The Westerly Hospital for treatment Friday morning after they were inadvertently exposed to a chemical used to preserve specimens in science classes.
Daily Herald
A graduate assistant in the Boston College chemistry department was taken to a local hospital after he came in contact with a dangerous chemical this morning that forced officials to evacuate the building, authorities said.
Daily Herald
The chemical that sent a dozen people to the hospital Tuesday following an explosion in an Arlington Heights factory demands caution when working with it, even in laboratory conditions, a chemistry professor said Wednesday.
Nj
A Princeton University researcher was treated for chemical burns to her face today when a glass container of acid shattered in a lab in the campus’ new chemistry building.
Chemical & Engineering News
While a researcher fractionally distilled the primary phosphine (C6F5)PH2, which was synthesized by the reduction of (C6F5)PCl2 with an excess of lithium aluminum hydride (LAH), the distillation apparatus containing the phosphine detonated. Fortunately, because the researcher was wearing appropriate personal protective equipment and working in front of a sliding blast shield, only minor injuries resulted from the explosion.
Nj
A Princeton University researcher was treated for chemical burns to her face today when a glass container of acid shattered in a lab in the campus’ new chemistry building.
Lab Manager Magazine
Several fairly recent accidents at universities in the United States have meant officials are looking more intensely at academic chemistry labs and how those involved treat safety.
COLLEGIAN
A CSU doctoral student was treated for cuts after a vial of liquid exploded in a second floor chemistry lab Monday morning.
Central Science
A young research associate killed by a highly virulent strain of meningococcal disease is believed to have contracted the bacteria from the San Francisco lab where he was working on a vaccine against it, public health officials said on Thursday.
Central Science
Dow Chemical and the University of Minnesota (UMN) announced on Monday a pilot program to improve laboratory safety in the university’s chemistry and chemical engineering laboratories.
Central Science
The Dow Chemical Company and University of Minnesota are expanding their strategic partnership by launching a pilot program to improve safety awareness and practices in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the university's College of Science and Engineering. The pilot program will leverage key elements of Dow's best-in-class practices to help improve university laboratory safety.
Central Science
Natrona County Fire crews responded to a science experiment gone wrong this morning at Midwest High School. A small fire from a chemical reaction caused the incident that investigators describe as accidental. One student was treated and released with a chemical burn.
Central Science
Every day, 12 workers die on the job across America. As the nation's secretary of labor, I am surrounded by numbers about jobs, the labor market and about the economy more broadly. But the number 12 stays with me. It is a haunting reminder of the hard-working Americans we lose every day, often in the prime of their life, filled with the energy that we need to build a better world.
Chronicle
University laboratories in the United States have suffered nearly 120 explosions, fires, and chemical releases in the past decade, according to a federal tally. But until late last year, the number of criminal charges filed over lapses in laboratory safety was zero.
Central Science
The University of California, Los Angeles, and chemistry professor Patrick Harran were scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon on felony charges for violating California labor laws, but the court proceeding has once again been postponed. The charges stem from the death of researcher Sheharbano (Sheri) Sangji three years ago after a fire in Harran’s lab. Arraignment is now scheduled for June 7, reports C&EN SCENE editor Michael Torrice.
Lab Manager Magazine
A few days after Christmas of 2008, a young technician in a biochemistry laboratory at the University of California-Los Angeles began to transfer a tablespoon of t-butyl lithium from one container to another. T-butyl lithium is pyrophoric, meaning it ignites on contact with air, but Sheri Sangji wasn't wearing a protective lab coat—instead, she had on a flammable synthetic sweatshirt. Somehow the stuff spilled onto her clothing, and she was engulfed in flames. Sangji died from her burns 18 days later, and UCLA officials bemoaned the "tragic accident" that killed her.
News 10
Emergency crews were called to reports of an explosion at Hardenhuish Academy in Chippenham at around 12:30 GMT.
News 10
According to Public Safety Chief Officer, Rob Dean, the alarm was set off due to a non-toxic chemical spill in a surgical tech classroom. All students and faculty were evacuated as suggested by the San Bruno firefighters.
Carlisle Fire & Rescue Fire Chief John Heberlig said the department is still investigating what took place in an eighth grade science classroom Wednesday, but rubbing alcohol and fire appear to be the culprits.
News 10
Before any students in the Lower Dauphin School District do any science experiments, they are required to take a classroom safety test.
News 10
A small chemical explosion in an Erie Community College South classroom Monday morning left three people with minor injuries and forced the closing of the building for the rest of the day, authorities reported.
Taunton Daily Gazette
Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a small fire broke out in a trash barrel in a science lab — the second minor blaze at B-R this month.
North County Times
LA JOLLA — Hazardous materials crews and a bomb squad destroyed a test tube containing an explosive chemical in a University of California San Diego laboratory building Friday.
Metro News
Accidents in academic chemistry labs — like the explosion that injured a Derry Area High School teacher on Wednesday — aren’t few and far between.
Metro News
His face and hands burned and shirt collar ablaze, a popular Derry Area High School teacher hurried students away from an explosion in a chemistry lab Wednesday before he thought of himself, a student who witnessed the incident said.
