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2  Have some responsibility for responding to incidents (chemical, biological, fire, radiological, etc.)  Have this as an additional duty – it ain’t their full time nor primary job.

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4 Mercury Spill Response Mason, Civil Engineering

5 Explosion in Hood MoSE 2285

6 President’s Wife Complains that a Fox is Drinking out of the pool and chasing her cat

7 10 PM: Recover Materials from Dorm Drug Bust

8 Let’s get this over with and: a.Get Back to Work b. Go Home c. Get a Beer

9  Could we have done it better  Is there a way to prevent recurrences

10 One Hour (9-10 AM) 1 st Friday of the Month Mandatory For Hazardous Waste and Chemical Safety Personnel Voluntary for Every One Else

11 GEORGIA TECH POLICE FACILITIES O&M COMMUNICATION S & MARKETING ATLANTA FIRE & RESCUE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MEDICAL SERVICES OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS EHS BUILDING MGR

12 EHS GA Tech EHS Non-OSHA All Exempt

13 Currently “HAZWOPER” Qualified Not OSHA Regulated All Full-Time Exempt Hazwoper Qualified

14 24/7 On-Call Personnel Not OSHA Regulated All Full-Time Exempt

15 2nd: Mercury Spill (Boggs 2-52) 15 th Needle stick w/ Baboon Cells 20 Jun: Street Sweeper/Hydraulic oil release 27 Jun: Trash Can Fire (North Ave Apartments)

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17  Power Point “Blank” Posted to Shared Drive at Beginning of the Month  Events Posted as they Occur

18  Whoever had the action briefs it  NO recriminations  Try to answer:  What could we have done different/better  What can be done to prevent recurrences

19  Nothing Earth Shaking  Have we reduced incidents?  For at Least One-Hour per Month we’re focused on this one subject  Many/Most of the Actions Taken May have been accomplished anyway (But presenting them in public and having the Boss write them down – adds emphasis)  Good Material for Use with “Safety” Committees and answering “what have you done for me lately?”

20  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).

21  Leaking Sulfuric Acid Bottle Discovered During CHEMATIX Reconciliation  Recovered Same  Took to HazMat Bldg

22 AFR Response Vehicles Incident Command Evacuees  Oct 2011: Student Assistants prepping for Freshman chemistry lab, mixed the wrong materials.  Alarm pulled: Bldg Evacuated  About a 4 ½ hour exercise

23  Distraught co-ed in parking lot reported “40 students trapped in building!”  Attempted to re-enter to sweep and air test  Door locked-no one had access

24  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).  Training for EHS Personnel.

25 No one from General Safety on Campus = Refresher on Trenching Rules and Procedures.

26  Contractor Busted Gas Line  GTPD/AFR/AGL/EHS Responded  Minor leak that was barely discernible  Fire Alarm Pulled in Old CE Building  Library Building Manager and Area 4 Facilities Maintenance contacted.  Gas to Crossland Tower shut off and left off at meter until next morning.  Should have contacted Utilities & Engineering.

27  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).  Training for EHS Personnel.  Identify Training Needs of Campus Constituents

28  Worker trying to access roof hatch from 8-ft. ladder  Lost balance causing ladder to “kick-out” from under him  Fell to mezzanine floor

29  ME Capstone Student was clean up after the previous day’s research.  The needle was contaminated with rhesus monkey blood from the CDC that was infected with Plasmodium coatneyi.  The student was recapping the needle after removing it from the trash beaker and placing into a bleach solution.  The student was pricked in the right index finger  She washed with soap and water and then waited at least an hour to call Student health Services  The CDC was contacted and the monkey was determined to have a clean bill of health.  The student’s blood was tested by the National B virus lab and was free of typical monkey illnesses

30  GTPD Dispatch – Student reported Leaking Nitrogen Tank in an equipment corridor  Pozniak Responded  Did not find GTPD on site, but did locate the cylinder  Was about to call dispatch when searched out both by phone and in person.  Was unaware that AFR had been called and that GTPD had established a Command Post  Convinced AFR that evacuation was not necessary.

31  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).  Training for EHS Personnel.  Identify Training Needs for Campus Constituents  Change EHS Procedures/Capabilities

32  THF still explodes, activating sprinkler system.  One injury (sprained wrist)  Full (AFR++) Response  GTENS alert to “Evacuate Campus”  EHS personnel inundated with calls.

