Hopefully, you will never find yourself in a hazardous situation due to a chemical spill in your lab. I believe it was Ben Franklin who stated “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. I decided to do my homework after receiving a frantic call from a client who had experienced a solvent spill as a result of a warehouse forklift accident. The good news, nobody was hurt, but it prompted the customer to call, in an effort to be prepared for any future situations. It goes without saying that, depending on the Volatility of the substance you’re dealing with, you may want to call your local fire department to assist with containment.
With that being said, I wanted to address the three most common spills that you would be capable of dealing with. We’re talking about: Acid, Caustic and Solvent spills. J.T. Baker manufactures three kits to address each of the above problems. Beginning with:
- Acid Spill cleanup: NEUTRASORB® provides rapid, controlled neutralization of concentrated acids, and visible color change as indication of complete neutralization. After complete neutralization, waste materials contain neutralized alkali metal and alkaline earth salts of the treated acid. PLEASE NOTE: NEUTRASORB® should not be used for spills of hydrofluoric acid, fuming nitric acid, fuming sulfuric acid, or peroxy (per-) organic or other highly reactive acids.
- For Caustic spill clean-up: NEUTRACIT®-2 provides a controlled reaction which eliminates splattering. The heat of the reaction is released safely as carbon dioxide. Visible color change indicates that neutralization is complete. After complete neutralization, waste materials contain neutralized citrate salts of the treated caustic.
- Finally, for Solvent spill clean-up, SOLUSORB® reacts immediately with the solvent, reducing solvent vapors and raising the flash point of the mixture. SOLUSORB® provides for the safe, effective handling of a solvent spill through reduction of flammable or toxic vapors, fast handling, complete cleanup, and convenient disposal.
There are also Assortment kits available that address all three of the above. It consists of three spill clean-up kits plus a wall-mountable storage cabinet and video. Each kit (one each of NEUTRASORB®, NEUTRACIT®-2, and SOLUSORB®) is supplied with the appropriate neutralizer, safety glasses, scoops, gloves, disposal bags and ties, and labels. Restock your spill control center (or create your own) with replacement kits, available separately. Again, I hope you never need to use any of the above products.
The experienced Laboratory Representatives at LabPlanet are available to assist you with the product or kit that best addresses your situation and to answer any questions that you may have. StephenG