From: Michael Hurwitz <renegadechemist**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Butyl Lithium & syringe safety
Date: March 7, 2013 12:44:46 PM EST
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It's also worth mentioning that the now infamous UCLA Grad Student Death was caused by Butyl lithium mishandling. That case did involve the use of butyl lithium in a syringe. Although the details of that case are pretty unclear, overfilling of a syringe is one possible explanation for what happened. I would take extra precautions given the publicity that particular compound has gotten.






Michael D. Hurwitz

Renegade Chemistry Consulting



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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of George D. McCallion
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Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Butyl Lithium & syringe safety


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From: "Kim Gates" <kim.gates**At_Symbol_Here**STONYBROOK.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2013 9:52:50 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Butyl Lithium & syringe safety

I have a question from our Chem dept about nButyl Lithium & syringes after I forwarded them the CEN blog on safer syringes.


The lab's SOP calls for not reusing their syringes & only filling them 50%. I asked them to write in more clearly that they are to dispose in sharps container. 


The questions I'm hoping any of you with similar hazards can help with:


1. Is there enough residual material in the syringe that it could be hazardous?

2. Should there be a sharps container stored in the fume hood for the exclusive use of these syringes (avoiding incompatible material that may be left in the syringe)

3. If not a sharps container, what/how does your labs dispose of these syringes? 





Kim Gates
Laboratory Safety Specialist
Environmental Health & Safety
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-6200
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