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CSB Issues Back to School Safety Message on Safe Practices During Classroom Science Demonstrations

Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a Safety Message reminding teachers, staff, and school administrators about the hazards of using flammable materials, such as methanol, during classroom science demonstrations.

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Statement from Board Member Kristen M. Kulinowski, PhD, on the accident at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County, VA

On behalf of everyone at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, I would like to express our sympathies to the students and teacher who were injured at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, last Friday, October 30, 2015. The CSB is not investigating this accident, but is gathering facts about the incident. The agency plans to increase its advocacy around this issue to promote our key lessons going forward.

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CSB Releases “Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations” in Wake of Several Serious Methanol Accidents that Injured Children and Adults

Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a safety bulletin called “Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations” based on three recent serious incidents in Nevada, Colorado, and Illinois where children were burned while observing laboratory demonstrations involving flammable liquid methanol.

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