From: Dr Bob <drbob**At_Symbol_Here**FLOWSCIENCES.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Perchloric acid spill neutralization and absorption
Date: Wed, 8 May 2019 17:29:51 +0000
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Hi Mel!


See attached links for a paper I wrote on the subject and videos.


A perchloric acid hood is a very special unit. I would never advise trying to handle this material without proper protection. I'll always be happy to talk with you!


Dr. Bob Haugen

Director of Product and Technology Development

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From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU] On Behalf Of Mel -SmithCharlton
Sent: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 1:15 PM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Perchloric acid spill neutralization and absorption



Greetings everyone, 


we have a researcher who will be using 70%-72% Perchloric acid, he is making a 1:1 mix with Glacial Acetic Acid for the hydrolysis of fish fats.  In either case, we have some concerns with this because we do not have a perchloric acid hood (separate issue).  Now, once the mix is made, the Perchloric acid will be approximately 35% to 36%, however, my concern is with the possibility of a spill and the resulting waste from a spill.  Neutralization first, yes, but then it is also recommended that the spill NOT be absorbed with any combustible such as paper towels etc.  I have thought perhaps diatomaceous earth, or a combination of neutralizer with diatomaceous earth, collect with standard non-metal dust pan then bag/tag the neutralized waste.


Does anybody have any experience with Perchloric Acid spills, neutralization and absorbents, and if so, what do you use?




Melissa Charlton-Smith


GOMEB & Associates

VP Lab Safety, Chemical Hygiene & Lab Management 



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