2015
Universities/Colleges
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A student at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was injured Tuesday afternoon when a mixture of chemicals he was working with in a science laboratory exploded...
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A former federal police officer was charged with trying to make methamphetamine in a federal laboratory that exploded last month, injuring the ex-officer...
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Firefighters responded to a hazmat spill in south central El Paso...
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The professor at the center of an acrimonious dispute between the University of California at San Diego and the University of Southern California says he made clear to UC for months that he intended to switch institutions...
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The beryllium exposure limit for industrial workers would be slashed to a tenth of what it is now under an Aug. 6 proposal by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration...
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A hazardous materials team responded to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Dentistry after a bio-hazard spill was reported early Thursday morning...
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When an explosion rocked a laboratory in the special projects building on the US National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) campus in Maryland on 18 July, news spread quickly that the incident was connected to a secret methamphetamine lab...
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Suppose a student in the research labs at Northwestern University mixed up a couple of chemicals that didn't like each other and an explosion occurred, resulting in injuries. How would you handle it? ...
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Recently, The University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH) Alumnist and current director of Environmental Health and Safety for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Dr. Scott Patlovich’s doctoral dissertation article was featured on the cover of Applied Biosafety, the peer-reviewed professional journal of the American Biological Safety Association ABSA...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching a comprehensive review of how it regulates safety and security at bioterror labs in the wake of an ongoing USA TODAY Media Network investigation that has prompted congressional probes into the agency’s effectiveness...
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A band of more than 50 scientists has created a website to help biologists avoid poor-quality chemical reagents that undermine experiments in molecular biology and drug discovery...
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Police say a chemical reaction caused a small explosion Friday at Michigan State University that forced the evacuation Friday of rooms surrounding a laboratory in Giltner Hall...
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A Doha Criminal Court has adjourned to Oct 25, the hearing of the case about an explosion in the laboratory of the branch campus of a foreign university killing one person...
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The widely used herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is “possibly carcinogenic to humans,” concludes the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)...
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The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today took urgent action to improve the agency’s public transparency and accountability and ability to help prevent chemical disasters...
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Chemicals deemed safe to humans may blend lethally together inside the human body to cause cancer, a high-profile scientific taskforce has ruled...
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The fire department had to decontaminate 11 people after a hazmat incident Wednesday inside the animal pathology building on the University of Kentucky's campus...
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Firefighters made quick work of a blaze at the Stein Clinical Research Building at UC San Diego...
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How to organize 10,000 tubes of anthrax, label them, track them and keep them safe...
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A chemical spill at a Manchester imaging facility sent 10 people, including two pregnant women, to the hospital Friday morning...
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The American Biological Safety Association, a professional association dedicated to promoting and expanding biological safety expertise, would like to respond to several points in USA TODAY's biolab articles...
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What sounded scary in an IlliniAlert text message about an incident at a University of Illinois lab Saturday afternoon was quickly handled by building safety personnel and Urbana firefighters...
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ANSI-approved safety glasses—and other personal protective equipment specified in the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)—are essential whenever working with hazardous materials...
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A special report by USA Today and media partners across the country reveals the nationwide proliferation of high-containment laboratories working with dangerous pathogens...
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Officials on Wednesday broke ground for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), a $1.25 billion animal research facility near the campus of Kansas State University...
Editorial note: Contrary to the statement in the article the US has more BSL4 labs including one at the CDC.
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The US military accidentally shipped at least one live anthrax sample across the country to a commercial lab in Maryland and four workers were undergoing medical treatment as a precaution...
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The Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has recently approved a new set of Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs...
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Two buildings on the University of Toledo campus have been evacuated following a report of a chemical reaction in a lab...
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Motivated by the fear of possible new federal regulations, university leaders gathered in Washington on Wednesday as part of a national study commission seeking strategies to improve lab-safety conditions...
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In 1998, then-president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dr. Jane Luchenco called for a “New Social Contract with science”...
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Taylor Eighmy, vice chancellor for research and engagement, is heading a new national task force to enhance safety in college and university laboratories...
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What was thought to have been a dangerous chemical spill on the campus of North Dakota State University Sunday afternoon turned out to be a broken steam pipe...