33  28 June:Dangerous Gas Monitoring Alarm Bunger-Henry Carbinization Lab Bunger-Henry Carbinization Lab Reported by monitoring Company as a fire. Reported by monitoring Company as a fire.  Sep 5: H2S: Bunger Henry 439, Attributed to “bad "Regulator.  Aug 15: Determined to be an electrical glitch  Electrical problem continues but no more alarms being sent  System only accessible from on-campus.  EHS had to come to Campus to reset.  Have 4 people with Tech issued and programmed laptops that allow access and resets from home.

34  Took 2 ½ Hours to Get HVAC and Electrician Support  EHS Managers Now Have Facilities O&M on-call roster at home.  Emergency Generator brought in to supply power to Campus Rec Center due to a pool leak into an electrical room  Parked under major air intakes  1,000 children and adults at swim meet w/diesel fumes.

35  Package rejected by FEDEX  Brought Back Upstairs by Shane  Discovered to be Leaking  Acid Burns and Loss of Trousers  Seen at Concentra  For Discussion: ■ Proper Packaging? ■ Handling out of ordinary shipments ■ Ventilation Fan did not work  Shipping of “large amounts” moved to HAZMAT  Installed Drench Hose at EHS  Got the adapter to make the fan work

36  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).  Training for EHS Personnel.  Identify Training Needs for Campus Constituents  Change EHS Procedures/Capabilities  Examine Questionable Procedures

37 1 FEB: NITRIC ACID/DIETHYL ETHER MIXTURE  Student working added nitric acid solution to solution of diethyl ether and lignin.  Mixture reacted violently and erupted into student’s face  Student not working in fume hood – fume hood was full of “stuff” that could have been located elsewhere  Student not wearing safety glasses (but did not get any in eyes)  Student did not use eyewash in lab, instead went down hall to men’s room.  Student treated at Stamps - received 1 st and 2 nd degree chemical burns to face

38  GTPD contacted EHS approx 6PM; 4 th Floor MoSE reported odor similar to that of the night before.  Culprit was inappropriately discarded container.  Research Suspended Pending Review.

39  Reinforce things we already know (or should know).  Training for EHS Personnel.  Identify Training Needs of Constituents  Change EHS Procedures/Capabilities  Examine Questionable Procedures  Initiate Corrective Actions

40  Identified a small amount of smoke protruding from a t-joint where a couple tubes exhaust into one line  Main tube was exhausting vacuum pump near the bottom of the glove box  Looked to be a visible amount of smoke inside the tube  Pump was sitting below glove box on near side (from angle of picture)  Dr. Thadhani also came in and helped guide us on what was reported  Area 1 Facilities Maintenance came and helped us trace/check exhaust lines in 372

41  Original report was “gas leak”  Led to evacuating building, AFR response, and shutting off of all gas to the building.  Lithium sulfide in THF sample being dried in vacuum chamber of glove box  AHU and large exhaust fans shut down due to freezing temps (“freeze stat”) causing sulfide odors to release into room and hallway  Lab closed until Tuesday  EHS returned on Tuesday to open lab and check for lingering odors (Area I and Building Managers coordinated return of gas service)

42  Inspected Lab: ■ Many Findings to including 8 Separate Devices Vented Though Building HVAC System, some connected w/ Duct Tape  Meet w/ Lab Personnel, Maintenance, and Department Chair  Redesign of Ventilation System for 372 (and another lab) in Progress

43  Lab Personnel Shut off Water During Change out of Filtration System.  While Water was Off, Someone Turned on a faucet in a non-draining sink  When the water came on…..  Lab Personnel, Building Services cleaned up – but, no one checked the chase – which was leaking water to 3 rd Floor.  This lab is snake-bit, need checklist procedures Water Leaking Thru Fire caulk?

44  In preparation for maintenance, 2 x 50 gallon acid filled tanks were to be brought to neutral.  Added ½ of a 30 gallon drum of 50% Sodium Hydroxide.  Machine emitted a heavy foam covering ~ 50 sq feet. Foam pH’d at 11; Ammonia Release: Draeger’s Pegged.  HEPACO performed clean- up; completed at 3:45 AM Saturday.  Don’t have HEPACO cost; disposal cost for clean-up and maintenance will be over $3,000. Spill Response: 17K

45  We Like What We Do  Improvements  Incident Log/Record  Capture It All (we generally ignore IAQ, slips-trips- and falls, etc)  Procedures Book/Checklist  Guidelines for Repeating Incidents  Sloooowly  Periodic AARs with All the Players

46  No Matter How Busy you are  Take the time to review your response(s)  It pays off  And……

47 Buzz agrees w/ Mr. Santayana “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”


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