Metro News
A male research technician was rushed to hospital after a chemical explosion inside Western University’s Robarts Research Institute on Tuesday.
UTV News
A fire has broken out at a chemical laboratory in a building at Queen's University, Belfast.
Wisconsin Radio Network
A high school teacher was injured in an explosion Monday in Dane County. Stoughton Schools Superintendent Tim Onsager said a teacher injured in a lab suffered burns to the palm of her hand and has been taken to a hospital.
Chemical & Engineering News
In an agreement aimed at improving laboratory safety across the nation’s largest public university system, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office last month dropped felony charges it had filed against the University of California for labor code violations that allegedly led to the 2009 death of a UC Los Angeles chemistry staff researcher.
CH & S
On Friday, July 27, the University of California system reached an agreement with the Los Angeles District attorney's office that includes a list of chemicals for which Standard Operating Procedures and training are required.
Chemical & Engineering News
A recently launched Web site, LabSafetyWorkspace.org, offers free, short safety training courses to scientists everywhere.
Chemical & Engineering News
Fourth time, same as the first: Arraignment of the University of California, Los Angeles, and chemistry professor Patrick Harran for felony violations of California labor laws has been postponed once more.
BioITWorld
Officials say a Los Angeles high school was evacuated and three people were taken to the hospital after a teacher mixed up her acids in a classroom chemistry experiment.
BioITWorld
Keeping track of all of the safety rules for reactions and reagents was an overwhelming proposal, so the chemistry safety officers at Bristol-Myers Squibb recruited informatics help to see if there was another option.
WIBW.COM
Manhattan fire officials say six people were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon after an acid spill in a lab on Kansas State University's campus.
Lab Manager Magazine
Emergency services received a call at 11:47 BST on Thursday reporting a fire in a chemical lab in the David Keir building on Stranmillis Road.
Lab Manager Magazine
Pilot program will leverage key elements of Dow’s industry-leading practices to help enhance university laboratory safety, reinforcing the company’s commitment to advancing scientific research at leading U.S. universities
Lab Manager Magazine
SCIENCE teacher suffered burns after a chemical exploded during a demonstration to pupils at Garstang Community Academy.
Lab Manager Magazine
A US laboratory worker contracted a painful, slow-healing cowpox virus infection on the job in 2010, marking the first such case reported in the United States, though the virus, a relative of smallpox, is known in Europe and Russia, according to a study published yesterday.
Lab Manager Magazine
Liverpool (WSYR-TV) -- A science class demonstration turned dangerous at a Liverpool middle school Thursday. Three students and a teacher ended up in the hospital with burns. Two of the students are still being treated.
Science Careers
Data show that commercial air travel is extremely safe and getting safer, but, as the U.S. Chemical Safety Board forcefully asserted in October, the same cannot be said for academic laboratories.
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Posters encouraging the use of personal protective equipment will soon be in all laboratories on UNC’s campus, said Mary Beth Koza, director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety.
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A first-of-its-kind laboratory safety center has been established at University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA officials announced on March 30. The UC Center for Laboratory Safety, they say, will support research into the effectiveness of lab safety programs, including safety training and inspections.
ucla magazine
In 2008, a tragic accident in a campus lab profoundly shook the Bruin community. In response, UCLA didn't just revise its policies; it innovated, so much so that the university has become a go-to training resource on lab safety for other institutions, regulatory agencies, private research operations and trade organizations. And the new, Westwood-based University of California Center for Laboratory Safety is the first of its kind in the country.
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The shocking death of physics and astronomy undergraduate student Michele Dufault in a machine shop at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, last week should grab the attention of researchers and safety officers at universities across the United States, and the wider world. Rightly, the immediate focus is on whether the university could have taken more precautions to prevent the accident. But whatever the verdict, Dufault's death — late at night and probably while working alone — should remind every researcher to consider their own attitude to safety, and whether it is crowded out by other priorities.
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A newly developed UCLA research center will be the first of its kind in the nation to study lab safety and develop optimal lab practices.
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UCLA has created the University of California Center for Laboratory Safety to support research in this emerging field and facilitate the translation of results into best practices on the campus, as well as at other universities and research organizations.
Lab Manager Magazine
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has filed felony charges against the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and chemistry professor Dr. Patrick Harran in connection to the January 2009 death of a university lab research associate.
Lab Manager Magazine
Los Angeles district attorney Steve Cooley issued a felony complaint arrest warrant on December 27, 2011 against Professor Patrick Harran and the Regents of UCLA for willfully violating worker safety standards three years ago that led to the death of Sheri Sangji. On January 3, the warrant was withdrawn after the accused made a brief court appearance. An arraignment date is set for February 2.
Lab Manager Magazine
James Gibson, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Environment, Health and Safety (EH&S), and Nancy Wayne, Ph.D., Professor of Physiology and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), talk to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D., about the recently formed UC Center for Laboratory Safety, its mission and its goals. They emphasize the fact that there is not much peer-reviewed literature available and no easy access to information and guidance on laboratory safety. Hence, one of the goals of the Center is to address important questions concerning lab safety, and to create lab practices based on empirical data, which will then be made available online for researchers to study and implement.