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APLU today announced it has formed the Task Force on Laboratory Safety, which will provide research universities with recommendations and guidance on the most appropriate strategies to enhance a culture of laboratory safety...
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After scientists shared memorable accidents, mistakes, and errors from their laboratory experiences on Reddit last week, The Scientist asked readers to share a #labblooper or two. Here are some reader responses...
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Former University of California, Davis, chemist David S. Snyder must pay nearly $100,000 in restitution to the university and a property management company as a result of a 2013 incident in his campus apartment...
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A laboratory explosion at Georgia Tech caused authorities to evacuate a building at the Atlanta campus...
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The Henry Eyring Chemistry Building at the University of Utah was evacuated Thursday after an unplanned chemical reaction caused a small explosion...
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How do you change an entire scientific culture?...
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On October 9, 2014, the Argonne Fire Department responded to building 362 room E-332 for multiple (2) smoke detector activation...
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A research building at North Dakota State University was evacuated Friday morning after a chemical spill...
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A small fire broke out in a laboratory at a commercial building north of Brewster after a chemical exploded when a worker opened a container Wednesday morning...
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Facing pressure from the White House and members of Congress from both parties, the head of the Chemical Safety Board is resigning effective Thursday...
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For the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2014 was a bad year...
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Bomb disposal experts were called to a university campus after a student's experiment went wrong, creating a chemical that is 'highly volatile' and at risk of causing a huge explosion...
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A researcher was injured after an explosion in a chemistry laboratory at the University of Liverpool...
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On Feb. 2, a glass waste bottle exploded in a Texas Tech University teaching laboratory, injuring three undergraduate students and a graduate teaching assistant...
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Employees were working with a chemical they’ve used before inside a building that is part of MSU’s F-RIB facility...
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Tests are being undertaken at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in Norwich to ensure there is “no leakage” of chemicals after a laboratory fire...
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Monday evening around 5:30p.m. fire crews were called to McKinley Hall, the Chemistry building, at Wichita State University for a potential fire ...
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A container of hydrochloric acid has spilled on Boise State's campus and crews are awaiting on HAZMAT before going in to assess and clean the spill...
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Four people were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Monday after an explosion in the Texas Tech Chemistry Building...
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NASA confirmed at 11 a.m. EST Wednesday (January 14, 2015 at 1600 UTC) that there was no hard evidence for a real leak of toxic chemicals on the International Space Station (ISS)...
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Los Alamos National Laboratory are looking for a way to retreat over 300 nitrate salt drums that are being held both at LANL and in a Texas facility, before they can be moved...
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Everyone debated: Can scientists safely genetically modify and propagate some of the most dangerous viruses on the planet?...
Universities/Colleges
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A chemical fire erupted in a Western Washington University chemistry building on Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25...
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The American Chemical Society (ACS) and its members are being pressed to speak out against poor safety conditions in US academic labs, and to lobby the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to consider researchers' safety records when allocating funding...
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DuPont has long been recognized as a safety leader within the chemical industry. Its people train other companies and industries in best practices for environmental and workplace safety...
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The Chicago Fire Department responded to a hazmat situation Friday evening on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology on the city's South Side...
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Four people were hospitalized on Friday after a chemical spill occurred in a laboratory at the University of California, Irvine...
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The mayor of Musashimurayama gave approval Monday for the National Institute of Infectious Diseases facility in the western Tokyo suburb to handle the world’s most highly infectious and life-threatening diseases, such as Ebola...
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A coalition of environmental and public health groups filed a lawsuit against EPA last week, claiming that the agency failed to assess the risks to humans and the environment when it approved a nanosilver-based pesticide called NSPW-L30SS, or Nanosilva, for use in textiles and plastics...
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Several thousand near-surface hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations for oil and natural gas production in the U.S. pose a potentially significant risk of contaminating drinking water sources, according to a new analysis...
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When it comes to employee health, disease management and prevention get most of the attention. But occupational safety should be an integral part of any wellness strategy...
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A fire on Penn State's campus late Tuesday gutted an office leaving hundreds of people out of work Wednesday...
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An employee of a Salt Lake City medical laboratory has died after falling about 15 feet inside a two-story freezer...
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A less-than-collegial battle between two major research universities in laid-back Southern California says much about the severity of the financial pressures mounting on American higher education...
