Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 22:46:10 -0500
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From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: Setting Up Spill Kits...
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We save all our vermiculite that chemicals are packed in.  I like to 
include a box of the this in the spill kits.  It is good for organic 
solvents and it's free!

Margaret Rakas wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> 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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