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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309906402 - Phenomenex Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office


Inspection Nr: 309906402
Report ID: 0950635
Date Opened: 07/23/2007

Site Address:
Phenomenex Inc
411 Madrid Ave
Torrance, CA 90501

Mailing Address:
2320 W 205th St, Torrance, CA 90501

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 334519/Other Measuring and Controlling Device Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 10/11/2007

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 12/11/2015

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362440240
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $5,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,060
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5164 A 10/16/2007 04/25/2008 $5,060 $18,000 $0 11/21/2007 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201039229
Event: 06/20/2007
Employees Injured When Glass Bottle Explodes

At about 10:30 a.m. on June 20, 2007, an explosion occurred at Phenomenex, Inc., 2320 W. 20th St, Torrance, CA 90501. Employee #1, the manufacturing manager, Employee #2, the project coordinator, and Employee #3, a lab technician, all regular employees, responded to a call by another lab technician that there was a bad smell coming from a sealed one gallon glass bottle on the floor under a counter in the HLPC unit 55 in the QA/QC area. As the three arrived, the bottle exploded. None of the employees were wearing appropriate eye or face protection. Employee #1 received a laceration of the cheek, Employee #2 a facial abrasion and Employee #3 a panic attack with decreased blood pressure. The employer is a high tech manufacturer and distributor of separation sciences chromatography instruments. Laboratory tools must be cleaned periodically. The lab has used nitric acid and acetonitrile for this purpose for the last ten years. This time the person cleaning the tools stored the waste cleaning solution in a one gallon glass bottle with a cap. The mix generated gases which expanded and caused the bottle to explode. Employees #1 and #2 were assisted to eyewash fountains. Then Employees #1, #2 and #3 were taken to the Little Company of Mary Hospital Emergency Room in Torrance, CA where Employees #1 and #2 were treated for minor cuts and released without admission. Employee #2 was observed for several hours and released without admission. All three then returned to work.

Keywords:explosion, abrasion, chemical

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 309906402 Non Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians
2 309906402 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Managers and administrators, n.e.c
3 309906402 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Managers and administrators, n.e.c
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