Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 18:10:38 +1100
Reply-To: Paul Dover <Paul.Dover**At_Symbol_Here**PHARM.MONASH.EDU.AU>
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From: Paul Dover <Paul.Dover**At_Symbol_Here**PHARM.MONASH.EDU.AU>
Subject: Amorphous silicone dioxide silica
G'day all, 

Can I get some opinions/advice please?
Our HOD got 25kg drums of this stuff for each lab, Davisil LC60A 40-63
(um) LOW to be precise.
We just had an OHS inspection and the consultant was unimpressed and
suggested in future we get 1kg containers. We used to do this, but the
HOD noted cost 25kg was only three times cost of a 1kg container...and
we go through it.
Anyway, in lieu of that we were told risk assessments, SOP for transfer,
etc., required. No argument from me, silicosis is a nasty thing.
I call up the MSDS and to my great surprise it is Hazard alert: NIL, 
Non Hazardous Substance, Non Dangerous Goods.

Smug head of department feels vindicated in his choice to get 25kg drums
of the stuff. I'm not so sure.

I'll still get risk assessment and SOP, but what do I say next time he
wants to order in bulk!?

Cheers, Paul

Paul Dover
Resources Manager
Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Action
Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Monash University (Parkville Campus)
381 Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria, 3052. Australia

Phone: +61 3 9903 9551
Fax:   +61 3 9903 9143

Email: Paul.Dover**At_Symbol_Here**

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