Date: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 16:07:39 -0500
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From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Setting Up Spill Kits...

We're setting up a new 'wet' science building and while we have 'spill 
kits' here, I would like to find out what others find useful to keep on 
hand and deal with:

1) Small (1 gallon or less) solvent spills --acetone, ethanol, the like

2) Acid/base spills

I am particularly interested whether you have chosen to go with the 
'universal' sorbent pads OR instead use a powder that (at least in the 
case of acid/base spills) neutralizes.  I can see the benefit from a 
powder for flammable spills--there isn't the issue of packaging a 
solvent-soaked combustible pad for safety, until the next lab pack--but I 
would think that using a neutralizing agent pretty much means the vapors 
are going to lead you into respirator use.  

Any products or methods you've loved, please let me know!
Many thanks,

Margaret A. Rakas, Ph.D.
Manager, Inventory & Regulatory Affairs
Clark Science Center
Smith College
Northampton, MA. 01063
p:  413-585-3877
f:   413-585-3786 

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