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Accident: 14528756 - Inhalation Of Noxious And Irritating Chemicals

Accident: 14528756 -- Report ID: 0111700 -- Event Date: 01/23/1985
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
94572501/23/19858062Veterans Administration Hospital
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
Employee # 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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