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Nottingham College cordoned off after 'chemical spill' in science lab
Nottingham College was cordoned off and evacuated for a brief period on Thursday afternoon, after an accident in one of the labs.

Two students were checked over by paramedics as a precaution, after acetylsalicylic acid - also known as aspirin - spilt during an experiment.

Scores of students were told to leave the campus, at the bottom of Maid Marian Way in Nottingham city centre.

Three fire engines, a police car and an environmental investigation unit rushed to the scene, the campus was cordoned off and Maid Marian Way was closed to traffic.

A spokesperson for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters from London Road were called to reports of a chemical spill at a premises on Maid Marian Way, Nottingham shortly after 2.30pm today (14 March).
United_Kingdom  laboratory  release  response  other_chemical 
4 days ago by dchas
Plastics News
London — With three weeks until the United Kingdom's deadline to separate from the European Union, significant concerns remain about its  ability to maintain a chemical trade.

Robin Teverson, a member of Parliament and chairman of the House of Lords' EU Energy and Environment subcommittee, says that  the government may not have prepared regulations, or properly resourced the regulatory agency for its work after Brexit.

"We are a mere three weeks away from potentially having to regulate chemicals for ourselves.  As far as we can tell we have with neither a functioning database nor a functioning regulator. The government is risking people’s safety, not to mention the viability of the UK’s chemicals sector, by not being adequately prepared," Teverson said.

The committee has been corresponding with the U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to find out whether a U.K. chemical database will be ready and tested on Brexit day.
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  environmental 
6 days ago by dchas
Science community rallies round to help St Andrews teams hit by fire
Research teams at the University of St Andrews that have had their work disrupted by a fire have been moved by offers of help from colleagues in the UK and around the world. Last month’s fire at the biomedical sciences building displaced research groups and put many labs out of action. However, researchers are hopeful that most of the equipment and lab supplies were left undamaged and can eventually be recovered.

The fire broke out on the afternoon of 10 February and was attended by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Efforts to extinguish it involved eight vehicles and over 30 firefighters. As a result of fire and water damage the university expects the biomedical sciences building to be out of action for at least a year.

Russell Morris, head of chemistry at St Andrews, tells Chemistry World that investigators now know the fire started during a routine glass cleaning procedure, though they are not sure what the exact source of ignition was and may ‘never be able to say’. In the fire’s immediate aftermath, members of the university’s staff re-entered the building to save precious biological samples from rapidly thawing freezers. Although damage from the blaze itself was limited to a few rooms, the huge amount of water required to put it out has left the building waterlogged and unusable. Those affected have now been taking stock and assessing the damage.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  injury  other_chemical 
12 days ago by dchas
Fire that started from ‘a routine post-experiment wash-up’ closes building for a year
The University of St. Andrews says its biomedical sciences building may be unusable for a year or longer, after a fire broke out in the building on Feb. 10.
The flames were confined to a small section of the building, but thousands of gallons of water used to extinguish the fire caused significant damage, according to an incident description released by the institution on Feb. 15. No staff or students were injured.
The fire started on the third floor of the building after “a routine post-experiment wash-up went wrong,” the university says in its statement. A university spokesperson declined to comment further on the exact cause of the incident.
At the time of the fire, manufacturers of laboratory freezers, which typically store biological material at -80 °C, warned the university that they had 20 hours from loss of power before materials would start to degrade due to rising temperatures. Teams of researchers, university staff, and firefighters “recovered the vast majority of BMS refrigerated storage capacity, and with it the careers and the research critical to so many strands of microbiological and biomedical understanding,” the university says.
Around 100 researchers —chemists, virologists, microbiologists, and others— work in the affected building. It remains unclear where the institution will house these researchers while the building is repaired. “Options are being explored urgently to allow researchers to get back to fully equipped benches, with everything they require to continue their work, as soon as possible,” the university says.
United_Kingdom  laboratory  follow-up  response  unknown_chemical 
27 days ago by dchas
Brean beach re-opens after fire crews and Coastguards investigate 'hazardous' chemical drum
An area of Brean beach was cordoned off by fire crews on Saturday afternoon (January 12th) after a potentially hazardous chemical drum was washed up on the tide line. 

Specialist fire appliances from across the region, along with a team of Coastguards from Burnham-On-Sea, were called to Brean beach after a beach walker raised the alarm.

A fire spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com at the scene: “A sealed plastic chemical drum that was believed to be about three quarters full of an unknown substance was washed up on the high tide.”

