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Accident: 100030162 - Two Employees Exposed To Phosgene Gas

Accident: 100030162 -- Report ID: 0521700 -- Event Date: 01/17/1997
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
12215086501/22/19974932Matheson Gas Products
On January 17, 1997, Employees #1 and #2 were in the cylinder cleanup area, replacing an inoperative valve on a compressed gas cylinder so that it could be decommissioned. During the procedure, the contents of the cylinder were inadvertently released. At the time of exposure the gas was believed to be nitrous oxide. After sampling and analysis of the cylinder, it was determined to be phosgene. Both employees were taken to the hospital, where they remained for observation. Two coworkers in areas adjacent to the release were also taken to the hospital for observation.
Keywords: phosgene, repair, cylinder, work rules, compressed gas, inhalation, valve, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, accidental discharge
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 122150865 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 122150865 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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