19 January 2010 17:16 [Source: ICIS news]
TORONTO (ICIS news)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will investigate the causes of a laboratory explosion at Texas Tech University earlier this month, and it also plans a broad review of similar accidents at school and university labs across the US, it said on Tuesday.
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The accident appeared to have occurred in the chemistry department during the handling of a high-energy metal compound, which suddenly detonated, it said.
CSB chairman John Bresland said his organisation was seeing accidents in high school and university labs every year.
“I believe it is time to begin examining these accidents to see if they can be prevented through the kind of rigorous safety management systems that we and others have advocated in industrial settings,” he said.
The CSB planned to collect information on several laboratory accidents for a future study on the topic, he said.
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