Lessons Learned from Fire and Explosion in PNNL's Physical Sciences Laboratory
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland WA), Richland, WA (PNNL)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Laboratory, Glovebox & Containment Systems, Hazardous Energy Control

On September 30, 2018, a fire and explosion occurred after hours in a laboratory in PNNL's Physical Sciences Laboratory building. No one was hurt. After the event, an Accident Investigation Team worked to determine the causes. While the team was unable to conclusively determine the direct cause, this Lessons Learned article outlines what was learned from the event and the Team's recommendations to avoid recurrence.

This article is intended as a supplement to a video that extensively details what occurred, the experimental setup, damage to the fume hood, potential causes, and some of the lessons learned. To view the 10-minute video, see the OPEX Share article "Lessons from Hydrogen Fire and Explosion in Unattended Experiment at PNNL" or search for the YouTube video of the same name.

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