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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.
Mercury Spill Response Mason, Civil Engineering
Explosion in Hood MoSE 2285
President’s Wife Complains that a Fox is Drinking out of the pool and chasing her cat
10 PM: Recover Materials from Dorm Drug Bust
Let’s get this over with and: a.Get Back to Work b. Go Home c. Get a Beer
Could we have done it better Is there a way to prevent recurrences
One Hour (9-10 AM) 1 st Friday of the Month Mandatory For Hazardous Waste and Chemical Safety Personnel Voluntary for Every One Else
GEORGIA TECH POLICE FACILITIES O&M COMMUNICATION S & MARKETING ATLANTA FIRE & RESCUE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MEDICAL SERVICES OUTSIDE CONTRACTORS EHS BUILDING MGR
EHS GA Tech EHS Non-OSHA All Exempt
Currently “HAZWOPER” Qualified Not OSHA Regulated All Full-Time Exempt Hazwoper Qualified
24/7 On-Call Personnel Not OSHA Regulated All Full-Time Exempt
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)
Power Point “Blank” Posted to Shared Drive at Beginning of the Month Events Posted as they Occur
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
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?”
Reinforce things we already know (or should know).
Leaking Sulfuric Acid Bottle Discovered During CHEMATIX Reconciliation Recovered Same Took to HazMat Bldg
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
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
Reinforce things we already know (or should know). Training for EHS Personnel.
No one from General Safety on Campus = Refresher on Trenching Rules and Procedures.
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.
Reinforce things we already know (or should know). Training for EHS Personnel. Identify Training Needs of Campus Constituents
Worker trying to access roof hatch from 8-ft. ladder Lost balance causing ladder to “kick-out” from under him Fell to mezzanine floor
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
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.
Reinforce things we already know (or should know). Training for EHS Personnel. Identify Training Needs for Campus Constituents Change EHS Procedures/Capabilities
THF still explodes, activating sprinkler system. One injury (sprained wrist) Full (AFR++) Response GTENS alert to “Evacuate Campus” EHS personnel inundated with calls.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
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?
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
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
No Matter How Busy you are Take the time to review your response(s) It pays off And……
Buzz agrees w/ Mr. Santayana “Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.”