Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:24:12 -0700
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From: "Demer, Frank R - (demer)" <demer**At_Symbol_Here**EMAIL.ARIZONA.EDU>
Subject: question

One of our labs had a base bath fire over the weekend.  A researcher forgot there was alcohol in the bath and tried to extinguish a match, used to light a propane torch, in the bath.  Besides the obvious problem of using matches instead of a striker and the questionable use of a propane torch to dry glassware for a moisture sensitive reaction, can anyone recommend an alternative to a base bath containing KOH solution, iso-propanol and ethanol?

Frank R. Demer, MS, CIH, CSP
Health Safety Officer
Industrial Hygiene and Safety
University of Arizona
Department of Risk Management Services

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