FDA Warns that Powdered Caffeine can Kill

I recently watched an episode of the “Brew Dogs” (if you haven’t watch “Brew Dogs” catch it on youtube). They were in Seattle and they were trying to make the most caffeinated beer in the world. To do this, coffee wasn’t going to be enough so they went to a lab and we got to watch as they extracted caffeine and made it into a powder.

Turns out brews dogs aren’t the only ones doing this and powdered caffeine is now available on the internet. The problem is that this pure caffeine in even small doses can be fatal.

At least one teen has died from an overdose already and rumors are going around that teenagers are starting to snort it. If that’s the case, more deaths will follow.

The FDA is warning people to stay away from it as standard measuring equipment like measuring spoons are accurate enough; even a teaspoons can kill.

Because caffeine is in a lot of food and drinks as a natural by-product of tea, coffee and other substances, it isn’t regulated by the FDA, something that the FDA plans on changing in the near future.

Right now, caffeine is sold as a dietary supplement and widely available.

The FDA is warning people to just stay away from it and make sure that your children and teenagers know that it isn’t something to mess with.


How Not To Kill Yourself With Household Items

Here’s an interesting web page by PJ Smith on how much of different household “stuff” (we’re talking everything from toothpaste to carrots) you’d have to ingest before it killed you. Like they say on the site “Don’t try this at home”

Cinnamon – 40 Tablespoons


Illustration: Lindsay Mound

One tablespoon of cinnamon has resulted in thousands of videos of people coughing and choking on YouTube. Thankfully it’s not the 40 tablespoon challenge, which could result in fatal benzaldehyde poisoning.​

Read the rest of the Digg post at http://digg.com/2014/ingestion-infographic

20+ Deaths attributed to NBOMe

It’s called NBOMe and it’s the newest “designer drug” to hit the streets. It can also be lethal.

(image source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25C-NBOMe)

Over twenty deaths in WA state alone have been attributed to an overdose of this new drug. Comparable to LSD only much much stronger, NBOMe is a man made hallucinogen. It is often sold, like LSD on blotter paper but is also available as a liquid or a powder that can be added to food or even inhaled. Even small amounts, we’re talking micrograms, not grams, can cause cardiac arrest, respiratory problems and even death.

Though outlawed last year, the drug is only just beginning to take hold across the country and most users are young teenagers.

Take the time to teach your kids about the drug. Explain to them that there is no safe amount and that even a small amount can kill them.

To find out more about this drug go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25C-NBOMe.

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; Hot Work: Hidden Hazards Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring

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CSB Releases New Safety Video on Fatal Hot Work Explosion at DuPont Facility in Buffalo; Hot Work: Hidden Hazards Shows Danger of Inadequate Gas Monitoring Safety Video Follows Release of the CSBs Investigative Report Approved at a Public Meeting Yesterday in Buffalo, New York

April 20, 2012

Investigation Details:
E. I. DuPont De Nemours Co. Fatal Hotwork Explosion


Washington DC, April 20, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a new safety video detailing a fatal 2010 hot work accident that occurred at the DuPont facility near Buffalo, New York.

The video, entitled Hot Work: Hidden Hazards features a computer animation showing how hot work being conducted on top of a tank led to a deadly explosion that killed one contractor and injured another.

CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said, This is another in our series of safety videos in wide use in industry throughout the world; our hope is that this dramatic depiction will result in greater emphasis in safety during hot work activities like welding and grinding.

In the video, Dr. Moure-Eraso notes that, The tragic explosion at the DuPont facility exposed weaknesses in how process hazards were analyzed and controlled. The result was the death of a welder in a preventable hot work accident. In the video Chairperson Moure-Eraso emphasizes that hot work is often seen as a routine activity, but it can prove deadly if fire and explosion hazards are overlooked.
The 11-minute video details the events leading up to the accident noting thatalthough DuPont personnel monitored the atmosphere above the tank, no monitoring was done to see if any flammable vapor was inside the tank. The CSB investigation found the hot work ignited the vapor as a result of the increased temperature of the metal tank, sparks falling into the tank, or vapor wafting from the tank into the hot work area. The welder died instantly from blunt force trauma, and a foreman received first-degree burns and minor injuries.

CSB Investigator Mark Wingard says in the video, We found that the contractors did obtain hot work permits for welding, but those permits were authorized by DuPont employees who were unfamiliar with the specific hazards of the process and did not require testing the atmosphere inside the tanks.

The CSB released its final report and formal safety recommendation at a news conference and public meeting in Buffalo on April 19.
The video is available to stream or download on www.CSB.gov and may be viewed on the CSBs YouTube channel, USCSB (www.youtube.com/uscsb).
The CSBs safety videos continue to garner awards, including three recent Peer Awards given by the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington, DC in November 2011. The CSB video program was specifically cited when the CSB was named the 2008 recipient of the American Chemical Societys (ACS) Howard Fawcett Award, honoring outstanding contributions in the field of chemical health and safety, marking the first time the 25-year-old award has been presented to an entire organization.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.
The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, www.csb.gov
For more information, contact CSB Communications Manager Hillary Cohen at 202.261.3601, cell 202 446.8094, or Sandy Gilmour, cell 202.251.5496.