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Tianjin, China

102915884-150812-tianjin-explosion-0244p.530x298Tianjin, China – Yesterday, from a warehouse owned by Tianjin Dongjiang Port Rui Hai International Logistics Co., two massive explosions shocked the Chinese port city of Tianjin. The site is known for storing and transporting hazardous goods and chemicals including sodium cyanide, toluene diisocyanate and calcium carbide.

Two explosions ripped through the port, raining fire onto the city of 13 million. The second explosion, more powerful than the first, was equivalent to 21 metric tons of TNT or a magnitude-2.9 earthquake. Presently, 50 have been confirmed dead with more than 500 people hospitalized, 71 of which are in critical condition.

Firefighting efforts have been suspended due to a lack of information on the precise nature of the dangerous goods that caused the two blasts, and the company’s executives have been taken into custody where they are being held responsible for the destruction.

Handling hazardous material should always be taken seriously. When dealing with hazardous material, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is handled with care; safety is the first priority. Please refer to the EPA and OSHA sites for more information on how to properly deal with hazardous material, or contact The Integrated Group for consultation.  There is no excuse for the improper handling of unstable substances.

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragedy that struck Tianjin yesterday. We can only hope that aid and resources flow quickly so the recovery and healing process may begin.

If you want to brush up on your OSHA standards, HAZCOM or HAZWOPER knowledge, feel free to contact The Integrated Group to schedule a training course at 425.822.8500 or info@theintegratedgroup.com

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