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June 5, 2019
8:00-9:00AM

Catastrophic Consequences of Not Knowing What You Dont Know

Manny Ehrlich, Board member, US Chemical Safety Board

Floral B

The CSB investigated an incident involving the inadvertent mixture of sulfuric acid from a cargo tank into a sodium hypochlorite tank at a facility in Atchison, Kansas on October 21, 2106. The mixture of the two materials resulted in a chemical reaction that produced a dense, green-yellow cloud containing chlorine gas. Thousands of community members were ordered to shelter-in-place – some areas were evacuated. Over 140 individuals, including members of the public and company employees, sought medical attention; some required hospitalization. This presentation will examine the many lessons learned from this investigation with an expectation that they will be employed in preventing similar incidents during chemical unloading.

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2019-06-05 08:00:00 2019-06-05 09:00:00 America/Detroit Catastrophic Consequences of Not Knowing What You Dont Know The CSB investigated an incident involving the inadvertent mixture of sulfuric acid from a cargo tank into a sodium hypochlorite tank at a facility in Atchison, Kansas on October 21, 2106. The mixture of the two materials resulted in a chemical reaction that produced a dense, green-yellow cloud containing chlorine gas. Thousands of community members were ordered to shelter-in-place – some areas were evacuated. Over 140 individuals, including members of the public and company employees, sought medical attention; some required hospitalization. This presentation will examine the many lessons learned from this investigation with an expectation that they will be employed in preventing similar incidents during chemical unloading. Floral B