Dangerous Goods News - June 2019

Dangerous Goods News - June 2019
Welcome to Store-Safe's Dangerous Goods June 2019 newsletter. 

We've compiled the most relevant dangerous goods news articles from Australia and overseas from the AIDGC newsletter. In the June issue, read about the new Australian Industrial Chemicals Bill becoming law, Queensland appointing a Work Health Safety Prosecutor, Victorian taxpayers footing a $30M clean-up bill for the illegal stockpiles near Geelong and more.

I hope you find it interesting and if you need any assistance with any of your safe storage needs, please call us on 1800 888 714

Law: Australia's Industrial Chemicals Bill

Australia’s Industrial Chemicals Bill 2017 has received royal assent and become law. The Industrial Chemicals Act creates a new framework for the regulation of imported or manufactured industrial chemicals. The new scheme – Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme (AICIS) – will replace the current Nicnas on 1 July 2020. The bill was divided into six parts. 
The first three passed both houses on 18 February and received royal assent on 12 March. The remaining three parts, which relate to fees and charges under the new scheme, passed both houses with minor changes on 2 April and received royal assent on 3 April. 

The new scheme will come into force next year but, as planned, there will be some early changes. These include: reducing regulatory burden by removing annual reporting requirements for lower risk chemicals; and reforming the definition and regulatory treatment of polymers. 

A date is not yet set for them but Nicnas says it will provide relevant information on its website to assist companies with the transition. Source: ChemicalWatch 

Queensland appoints first Work Health Safety Prosecutor

The Government has announced the appointment of Aaron Guilfoyle as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor. Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said Mr Guilfoyle would lead a new independent statutory office focused on workplace health and safety and electrical safety prosecutions. 

“Mr Guilfoyle as the former Assistant Director for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) has extensive experience in high profile and complex regulatory prosecutions,” Ms Grace said. “He is eminently qualified to become Queensland’s first Work Health and Safety Prosecutor and to provide expert workplace health and safety legal advice to government.” 

Ms Grace said the new statutory office and the appointment of a Work Health and Safety Prosecutor delivered on a key recommendation of a best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. “The best practice review followed the Dreamworld tragedy and two workplace deaths in 2016 at Eagle Farm racecourse, which shocked and saddened us all,” Ms Grace said. “We’ve put in place a stronger framework to deliver an independent and robust workplace prosecution system that Queenslanders can have confidence in. Mr Guilfoyle has been appointed to a five-year term.

For more information on the Best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, visit

Initially, Victorian Taxpayers will pay $30m for Waste Site clean-up

Taxpayers will tip in an initial $30 million to clean up a dangerous waste stockpile in Victoria, which could cost up to $100 million to clear.
The Environment Protection Authority has used its power to take over management of the stockpile at Lara, near Geelong, after previous operator C&D Recycling let the waste grow to unsafe levels, creating a fire risk.

The site contains an estimated 320,000 cubic metres of waste material including construction and demolition waste, timber, concrete, bricks, plaster, glass and ceramics, along with unconfirmed reports of 4000 used tyres and several drums of oil.

Both the site's operator and owner have entered liquidation. Funding available to keep the site safe ended on Tuesday, prompting the EPA to step in. The watchdog will pursue the previous site occupiers, owners, company directors and other parties to recover the costs of fire prevention measures and the clean-up.
Source: 9 News

ACAPMag endorses Safety Blitz in Victoria

In response to a series of incidents in the greater Melbourne area safety regulators are visiting businesses storing and retailing hazardous chemicals in a proactive risk assessment and response capacity. This blitz extends to service station operators and is highlighting again the need for all business operators to take some time to do a hazard and compliance walk on their sites. “Hazard Walks and Compliance checks onsite are vital to ensure that the systems the business has put in place to address hazards are; in place, being used and working.  The best system in the world will not work if it is not regularly checked and reviewed” explains Elisha Radwanowski from ACAPMA. 

Source: ACAPMA 

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Company linked to Victoria Chemical Stockpiles

Four illegal toxic waste storage sites discovered in Melbourne were run by the same company, an inquiry has been told. A dozen illegal waste sites have been found in the city's northern suburbs during joint inspections involving the police, environment watchdog and firefighters, said WorkSafe business operations boss Marnie Williams. "Four of these premises were occupied by Bradbury Industrial Services," she told the recycling and waste management parliamentary inquiry.

