Accident Report Detail
Accident: 97208.015 - Employee Is Sprayed With Corrosive Chemicals And Suffers Che
|Inspection||Open Date||SIC||Establishment Name|
|1246002.015||07/11/2017||University Of Maryland, College Park|
At 1:45 p.m. on July 6, 2017, an employee was working with a coworker and perfor ming a laboratory cleanout operation. Both workers misidentified the contents o f a centrifuge tube containing Piranha Solution and the employee poured the cont ents of the container into a bottle of concentrated nitric acid. The chemicals reacted, causing an exothermic reaction that turned the bubbling contents brown in color as nitrogen dioxide built up in the reaction vessel. The employee part ially threaded the cap on the container hoping that it would vent. He was still holding the container when the top exploded, spraying nitric acid and reaction products into his face and eyes. The employee suffered chemical burns to those areas. The employee was hospitalized.
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