“This was treated as a potentially hazardous material and the drum was placed into a secure environmental ‘over-drum’ before being safely taken away for safe storage and disposal.”
United_Kingdom  public  discovery  response  unknown_chemical 
9 weeks ago by dchas
Hostage negotiation skills provide lessons for the boardroom
JANUARY 6, 2019 | Financial Times | Helen Warrell

A former police officer suggests using surprise to gain an advantage......she is instructing a class of young professional women on how to argue, persuade and arbitrate

She reels off the similarities. “We’re both in the situation where there’s a possibility of crisis,” Ms Williams tells us. “You need to be well-prepared, whether you’re talking to some terrorists on Iraq or going into a big meeting.” 

She adds that managing the stakeholders — such as the parents of abducted children — is sometimes harder than managing the kidnappers. “You’ve all got anxious bosses and CEOs to keep on side, which is difficult too.”...She advises preparing for salary negotiations by researching statistics, calculating averages, and making sure your pitch is evidence-based rather than impassioned......make clear this is a serious discussion, not a water-cooler conversation,”..... She advises using surprise to your advantage, effectively by springing meetings on bosses at a moment when they seem unoccupied and then asking “have I caught you in the middle of something?”. “It’s obvious when they’re not so it’s hard [for them] to pretend otherwise,”.....in response to someone deploying “hostile silence” in the face of requests for pay rises. “Don’t fill silence with nonsense, there’s a British trait of thinking every silence has to be filled,” instead, ask a direct question to force a response. “You could try, ‘what are you thinking about?’ or, ‘have I stunned you?’”.....Something that works well with alpha men is planting the seed that something you want is actually their idea: you can try saying, ‘did I hear you mention X’ or ‘have you thought about Y?’”

......tips for any important negotiation are first, identifying the people who are the “real decision makers”, then knowing what is negotiable, and preparing a second-best scenario to fall back on.
hostages  negotiations  salaries  Scotland_Yard  United_Kingdom  women  kidnappings  surprises 
10 weeks ago by jerryking
Oswestry chemical spill: Substance that closed waste plant came from Brazil
On December 6, Oswestry Waste Paper, which is run by Recycling UK, was shut down for 24 hours with five staff members kept at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital overnight.

It was happened after a chemical that was inside a bail of paper became airborne.

The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are still investigating, but it has been revealed the chemical originated in the recycling system in Brazil.

Neil Clarke, managing director of Recycling UK Ltd said: “The incident was caused by a package of chemicals which was accidentally sent to us in recycled material by one of our suppliers.

“The chemicals were tracked back to Brazil.

“The issue is in the hands of the HSE and the Environmental Agency now, so they will now be looking at how the package was able to get into the country and on to our premises.
United_Kingdom  industrial  follow-up  injury  waste 
10 weeks ago by dchas
GOV.UK | Check your State Pension
Find out how much United Kingdom State Pension you could get, when you could get it and how you could increase it.
finance  united_kingdom  state_pension 
10 weeks ago by gryphonent
Young mum created a chlorine gas incident
A young Westcountry mum created a major chemical incident when she tried to unblock her toilet and accidentally filled her house with deadly chlorine gas.

Three fire engines were called and Dominique Heath's house it had to be evacuated for 10 hours after she used two different chemicals hours apart and produced a cloud of toxic gas.

The mum-of-three is now warning others to think twice before they tackle a blocked toilet.

The loo at Dominique’s home in Nailsea near Bristol was blocked the day after Boxing Day - she thinks one of her young children put too much toilet paper or dropped a toy down there.
United_Kingdom  public  release  response  chlorine 
11 weeks ago by dchas
HSE feedback on HCR challenge
Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s national workplace health and safety regulator, has fed back to industry on its hydrocarbon release (HCR) challenge.

In April this year HSE’s director of energy division, Chris Flint, wrote a letter to all offshore oil and gas production operators in the North Sea urging them to do more to tackle HCRs. The letter was in reaction to continued major HCRs in the North Sea. It identified failings that led to releases and asked that senior leaders critically review their operations in order to identify where improvements could be made. Industry was given until 20 July to explain what measures it is taking to improve performance.

Recently, HSE met with representatives from Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) and health and safety managers from several of the UK’s offshore producers. Together they discussed industry’s plans for improving safety leadership, audit, and assurance.  
United_Kingdom  industrial  discovery  environmental  petroleum 
december 2018 by dchas
Black Scientists: Past, Present, and Future
Four panelists at The Royal Institution (Lisa Kennedy, Dr. Segun Fatumo, Riham Satti, [Alex Lathbridge, moderator]) discussing the implications of absence of African-descended peoples in museum studies, medical and scientific studies, and tech with human perception and job hiring. (1:28:06 min.)
science  social_justice  united_kingdom  movies 
december 2018 by MsHsi

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