The illegal dumps were found across Craigieburn, Campbellfield and Epping.

She said the sites did not have a manifest of the dangerous goods stored, no emergency plans and there was inadequate fire protection and no spill protection.
The parliamentary inquiry was prompted after a string of toxic fires in Melbourne, including one at a Campbellfield factory in March that left a worker in hospital.
That site was subject to 37 Worksafe inspections prior to the blaze, and 21 notifications were issued at the site, Ms Williams said.

Source: Canberra Times

Melbourne Firefighters fight to stop Flames spreading to nearby Chemical Storage Facility

A factory blaze has sent smoke billowing over Melbourne's north, as firefighters stop the flames from spreading to a chemical storage facility next door.
Six employees of a mechanic's workshop in Campbellfield were safely evacuated after the Metropolitan Fire Brigade were called to the Malcolm Place factory.

The neighbouring property stores tens of thousands of litres of toxic waste in an alleged illicit dumping operation spanning 12 factories in north Melbourne.
A WorkSafe spokeswoman on Thursday said measures were in place to manage the fire risk at the sites. "A fire at a workplace in Campbellfield this morning was close to a waste chemical storage site that is under government agency control," she said.

"The WorkSafe-led taskforce overseeing the removal of waste chemicals from warehouses in the northern suburbs meets regularly to ensure emergency plans are up to date. Twenty-four hour security and air monitoring is in place at all taskforce controlled sites."

Source: Herald Sun

WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service extends hours

WorkSafe’s advisory service is extending its hours of operation by two and a half hours a day. WorkSafe's advisory service staff answered more than 230,000 calls over the past 12 months and responded to more than 46,000 emails seeking information and advice. Calls included 15,700 reports of incidents, 52,000 occupational health and safety inquiries, almost 77,000 inquiries relating to compensation and fraud and almost 67,000 licensing and information requests.

WorkSafe advisory can assist with reporting an incident, safety alerts, advice on how to create a safe workplace, laws and regulations, licenses, WorkCover insurance, lodging a claim, returning to work, WorkSafe providers and general information about WorkSafe. You can contact WorkSafe's advisory service on 1800 136 089 or through the website at

NICNAS May 2019

Inside EPA's proposed TSCA chemical data reporting rule update

 The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a series of changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act's chemical data reporting rule that reduce its regulatory responsibilities, including changing how small businesses are defined and exempting some byproducts. The agency says it also wants to enact non-regulatory changes, such as making the CDR database easier to use.

Amendments to 7th Revised Edition of UN GHS Purple Book: The UNECE committee of experts on the transport of dangerous goods (TDG) and GHS published approved amendments to the seventh revised edition of the UN GHS purple book last month. These changes are going to be included in the 8th edition of UN GHS purple book (GHS rev. 8) to be published soon. This article summarises the main changes. Summary of changes in GHS Revision 8: 

Source: Chemical Watch 

University of Canberra is evacuated after suspected Gas Leak 

More than 500 students were evacuated from the University of Canberra library. Staff suspected the smell filling the library was a gas leak in the building. However the suspected gas leak turned out to be a part of a durian fruit.

Source: Riot-Act

700 Students evacuated from NSW School 

More than 700 Casino High School students and staff were evacuated from their classrooms after reports of a gas leak. Posting on social media, Fire and Rescue NSW Station 253 Casino crews attended the school this afternoon after they'd received a call about a supposed gas leak. "Staff and students reported the smell of gas throughout the school so the school evacuation plan was executed," the post said. 

"The bulk gas tank was isolated by staff and approximately 700 students, staff and other workers evacuated to a safe space near the front of the school. "Upon arrival at the school we put a crew in BA and had them use our gas detector to assess the atmosphere in and around the school. "The BA crew checked throughout the school with particular attention to the science labs and kitchens where there are gas outlets. "No unsafe atmosphere was discovered. The site was handed back and all evacuated personnel were allowed to return to their normal activities. "The gas supply company has been notified and the gas will remain isolated until the all clear is given by them."

