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Inspection: 126203041 - Uc Los Angeles Dept Of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126203041Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 09/22/2009

Uc Los Angeles Dept Of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Lab #5096 Young Hall Charles E Young Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8221/Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
NAICS: 611310/ Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Mailing: 501 Westwood Plaza 4th Fl. Box 951605, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/02/2010
Close Case:08/15/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102577251    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $24,300 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $29,300
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $15,000 $0 $15,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 03/09/2010 04/01/2010 $5,000 $5,000 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3203 A06 03/09/2010 03/23/2010 $3,000 $6,300 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Other 3383 B 03/09/2010 03/23/2010 $7,000 $18,000 $0 03/30/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202541223Event: 11/13/2007Employee Is Burned In Laoratory Fire
At approximately 1:30 p.m. on November 17, 2007, Employee #1, a paid graduate student researcher, was working in a university biochemistry laboratory. Employee #1 was performing "flame sterilization" in preparation for plating bacteria. For this procedure, Employee #1 poured ethanol from a glass bottle into a Petri dish and was placing a glass rod in the Petri dish and placing the rod into the flame of a Bunsen burner. Employee #1 accidentally knocked over the bottle of ethanol and the ethanol from the bottle splashed onto his shirt, hands, and onto the floor. There was approximately 50 ml to 100 ml of ethanol in the bottle. The flame from the Bunsen burner ignited the ethanol. Employee #1's hands and shirt were on fire and he patted out the flame with his hands. At the time of the procedure, the screw cap lid was on the glass bottle and Employee #1 is not sure how the contents spilled out. Employee #1 was wearing a polyester shirt over a long sleeve cotton shirt with no additional protection. The polyester shirt melted onto the cotton shirt and the cotton shirt did not burn. Employee #1 walked to the university emergency room with the assistance of a friend. Employee #1 was treated then released with instructions to go to the Burn Center the next morning. Employee #1 went to the Burn Center the next day and was admitted and hospitalized for approximately 7 days with first-degree and second-degree burns on his hands and chest.
Keywords: burn, chest, fire, ethanol, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126203041 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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