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Lack of awareness of new chemists

Incident

A new chemist tried to diazotise aminotetrazole and was entertained by by sparking and deflagration, and despite the observations, continued adding to the stoichiometric value.

Comment

The lack of experience is a major problem, but also the lack of awareness and the lack of where to go to find if a hazard exists.  The increased safety need in universities often means that the student may never see any real hazardous chemistry.

Webmaster's comment: I had two (small) fires and one well sprayed fume cupboard in just a few years when studying my degree.  Those experiments would not be carried out thesedays....

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