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May 14, 2009
TMS Diazomethane: Update On a Fatality
I've been contacted by several people over the last few weeks about the TMS diazomethane-linked fatality in Nova Scotia (first written about here). Many more details are emerging about the case, chief among them that the fume hoods in the lab were apparently down for maintenance during this time.
Here's a newspaper article that's just appeared. I'm quoted in it as saying that I would have refused to work under such conditions, and I stand by that. But that's not surprising: in every industrial lab I've ever worked in, when the fume hoods go down, people roll their eyes and walk out the door. I most especially cannot recommend working with something like TMS diazomethane in such a situation.
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