I’ve discovered in my travels that synthetic labs always have some sort of scheme for labelling their lab-produced products. They are usually teeny samples – a few milligrams, typically. Workers treat those synthesis products as if they were toxic, in the absence of information to the contrary. I’ve been asking researchers to include in their lab-specific CHP a descriptor of the research lab naming convention. It varies from group to group and I WILL NOT get into the business of telling anyone how they should name their samples! They need to tell me how they name their materials.
Debbie M. Decker, CCHO
Department of Chemistry
University of California, Davis
1 Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
Birkett's hypothesis: "Any chemical reaction
that proceeds smoothly under normal conditions,
can proceed violently in the presence of an idiot."
Dear DCHAS Listers,
We are interested in how various colleges and universities label synthesized chemical materials in small quantities in vials.
Some of our organic chemists have hundreds of samples in small vials labelled with structures only. Some samples may or may not be novel substances.
This becomes a problem when someone retires or leaves and our hazardous waste group is tasked with identifying hundreds of samples for disposal purposes.
What do you require?
Actual chemical names? Associated hazards? Can they be grouped and stored in similar chemical groups.
Any information is very much appreciated.
Christopher E. Kohler
Laboratory Safety Manager
University Environmental Health and Safety
1514 E Third Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
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