Severity
Non-Event
Leak
Yes
Ignition
No

A hose clamp failed on a low-pressure vent line from a hydrogen reactor experiment and effluent was leaked into the laboratory. Unburnt hydrogen in the effluent stream triggered the low-level hydrogen alarm. The hose clamp was resecured and other hose clamps were checked for proper tightness.

Incident Date
Aug 06, 2008
Setting
Equipment
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Reactor
Damage and Injuries
Contributing Factors
When Incident Discovered
Lessons Learned

Maintenance on the low-pressure venting system was not occurring at regular intervals. Ventilation integrity is now checked before starting an experiment.