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The same facility that accidentally shipped live samples of the deadly pathogen was mixing powerful bomb-making ingredients with everyday kitchen tools, investigators found...
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Live anthrax samples shipped across the country. Forgotten vials of smallpox. Lab employees exposed to anthrax bacteria...
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One of the key trends in public opinion over the past few decades has been a growing divide among Republicans and Democrats into ideologically uniform “silos"...
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Key members of Congress, public health leaders and biosecurity experts demand better oversight and accountability for laboratories in the wake of a USA TODAY Network investigation...
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A federal investigation into a 2010 Texas Tech chemistry lab explosion that severely injured a graduate student has been closed...
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Two Kansas University students were taken to area hospitals after a chemical reaction around noon Monday in Malott Hall shattered a glass beaker and fume hood...
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A chemical leak broke out at the Physics’ Department Clarendon Laboratory last Wednesday evening, causing the building to be evacuated...
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Seven people were sent to the hospital for observation and precautionary measures following a chemical spill today in a University of Wisconsin-Platteville building...
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Reports of a suspicious package sent area police officers to Knights Circle apartments, where they found bottles filled with foil and acid — a chemical mixture that causes containers to pressurize and explode...
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A minor chemical spill caused a building on UCONN’s campus to be evacuated today...
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The recent USA TODAY series on safety breaches at biolabs raises important issues that need to be addressed...
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A Northern Arizona University spokesman is emphasizing that the university's practices have improved since a biolab on campus received a $165,000 fine from federal regulators last year due to various safety violations...
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Accidents and employee negligence at Iowa research laboratories have caused unnecessary biological risks or potentially exposed workers to bovine tuberculosis, pathogens and other dangerous viruses...
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The University of Louisville violated federal biological safety procedures, then laid off the whistleblower who had informed authorities, and her boss...
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A chemical spill at the Texas A&M Nuclear Science Center was cleaned by 10:30 and the building was deemed safe, but employees were allowed to go home for the day as a precaution...
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A 34-year-old science teacher died from smoke inhalation Friday morning following an explosion inside a laboratory at the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh...
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A building on the Edmonds Community College campus was evacuated Thursday morning due to a strong odor...
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There exists a sparse representation of blind and low-vision students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields...
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Emergency crews responded to a chemical hazard at NIST's Gaithersburg campus...
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The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)—which comprises more than 230 institutions and university systems from every state, the District of Columbia, Mexico, Canada, Guam, Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands—has formed a task force on laboratory safety...
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Dozens of drums of radioactive waste at one of the nation's premier weapons laboratories are stable after some showed signs of chemical reactions over the past year...
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Firefighters responded to a building on Penn State’s campus Sunday morning after a reported chemical spill...
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These five incidents demonstrate how seemingly small mistakes or temporary lapses in judgement can result in disaster...
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently had lab mishaps involving some of the world's most dangerous pathogens, does "inadequate" training, lacks leadership commitment toward safety and has a significant percentage of staff who are afraid to report accidents...
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Life-sciences researchers and public health workers play key roles in mitigating the threat of infectious diseases in the United States and around the world...
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A worker was refilling squeeze bottles of methanol for use in a laboratory...
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Federal investigators have finished their investigation into a bacteria outbreak at Tulane's National Primate Research Center. Although the precise route the Burkholderia pseudomallei traveled from a lab to the monkey population is unclear...
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On February 2, 2015 in a chemistry teaching lab three undergraduate students and a graduate teaching assistant (TA) were injured and required medical attention when a glass waste bottle exploded...
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A male employee at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center was treated at the hospital's emergency Thursday evening after accidentally spilling a chemical onto the floor and himself, authorities said...
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A male employee at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center was treated at the hospital's emergency Thursday evening after accidentally spilling a chemical onto the floor and himself, authorities said...
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A male employee at Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center was treated at the hospital's emergency Thursday evening after accidentally spilling a chemical onto the floor and himself, authorities said...
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A dangerous, often deadly, type of bacteria that lives in soil and water has been released from a high-security laboratory at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Louisiana...
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When the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) set its sights on two widely used antimicrobial agents last year, the organization wanted the results to have a more profound impact than a typical product warning...