Source: The Northern Star

Cellar Safety - Exposure to Gases - Safety Alert – SafeWork NSW

Carbon dioxide and nitrogen gas are commonly used for dispensing beverages in the hotel industry. Gas cylinders are normally stored in enclosed cellars or cool-rooms where leaks can result in a build-up of dangerous gas. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen are odourless and colourless, so workers cannot detect their presence. When workers enter these areas, they can be overcome before they realise the danger.
Source: Safework 

Chemical Burns and Toxic Sludge: Workers expose Shocking Conditions inside the Melbourne Factory that blew up

It's now known the factory was home to a vast illegal chemical waste dump — one internal EPA documents allege was linked to a criminal network responsible for more than a dozen similar illicit waste dumps around Melbourne.

But multiple employees at the Campbellfield company describe a warehouse in the lead-up to the fire where chemical drums were not correctly stored and where workers wearing inadequate safety equipment were frequently covered in chemicals that caused physical and respiratory problems.

Employees said that the company — Bradbury Industrial Services — were able to get away with it, as managers were forewarned days ahead of EPA inspections and would order workers to hide chemicals to deceive inspectors. "They would tell us that EPA is coming a day or two prior to EPA coming. They took away all the things from there to another store. They transferred using a truck," said another worker, who did not want to be named.

Employees also told the ABC they would only be given appropriate safety clothing during inspections by the EPA, but would otherwise have to supply their own basic cotton or polyester uniforms.

NSW: Safety Alert – Underground Truck Fire  

The NSW Resources Regulator has issued a safety alert for the mining industry following a fire which occurred on an agitator truck in an underground metal mine in Cobar on 13 April 2019. The fire spread quickly with non-metallic engine covers and guards adding to the fuel load and the intensity of the fire. 19 workers underground at the time had to retreat to refuge chambers while the fire was brought under control. The alert found that the truck’s fuel tank was punctured, allowing diesel fuel to escape. The truck was being driven down the decline. At a local up-grade, the operator noticed additional drag on the engine and towards the top of the local climb the operator discovered a fire. The operator managed to escape from the truck without injury. A number of issues have emerged from the event that concern the NSW Resources Regulator, according to the alert: 

The fire suppression system nozzles were only targeting hot surface ignition in the engine bay.
The truck contained substantial non-metallic fuel loads adjacent to the engine bay, in sound suppression materials, and in the operator cabin, and the suppression system was not capable of extinguishing the fire.

Non-metallic, non-fire-resistant materials were used for covers, guards, and components.
Several components exploded as the fire took hold. Workers reported to have heard three explosions, which may relate to the three hydraulic accumulators on the truck.
Toxic products of combustion were distributed throughout the mine by the ventilation system.

The hand-held extinguishers mounted on the machine were not readily accessible to the operator from the cabin or as they dismounted the vehicle? Wheel chocks for the machine were not readily accessible to the operator after it caught.

Services installed in the decline were damaged by the fire. It is believed that a melted water line doused the fire. 
Source: Safety Institute of Australia 

WA Primary Students burnt 

Three primary school students have been taken to hospital with burns after they threw spray paint cans in a fire. The boys, who are all eight, were at North Parmelia Primary School oval after hours, according to The West Australian. One of the cans exploded and the group of boys, who aren't related, ran home. When their parents saw their injuries they called an ambulance which took them to Fiona Stanley Hospital.  

Source: The Western Australian

Queensland Waste Recycler to stand trial over Worker Death

A south-east Queensland waste recycler and its company director have been committed to stand trial over the death of a worker. Yatala based Oil Tech International Pty Ltd and company director Michael Reid are facing reckless conduct charges under section 31 of Queensland’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011. 

If found guilty the director faces a maximum five years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to $600,000, while the company could be liable for fines of up to $3 million. In November 2015 Oil Tech employee Matthew O’Brien was burnt to death during an explosion at the waste recycling plant. At the time of the incident, the contents of a tanker containing a mixture of water and fuel were being unloaded. Mr. O’Brien was working nearby using a heat gun when fuel vapour ignited to cause an explosion. A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland investigation focused on the lack of a safe system of work to prevent ignition sources contacting flammables. 

