Test Lab Incident

Written on behalf of Craig R. Ferguson, Associate Director - ESH&Q

On Friday afternoon, March 2, an Institute for SRF engineer was securing a Test Lab Production Chem Room ventilation scrubber system. The engineer noticed a drop of liquid hit his head presumably from a very small piping leak, and he was concerned that the liquid may contain hydrofluoric acid (HF) or other acids. SRF, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine, and Lab management staff immediately responded using prescribed Lab emergency procedures. First aid measures were immediately taken and the worker was transported to a local hospital emergency room for an additional assessment. This assessment confirmed there was no worker injury. Follow-up sampling noted that the liquid was diluted acid rinsewater and not a personnel hazard. A complete event report will be posted later this week on the ESH&Q website at http://www.jlab.org/div_dept/dir_off/oa/notable/index.html

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