Here are some of the cool or strange things I found when I took over my labs: https://umfchemistry.shutterfly.com/random/444
My favorite one was the acetyl chloride that was so old it had eaten through the cap, through the can, and started to eat the shelf. When I lifted it, that part of the shelf fell through. It is shown here https://umfchemistry.shutterfly.com/random/479#481
The before and afters of this stockroom are located here: https://umfchemistry.shutterfly.com/msbremodel/2009. Note that this was a Class 1 flammables storage room and corrosives and oxidizers (anything that had that was liquid) were being stored here as well.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Michigan - Flint
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**med.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Melissa Charlton-Smith
Sent: Thursday, July 14, 2016 1:42 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] picture request - consequences of poor chemical storage
Thanks Dave, much appreciated!
On Jul 14, 2016 11:18 AM, "David C. Finster" <dfinster**At_Symbol_Here**wittenberg.edu> wrote:
When Bob Hill and I were working on our lab safety textbook we tried to surf government websites (as much and as successfully as we could) since you don't need permission for government images/tables/etc. We included a picture from the EPA (Figure 18.104.22.168 in our book, second edition) that isn't exactly what you want, but may suffice. The source URL is:
You'll have to scroll down to the "Winter 2014" link and expand that entry. (Fifth image.)
Otherwise you can access all of the figures and tables in our book at: http://labsafetylscs2.weebly.com/images-and-tables.html Download the PowerPoint for Chapter 8; first slide. Our full citation is: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Emergency Response and Management Activities, Winter 2014, EPA and Oregon State University Improve Chemical Safety in Labs, http://www2.epa.gov/emergency-response/emergency-response-and-management-activities#winter2014
David C. Finster
Professor, Department of Chemistry
University Chemical Hygiene Officer
From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Melissa Charlton-Smith
Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:13 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] picture request - consequences of poor chemical storage
Does anybody out there have a stock picture, or a picture from one of your storage areas from when you FIRST took over handling chemical storage and you found the YUCK? You know the cracked bottles, the spills, the "scary" stuff that looks terrible? Or possibly even a picture of an incident that resulted from poor storage?
FYI I am just looking for a picture to put in a text book we are writing, you will get credit for the picture. If you have a "Before" and "After" picture that would be great too! Don't worry, the picture will include a line in there that it has since been remedied so no one will get the impression that it is still this way..
I have dug through the pictures I have taken over the years and can't find anything that looks like "consequences" of poor storage other than some jars of hygroscopics that had liquified.
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