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Accident: 200372035 - Twenty-Eight Employees Exposed To Vapors Released From Lab

Accident: 200372035 -- Report ID: 0454510 -- Event Date: 02/04/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30356156702/06/20023714Mckechnie Vehicle Components
At approximately 1:50 p.m. on February 4, 2002, two employees were mixing 34-percent hydrochloric acid (HCL) and 35-percent Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) (500 ml and 125 ml) in two 2000-ml beakers. One employee did not follow the correct method and instead of 10 ml of H2O2 he added 125 ml of H2O2 into 2000-ml beakers which already contained approximately 500 ml of HCL. A vapor cloud began to form. There was no chemical fume hood or other means of capturing vapors given off by the reaction. The lab door was open, and the air conditioner in the lab pushed the vapor cloud out into the plant. One employee started to respond to the emergency when the plant was evacuated. The other employee went back into the lab 3 to 4 times to stop the reaction by pouring the contents down the sink. Twenty-eight employees were taken to Newberry Hospital. They were not hospitalized.
Keywords: hydrochloric acid, vapor, ppe, air conditioner, hydrogen peroxide, inhalation, chemical reaction, door, chemical
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
3 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
7 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
8 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
9 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
10 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
11 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
12 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
13 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
14 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
15 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
16 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
17 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
18 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
19 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed
20 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
21 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
22 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
23 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
24 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
25 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
26 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
27 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
28 303561567 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation Not Listed

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