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A more serious fire in an art laboratory at Bridgewater State University’s Hunt Hall was averted Wednesday when a safety device used to contain sparks from a metalworking class did its job...
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Nobody expected the first chlorine gas attack on April 22, 1915, to be quite so successful, including Fritz Haber, the weapon’s main advocate...
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HUNDREDS of students have been evacuated from the Australian Catholic University campus after a chemical spill in a laboratory...
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Benson Hall {University of Washington} sustained a basement fire Monday morning...
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On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the results of its internal investigation of the December 22 incident in Atlanta...
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced camera monitoring of workers in its highest-level biosafety laboratories as it seeks to restore public faith in its procedures after a series of mishaps...
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President Barack Obama has nominated chemist Kristen Kulinowski to the Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)...
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Despite the growing list of safety precautions at Fort Detrick labs, researchers are still in danger of exposing themselves to biological agents and toxins...
Middle/High Schools
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Firefighters and a state hazardous materials response team were called to Bourne High School Wednesday afternoon when a large mercury thermometer broke in a storage closet...
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If you saw mass mayhem and destruction going on at Nampa Christian High School last week, don’t panic...
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A St. Clair County hazmat crew was called to Dupo High School Friday night after a potentially dangerous chemical spill...
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A middle school science teacher is on paid leave and two students have been suspended for something that sent two kids to the hospital...
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Leon County Emergency Medical Services responded to the call, along with the Tallahassee Fire Department and the Sheriff's Office. Two students were admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital with burns suffered during the incident...
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About 400 students were evacuated Thursday from Hillsboro-Deering High School after a strong odor was detected in one section of the building...
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One student suffered minor burns in a chemical fire in a science lab at Apex High School...
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A high school in Arlington was evacuated early Monday morning after a teacher spilled a chemical inside of a room...
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Holcomb High School students were evacuated for about an hour Thursday morning following a flash fire caused by a chemical reaction during a chemistry class...
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No one was in any danger when an uncovered beaker of elementary mercury was discovered in a Goshen High School chemistry lab prep area on Friday...
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A student accidentally dropped a beaker of chemicals in a chemistry lab classroom at Manchester High School on Monday afternoon, resulting in the clearing of the science wing while hazmat crews cleaned up the spill...
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Last fall, a Denver teacher, Daniel Powell, was charged with four counts of misdemeanor assault after a classroom fire seriously burned a student...
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A science experiment gone awry closed a Pendleton High School classroom Wednesday...
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A chemistry teacher suffered first- and second-degree burns Wednesday while conducting an experiment at Palo Alto High School...
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A science experiment gone awry has injured three high school students in Topeka...
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A fire Wednesday morning in a Sandburg Middle School science classroom damaged ceiling tiles, class supplies and audio-video equipment, but no one was injured...
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One teacher was injured at an explosion when sodium reacted accidentally at chemistry lesson in the western province of Yalova on Wednesday...
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Two Sandstone Elementary students and others were injured Friday afternoon when a glass container used in an science experiment demonstration exploded...
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Fire broke out in a chemistry lab in Mitchell High School in Trinity Wednesday night...
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Six people have been taken to hospital and 1000 students evacuated after a chemical spill at a Melbourne school...
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Winnemucca Junior High School students are in the process of being decontaminated after a student brought a salt shaker filled with mercury to school...
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The JEC’s Bruriah High School for Girls was evacuated last Thursday when a maintenance worker accidentally spilled sulfuric acid/drain cleaner in his workroom...
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The Jewish Educational Center building on North Avenue was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a custodian spilled sulfuric acid in the building...
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New documents reveal details of a chemical explosion last winter at Skyview Academy in Highlands Ranch...
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Four students were treated for inhaling toxic chemicals after a reaction in a chemistry lab at Beaverton high School...
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Nearly two dozen people were taken to the hospital after a HazMat situation at a school in Queens...
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A lab mishap involving lauric acid sent a dozen Gloucester County high schoolers to the hospital and forced a snowy school-wide evacuation...
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Four teenage students and their teacher suffered minor chemical burns when a class science experiment went awry at a North York school...
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Hazmat crews were called to a Wallingford, Pennsylvania school to investigate a chemical spill...