Oil Tech was charged with breaching its duty pursuant to section 19(1) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Michael Reid as director of Oil Tech was charged with not exercising due diligence in ensuring Oil Tech complied with its duty. It’s alleged by the prosecution that the defendants were indifferent towards or in disregard of the probable consequences of their conduct, namely the risk to Mr O’Brien of death or serious injury. No date has been set for the trial which will be held in the Beenleigh District Court. 
Read about penalties under Queensland’s work health and safety laws at 

Four unconscious on W.A. Boat

Five people enjoying a boat trip in WA have had a lucky escape after they were hospitalised when their vessel began to fill with carbon monoxide. Andrew Dunn was driving his motor boat from the Royal Perth Yacht Club to Fremantle with his wife Nancy and three friends when he noticed something wasn’t right during their 90-minute journey.

While sailing the vessel, the other four were unresponsive to Mr. Dunn’s calls as they approached their mooring at Fishing Boat Harbour. When Mr. Dunn went to check on them, he was unable to wake them. Unaware to Mr. Dunn at the time, the four in the upper cabin of his eight metres long boat were suffering from potentially fatal carbon monoxide poisoning.

They sought immediate medical treatment at the Fiona Stanley Hospital, their brush with death was confirmed when doctors revealed they had suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning. They were rushed to the hyperbaric chamber at the hospital where they were given pure oxygen in a pressurised room to flush out the carbon monoxide over several days.

While on the road to recovery, they now face an anxious six-month wait to see if they have any permanent nerve or brain damage. Mr. Dunn was later informed his motor boat had fallen victim to the “station wagon” effect, where carbon monoxide travels from the rear of either a vehicle or vessel and filling the vacant space.

While Mr. Dunn said he was aware carbon monoxide poisoning was an issue with the enclosed lower decks of boats, he was shocked to discover the more open upper deck was also at risk.
Source: Yahoo News

Toll Facility back to Business after spill

"The safety of our people, the community, and the safe handling of the goods we transport, is of paramount importance to Toll," a company spokesperson says. "Our Laverton North Global Logistics site is classed as a ‘major hazard facility’, licenced to safely handle hazardous goods.

"On Wednesday afternoon, staff at the site found that there had been a small leak in one of the containers they received. "Toll’s standard emergency response procedures were immediately activated and we notified the relevant authorities who attended the scene.

"As per standard procedure, the area was isolated and staff were evacuated from the site. "While there were no injuries, two staff members were taken to hospital for observation as a standard precaution and they were discharged later that evening. "Normal operations at the site have resumed."

Due to the nature of the chemical, MFB firefighters were monitored at the site by paramedics. Five firefighters were assessed at the scene and transported to hospital for observation. 
Source: ATN

Minimising Hazards associated with handling Common Industrial Gases

There are five main risks associated with common industrial gases used in manufacturing facilities – pressure, anoxia, cryogenic burns, fire and toxicity. If gases are not handled correctly employees can suffer from severe frostbite, compromised respiratory and circulatory systems, and oxygen efficiency.

While these hazards can lead to severe harm or death, they can be avoided with correct handling procedures.
Air Liquide Australia’s national expert in packaged gas technical operations, Lee De Angelis, said there are steps that all companies should take to ensure gases are handled safely. “Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at all times, follow standard operating procedures, apply cylinder handling and storage guidelines, and think before acting,” he said.
De Angelis also suggested that people read safety data sheets for the gases they work with and that they receive training on the risks of each gas, including on what to do when gas is accidentally released.

“On top of these steps, we recommend customers to keep training their workforce on DOs and DON’Ts for the safe handling, transportation and storage of cylinders. In particular, few typical recommendations are to always strap loose cylinders, not to transport cylinders with a regulator or equipment attached, respect distances for fuel and oxygen storage, not to smoke or be under the influence of drugs (including alcohol) when handling cylinders, and not to enter confined spaces without oxygen monitoring systems,” said De Angelis.

