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Inspection: 120313432 - Columbia Analytical Services

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys


Inspection Nr: 120313432
Report ID: 0950643
Open Date: 03/05/2002

Site Address:
Columbia Analytical Services
8030 Remmet Ave. #2
Canoga Park, CA 91304

Mailing Address:
6925 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/09/2002


Close Case:11/10/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362518946
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $21,375 $0 $0 $185 $0 $21,560
Current Penalty $6,750 $0 $0 $185 $0 $6,935
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 25000008 A 07/09/2002 08/09/2002 $185 $185 $0 -  
2. 02001 Serious 5162 C 07/09/2002 07/12/2002 $3,375 $3,375 $0 -  
3. 03001 Serious 3303 07/09/2002 07/19/2002 $3,375 $18,000 $0 02/05/2003 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201113867
Event: 01/29/2002
Lab Employee Burned By Acid

On January 29, 2002, Employee #1 was working under a lab hood adding concentrated sulfuric acid to a glass pipette bottle containing water to make a 1 to 1 solution. When lifting the bottle, she noticed it was hot. The bottle bottom separated and the acid solution flowed across the work surface, through the airfoil sill of the hood, and onto her thigh. Employee #1 received second-degree burns on her left thigh covering 3 percent of her body. The laboratory hood had the following identification: Labconco Guardian VAV Hood Number 3. The original pipette bottle was not saved, but was believed to be a VWR Scientific Products one-liter narrow-mouth amber glass bottle with part number 74580-038. Employee #1 was wearing a lab coat provided from Medico Professional Linen Services made of 65-percent polyester and 35-percent cotton. Causal factors observed included the lab hood not designed to contain a spill, the lab coat worn by Employee #1 not impervious to the acid solution, and the bottle apparently not made of a heat-resistant glass. One of the citations issued was for failure to provide an adequate shield or enclosure that protects the employee when there is danger of injury from flying particles or substances.

Keywords:protective clothing, lab worker, chemical burn, chemical

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120313432 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians
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