Lesson learned video: An acid spill without a lab coat
Nov12

Lesson learned video: An acid spill without a lab coat

From Northwestern University and a chemistry graduate student who suffered a chemical burn from a triflic acid spill: “I probably would not have thought to go to the hallway right away, if someone wasn’t there to point me in the direction. I probably would have run around the lab trying to remember where the shower is, knowing full well that there wasn’t one in there.” “It was a freak accident in terms of...

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Organolithium preparation, properties, and safe handling
Nov11

Organolithium preparation, properties, and safe handling

“Auntie Markovnikov” left this in a comment last weekend, and I thought it deserved highlighting in a post of its own: Organic Process Research & Development had a review article in its October issue on “Preparation, Properties, and Safe Handling of Commercial Organolithiums: Alkyllithiums, Lithium sec-Organoamides, and Lithium Alkoxides,” by Terry “Li” Rathman of t-Links Consulting and James...

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Resource round-up from Sigma-Aldrich, AIChE, and the National Academies
Nov06

Resource round-up from Sigma-Aldrich, AIChE, and the National Academies

Sigma-Aldrich now has an eLearning course for Safe Handling of Air-Sensitive Pyrophoric Substances. AIChE’s Process Safety Beacon newsletters: Persistence – Good or Bad? Know when to stop to get help or evacuate. Ignition Sources, examples include static electricity, vehicles, welding, open flames, grinding, faulty wiring, furnaces, and pyrophoric or decomposing materials What is Your Role in Hazard Identification and Risk...

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Preparing piranha
Oct02

Preparing piranha

Piranha solutions are used to remove organic residues from substrates. Typically a 3:1 mixture of concentrated sulfuric acid to 30% hydrogen peroxide, it is highly corrosive and a powerful oxidizer. Simply mixing the solution is dangerous. And mixing piranha begs the question raises the question: Add the acid to the peroxide, or the other way around? Everyone hopefully learned in chemistry labs to “never cover an...

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Safety resources mini-round-up
Jul02

Safety resources mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Today post is a collection of safety resources: The Royal Society of...

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Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up
Jun30

Process Safety Beacon mini-round-up

I know that many blog readers like the chemical safety news round-ups, which went on hiatus for many months while I was busy with other things. I’m hoping to make a fresh start on those in a couple of weeks, after I return from vacation. This week my goal is to clean out my safety items folder, and as part of that I’m aiming to do a post a day with a few things each. Here we go with the first installment, AIChE’s...

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