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Gas leak at Intel manufacturing plant sends a dozen to the hospital

By Shawn Knight
Jul 1, 2013
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  1. A gas leak at Intel’s Chandler, Arizona, manufacturing plant sent a dozen people to the hospital over the weekend. At least 43 people became ill when a gas identified as nitrogen triflouride leaked from a single manufacturing tool in the...

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  2. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +147

    I googled it and posted it just in case anyone was as intrested as me.

    Nitrogen trifluoride is the inorganic compound with the formula NF3. This nitrogen-fluorine compound is a colorless, toxic, odourless, nonflammable gas. It finds increasing use as an etchant in microelectronics.

    Skin contact with NF3 is not hazardous, and it is a relatively minor irritant to mucous membranes and eyes. It is a pulmonary irritant with a toxicity comparable with nitrogen oxides, and overexposure via inhalation causes the conversion of hemoglobin in blood to methemoglobin, which can lead to the condition methemoglobinemia
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  3. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +147

    Best wishes to the victims, familys and fire crew.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,065   +704

    thanks for the info. I looked up methemoglobinemia, and it's a type of hemoglobin that doesn't release oxygen. The most obvious effect from my quick research is that it makes you turn blue.
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  5. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,256   +147

    A strange symptom indeed!

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