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Accident: 170189948 - Employee Suffers Chemical Splash To Face

Accident: 170189948 -- Report ID: 0950642 -- Event Date: 12/30/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11215494301/29/19922879Amvac Chemicals Corp
Employee #1 was performing a test procedure to determine the chlorine number for pentachloronitrobenzene (pcnb). Part of the procedure is to heat the mixture to 50 degrees C. Using a pipet, Employee #1 added 50 ml of distilled water. This procedure was performed in a lab hood with the door half open. When she added the water, an exothermic reaction occurred; the mixture started to boil. When she saw the mixture boiling violently, Employee #1 stepped back. The mixture exploded, and part of the chemical splashed and hit the inside lab door. The rest splashed on the floor and a few drops hit Employee #1 on the face. Employee #1 was hospitalized with chemical burns. Management stated it was an "anomaly" mixture.
Keywords: explosion, chemical reaction, chemical burn, struck by, face, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112154943 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemical technicians

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