Lessons from Hydrogen Fire and Explosion in Unattended Experiment at PNNL
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Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

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Topics:  Compressed Gas/Air, Laboratory

On September 30, 2018, a fire and minor explosion occurred in a laboratory in Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Physical Sciences Laboratory building. While damage to the experimental equipment was significant, the damage to the lab itself was minimal. Over the course of an investigation and causal analysis, much was learned.

PNNL management feels it's important to share these lessons with staff and others from around the DOE complex so everyone can benefit from this experience.

Over the next few minutes, you'll see a little about the research that was being conducted, what is believed to have gone wrong, and what was learned. As part of that learning, you'll hear about two of the Safe Conduct of Research (SCoR) principles that emphasize how having a questioning attitude and a healthy respect for what can go wrong could have prevented or lessened the impact of this event.

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