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Safer Storage

Science education requires equipment, labware, hazardous chemicals, and project storage. To meet this need, dedicated storage space with specific types of casework is required, including open shelving or cabinets in labs or dedicated storage spaces or rooms. Legal safety standards such as OSHA’s Housekeeping Standard and safe walkways come into play. The safer storage of hazardous chemicals is also governed by many local, state and federal regulations, like NFPA and EPA codes.

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Chemical Spill At Seattle Lab, Woman Hospitalized

SEATTLE, WA — A woman is being treated at the hospital after hydrofluoric acid spilled at a lab in Seattle's University District Wednesday night. Hazmat crews responded to the 4600 block of Union Bay Place NE shortly before 6 p.m. The specifics of where the spill happened have not been disclosed, but the block houses a number of facilities, including a nano-technology firm, computer research firm and a battery manufacturer.

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Student Burned in High School Science Experiment Says It Was 'Something Out of a Horror Movie'

Nearly six years after a high school chemistry experiment went terribly wrong, one young man is opening up about an explosion that left him with burns on more than 30 percent of his body.

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Don’t mix sodium hydride with polar aprotic solvents

Combining sodium hydride with some solvents can be a bad idea, as a group of researchers from Corteva Agriscience and Dow Chemical remind the chemistry community in Organic Process Research & Development ,(2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.oprd.9b00276).

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Unsafe Hotplates

In recent years, there have been incidents across the country of hot plates spontaneously heating in the OFF position. In some instances, these malfunctions have led to fires and explosions. Hot plates manufactured prior to 1984 do not have temperature feedback controls. As a result, they may spontaneously heat with the heater dial in the OFF position.

MIT has compiled a list of hotplates that have been referenced by institutions as having reported incidents. To view this list, please click the "View details" button below.

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Personal Protective Equipment

Wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing the exposure to acceptable levels. PPE includes all clothing and other work accessories designed to create a barrier against workplace hazards.

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