From: "Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety" <secretary**At_Symbol_Here**DCHAS.ORG>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] 5 Re: [DCHAS-L] Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 3:36:56 PM EDT
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From: Paul Harrison
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 2:55:47 PM EDT

Yes, all of our academic research and teaching labs have spill kits. These were made by members of the safety committee many years ago to reduce costs. As I recall, they contain kitty litter for absorption, along with charcoal for solvents, calcium carbonate for acids, and I think citric acid for bases.


From: "Samuella B. Sigmann"
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 3:01:49 PM EDT

Absolutely. We make them up in house from purchased components. That is an NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (our EPA) regulation. I am at an academic institution.

From: Rita Kay Calhoun
Subject: RE: Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 3:15:53 PM EDT

I work at a public university. We have Spill Control cabinets in each lab. We do not have a graduate program in chemistry, but our majors do do research projects. The cabinets at minimum contain absorbents (sometimes loose; sometimes pads; often both), vinegar, baking soda, dilute bleach solution, and gloves. We also have first-aid kits in each lab. I can't imagine a rationale for not having both in every lab.


From: "Dona Lee Wong, Ph.D."
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 2:59:47 PM EDT

Yes, we provide chemical spill kits along with appropriate PPE. Academia.

dona wong

Dona Lee Wong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Director, Laboratory of Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology
From: Rachel Harrington
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Spill Kits In Labs
Date: May 8, 2013 3:06:07 PM EDT

We don't supply them but we recommend they have them and most labs are pretty quick to agree once you point out the volume of flammable liquid they have in inventory. We also have a number of them located strategically in the lab hallways for those with less chemical volume. I work in a small academic non-undergraduate institution but we have over 100 active labs.

Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM
Director, Office of Environmental, Health and Safety
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
847-578-3420 work
224-622-4244 cell
847-775-6548 fax

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