If gas is unintentionally released or not handled correctly this can result in risks including:
Anoxia – Argon and nitrogen can displace oxygen and lead to anoxia, particularly in confined spaces. Carbon dioxide also displaces oxygen but its toxicity would typically be the first hazard to consider.
Cryogenic burns (frostbite) – When used in large quantities or for certain applications, argon, oxygen, nitrogen or carbon dioxide are stored in liquid form at very low temperatures, which can lead to severe frostbite if not handled properly.
Fire and explosion – Oxygen and acetylene used for metal cutting are the typical fire risk in manufacturing facilities. Pure oxygen alone is also dangerous as it can trigger fires or explosions with small organic particles and sparks.
Toxicity – Carbon dioxide is toxic at concentrations as low as five per cent in air, enhancing toxicity of other gases such as carbon monoxide. At higher concentrations it affects the respiratory and circulatory systems. Although not typically used in standard manufacturing facilities, gases such as sulphur dioxide are extremely toxic and must be handled with specific gas detectors at all times.
Pressure – Gases stored in cylinders are under high pressure. If not handled or maintained properly, pressure can be released by accident transforming cylinders into rockets. Hoses connected to pressurised cylinders are also potential hazards if they are not properly restrained.

De Angelis said gas is a state of matter that is particularly risky for living organisms. “Unlike liquids or solids, gases diffuse rapidly in the environment and can be undetected by human senses, which make them potentially very dangerous.”
Source: Man Monthly 

NSW - Community Feedback for New Regulation on Underground Fuel Tanks

The EPA is updating the regulatory requirements for UPSS operators to reflect industry best practice, and is now seeking public input.
The draft Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019 and Regulatory Impact Statement are now out for public consultation.
The EPA is seeking feedback on the draft UPSS Regulation 2019 and Regulatory Impact Statement which is on public exhibition on the EPA’s consultation portal
Comments can be made until 14 June 2019.

Minor changes are proposed to the UPSS Regulation. These are to:
  • align the best practice pollution prevention equipment for UPSS required in the Regulation with Australian Standard 4897 – 2008
  • require 30-days’ notice to be given to local councils where a UPSS operator intends to decommission a system 
  • require UPSS operators to provide a short annual report to their regulator (council or the EPA) to briefly outline how the storage system has performed in that financial year
  • make changes to the definitions of duly qualified person and person responsible to recognise shifts in industry terminology and best practice in these areas
  • simplify the definitions of petroleum and secondary leak detection system, and apply the Regulation to all EPA licensed sites
  • change the name of the Environment Protection Plan prepared by UPSS operators to document their system to the Fuel System Operation Plan to better describe the contents of the plan and align it with language used in the petroleum industry.
In addition to this proposed update of the Regulation, local councils will resume responsibility for regulating most UPSS in the state from 1 September 2019. The EPA will retain regulatory responsibility for those UPSS operated by public authorities, those in the unincorporated areas of the state, those UPSS subject to an existing EPA notice, direction or requirement (i.e. a notice issued prior to 1 September 2019 and still in force) and for UPSS subject to an environment protection licence.
Feedback can be provided through the EPA consultation portal at from 17 May 2019 until 14 June 2019. A summary of feedback received in submissions will be made publicly available on the EPA website.

For more information about the proposed remake of the UPSS regulation visit

NZ WORKSAFE – Hazardous Substances

New rules for class 6 and 8 substances
Hazardous waste changes
Temporary storage of vertebrate toxic agents
New performance standards for our compliance certifiers
Hazardous substances guidance – what’s new?
Innovating health and safety around hazardous substances

Source: Worksafe

And from around the world

Chemical Incident at South London Girls’ School

A school in south London was evacuated while students were taking exams due to a "chemical incident".  Emergency services were called to Langley Park Girls School in Beckenham on Thursday afternoon.   Students and teachers were told to evacuate the building, before emergency services carried out a controlled explosion.  The school said that an "issue was identified during a routine check in the science storage area." Source: Evening Standard 

Rise in CFC emissions traced to China

A puzzling burst of a banned ozone-depleting gas has been tracked to industrial areas in north-eastern mainland China. According to a study published today in Nature, emissions from eastern China of the chlorofluorocarbon CFC-11 have been increasing by 7,000 tonnes a year since 2013.

