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Chemistry of Hazardous Materials


For this assignment, write about a hazardous materials incident or an environmental health and safety (EHS) project that involves a material(s) with a hazard(s) that falls under the hazard classification that we have studied so far (water/air reactive, corrosive, or toxic). The incident or project could be one that you have researched or been involved with. Your essay must include the following:
• summary of the project or incident,
• identification of the hazardous material(s) involved and hazardous classification,
• discussion of chemical properties and interactions relevant to the incident/project,
• any short or long-term mitigation implemented, and
• conclusion (your professional opinion on the project/incident).

Your response must be at least 400 words in length. You are required to use at least two references, including your textbook for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced. Paraphrased and/or quoted materials must have accompanying citations in APA format

Class Text

Meyer, E. (2014). Chemistry of hazardous materials (6th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson


Hazmat cleans up acid spill in Holly Hill pool supply warehouse
Spill was discovered at the corner of State and Flomich
By Tony Holt
Published: Monday, April 25, 2016 at 12:26 p.m.
HOLLY HILL — A hazmat team cleaned up a muriatic acid spill Monday afternoon that was discovered inside a pool supply warehouse at the corner of State Avenue and Flomich Street.
Employees tried to clean the spill, which apparently happened over the weekend, when they came into work and saw it. They called the fire department after they realized they couldn’t do the job themselves, said Holly Hill Fire Chief Jim Bland.
The chemical’s fumes are toxic and in liquid form it can weaken metals and eat through fabric.
The employees at Horner Xpress used sodium bicarbonate, a powdery chemical they had on site. The hazmat team called into the warehouse was going to use the same substance to neutralize what was left of the spill, rescue officials said.
“That initial mitigation helped us tremendously,” said Bland, who was astonished at how long the employees worked on the spill.
“I’m glad they did it. … I sure wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “They spent about two hours in there before they called (us).”
None of the employees showed any symptoms and no medical assistance was needed. One Horner Xpress employee who was still on site Monday afternoon declined to speak to a reporter.
Twenty fire and rescue personnel from the city and county, including a hazardous materials team, responded to the scene. Volusia County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Nick Castelli said between 50 to 100 gallons likely spilled.
He described muriatic acid, also known as hydrochloric acid, as “very corrosive in nature and very acidic.” Hazmat responders can only spend so much time near the substance before it starts to eat into their suits, so teams have to be rotated in and out, Castelli said.
Two pallets had fallen over and each pallet held more than 200 one-gallon containers of the chemical, which often is used to clean metal, according to the fire department.
No evacuations were needed, but nearby businesses were notified of the spill, Bland said.

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