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Inspection: 945725 - Veterans Administration Hospital

Inspection Information - Office: Concord

 

Inspection Nr: 945725
Report ID: 0111700
Open Date: 01/23/1985

Site Address:
Veterans Administration Hospital
Smyth Road
Manchester, NH 03106

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: Union

SIC:8062

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Complaint

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership:  

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 01/23/1985

Emphasis:

Close Case:02/11/1985


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Complaint 71015622 Yes

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14528756
Event: 01/23/1985
Inhalation Of Noxious And Irritating Chemicals

THE BASEMENT AREA LAUNDRY ROOM AT THE VA HOSPITAL WAS SCHEDULED FOR CLOSING WITH ALL THE UNOPENED CONCENTRATED BLEACHES AND DETERGENTS TO BERETURNED TO THE MANUFACTURER. THERE REMAINED ONE OPEN 15 GAL CONTAINER OF SOUR "7" (PHOSPHORIC ACID) AND ONE OPEN 15 GAL CONTAINER OF DETERGENT101 (SODIUM HYPOCHLORITE AND CAUSTIC). EMPLOYEE # 1 EMPTIED ONE OF THE TWO CONTAINERS INTO A DRAIN IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY THE OTHER. ACCORDING TO THE FIRE DEPT AND POISON CONTROL CENTER THE RESULTING CHEMICAL REACTION GENERATED CHLORINE GAS, CAUSING THE BASEMENT AND 1ST FLOOR OF THE HOSPITAL TO BE EVACUATED. APPROX. 20 PEOPLE WERE AFFECTED BY THE GAS AND D WERE EXAMINED BY A DOCTOR. SEVEN WERE FURTHER EVALUATED WITH A BLOOD-GAS DETERMINATION AND THREE WERE ADMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL.

Keywords:caustic, sodium hypochlorite, bleach, phosphoric acid, chlorine, detergent, air contamination, chemical reaction

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 945725 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 945725 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 945725 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
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