Media Releases

University of Toronto Statement

September 2, 2014

Toronto, ON – Over the past weekend, a University of Toronto student posted a video of himself pouring liquid nitrogen over his head as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.  The University wishes to make clear that such activity is extremely dangerous.  Contact with liquid nitrogen could cause severe burns and significant injury.  The University has in place clear protocols regarding the safe handling of hazardous materials.  The activity shown in the video is absolutely prohibited by those protocols.  We do not condone the activity shown in the video. We strongly encourage best practice and safe behaviours while working and studying at the University of Toronto.


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