From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] working with Ethanedithiol
Date: August 15, 2012 1:53:24 PM EDT
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
1,2 ethanedithiol, a.k.a., 1, 2-dimercaptoethane, seems similar to ethyl mercaptan. One method for dealing with ethyl mercaptan spills, as mentioned here http://sulfur.nigc.ir/hse-sulfurcompounds-ethylmercaptan-en.html
is to apply 5% calcium hypochlorite. Other sites mention household bleach (sodium hypochlorite). Perhaps a dip in a dilute bleach solution as part of the glass washing process would do the trick.
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue, Ward Building
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Hope the Summer is finding you well and somewhat rested(?). A question came from our sister school re: working with Ethane dithiol in a glove box. Any thought on this? Also what kind of decontamination procedures for glassware before disposing? We usually find glass only boxes full of smelly broken glass and our custodial group would refuse to remove them.
Again thank you so much for any thought you may have. Continue doing great work and enjoying the last of Summer.
Yung Morgan, MsPH
Industrial Hygiene Services
Environmental Health and Safety
117 Draper hall
UMASS,Amherst MA 01003
phone (413) 545-2682
Fax (413) 545-2600
email : pmorgan**At_Symbol_Here**ehs.umass.edu
IH motivation: saving the world, one fume hood at the time. YM
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