The findings are based on air monitoring stations in South Korea and Japan, which were able to pick up tell-tale plumes of the gas as they wafted across the sea from China. CFC-11 is used in polyurethane foams that insulate buildings and refrigerators, but its production was supposed to have been phased out by 2010 under the Montreal Protocol. The gas also contributes to global warming. But research published in May last year using NOAA's network of air monitoring stations found evidence someone in the world was producing and emitting thousands of tonnes of CFC-11 into the atmosphere. 
Source: The New Daily 

Ozone Hole Layer Animation

Latest Roundup Herbicide Defeat for Bayer, Jury Awards California Couple US $2 Billion

A jury has awarded this huge sum to a US couple who blamed Bayer’s Roundup weed killer for causing their cancer. Both Alva and Alberta Pilliod have battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after they used the weedkiller on their property for some 30 years. The company faces a slew of over 13,4000 lawsuits over the product, which uses glysophate, a pest-killing chemical that may raise cancer risks - a risk that three courts in a row have now ruled the company failed to warn consumers about.

Despite this third consecutive loss, Bayer - which now owns Monsanto - continues to deny fault, claiming that many studies over the years have found the chemical safe and non-carcinogenic, as did a recent EPA ruling.

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

Montana Highway Workers burnt by Oil

A Montana construction company faces $261,000 in fines after three of its workers were burned by hot oil at a mobile asphalt plant in Laurel in October, according to citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration last month. The April 17 citations state that Kalispell-based Nelcon Inc., a contractor hired by the Montana Department of Transportation to complete highway work near Laurel, racked up more than two dozen health and safety violations identified by federal investigators. Nelcon’s work at the construction site has previously been the subject of sanctions from the federal safety agency. In 2017, the company was cited for multiple violations after construction equipment was found to have tipped over into a gravel pit filled with water.

Source: Billings Gazette 

Explosive Drones attack Oil Pipelines

Two pumping stations on a major Saudi oil pipeline have been attacked by explosive-laden drones, halting the flow of crude along it - just two days after the sabotage of four tankers off the UAE coast. Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said attacks on the pipeline from the oil-rich Eastern Province to the Red Sea and called it 'an act of terrorism' that targeted global oil supplies. Oil infrastructure sites belonging to the country's state-run oil company Aramco were targeted with a fire breaking out at a station along the pipeline.  Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who are battling a Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen, had earlier claimed to have targeted several vital Saudi targets with drones and later said it was meant to send a message to the kingdom to 'stop your aggression' on their country. It was not immediately clear if they were also claiming responsibility for the ship sabotaging incident near Fujairah emirate. Daily Mail

DOT Releases New Rules for Lithium Battery Shippers

Unlike most transport rule changes, there is no a transition period for this rule. This makes it critical for companies transporting lithium batteries to understand the changes and ensure their organizations are compliant with the new regulations immediately.  On March 6, 2019 the Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released an Interim Final Rule (IFR) on enhanced safety provisions for transporting lithium batteries.  The rule added additional marking and labeling requirements for lithium battery shipments transported by road, rail and air. The rule prohibits the transport of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft; requires lithium ion cells and batteries to be shipped at not more than a 30 percent state of charge aboard cargo-only aircraft when not packed with or contained in equipment; and limits the use of alternative provisions for small lithium cell or battery shipments to one package per consignment.

Chlorine & Muriatic Acid mixed at US Aquatic Centre

A Hazmat Team responded to Santa Barbara Aquatics in Old Town Goleta for a dangerous chemical mixture that affected two people. Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to a smell of gas at 5822 Hollister Ave. Upon arrival, they discovered two employees had been working with chemicals and accidentally mixed Muriatic Acid with Chlorine causing the employees to have medical symptoms.  The employees had driven themselves to the hospital for evaluation, reports Captain Daniel Bertucelli.

Firefighters initiated a hazardous material call with a Hazmat Team to assist. Before the employees left, they covered the chemical mixture in a five-gallon bucket. Using specialty techniques, the Hazmat Team monitored and ventilated the area. They were able to dilute the product by pouring the compound into the pool on site rendering it non-hazardous, reports Bertucelli.

Source: edhat

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