Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:33:34 -0600
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From: Diane Amell <Diane.Amell**At_Symbol_Here**STATE.MN.US>
Subject: Re: Setting Up Spill Kits...
Comments: To: sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**
I must be missing something. After the W R Grace mess in Libby, MT and
NE Minneapolis, vendors are still shipping product in vermiculite? I
would think the potential liability from asbestos exposure would cause
them to use something else. (And trust me, there's plenty of attorneys
operating in this state that are on late night TV touting asbestos
liability lawsuits.)

- Diane Amell, MNOSHA

>>> sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU 11/11/2009 9:46 PM >>>
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
> 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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