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Accident: 14451306 - Five Hospitalized After Possible Bis-Chloromethyl Ether Leak

Accident: 14451306 -- Report ID: 0953220 -- Event Date: 04/16/1984
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1493051504/18/19842812Stauffer Chemical Company
Employees #1 through #5 were authorized workers involved in the clean-up and decontamination of a possible bis-chloromethyl ether (bcme) release. The failure of a pipe flange from a containment vessel to a reservoir resulted in the discharge of several hundred gallons of pesticide intermediate contaminated with bcme. The amount of bcme contamination varied between batches, but analytical results of 1000 ppm bcm1,000 ppm bcme triggered implementation of 1910 1008 requirements. Employees #1 through #5 were hospitalized and underwent a full battery of specified medical tests. All had been trained in emergency methods for bcme decontamination and cleanup. According to DOSH, this was the first event of this type at the facility. The regulated area and entry requirements were established as per 1910 1008
Keywords: equipment failure, accidental discharge, pesticide, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 14930515 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 14930515 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 14930515 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 14930515 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 14930515 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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