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
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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 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.


Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue, Ward Building
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899

(610) 526-5166

Dear members,


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.   


Best wishes


Yung Morgan, MsPH
Laboratory Safety
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**

            IH  motivation: saving the world, one fume hood  at the time. YM

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