Questions regarding chemical and lab safety. This includes questions about proper lab procedure, safe chemical handling, and such.

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Smoke alarm ion neutralisation

Smoke alarms are a necessary part of many modern day buildings, especially in laboratories and of course, the family home. According to the World Nuclear Association page Smoke Detectors and ...
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Can organomercury compounds synthesize accidentally from household cleaning products? [duplicate]

I had broken a CFL partially on carpet last week. It was a spent bulb, and the outer glass shell broke but not the fluorescent tube - apparently the tube did have a small hole in it which found out ...
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Why would sulfuric acid turn gray/black?

About 2 years ago I purchased 2 liters of 98% concentrated sulfuric acid. It's in a standard poly bottle with leakproof lids, and originally was clear. Recently I noticed the acids have turned a dark ...
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Can dimethylmercury originate from cleaning up a broken thermometer with disposable wet wipes?

I broke a CFL in my home (so elemental mercury is present in a small amount) and wiped up some of the mess with a clorox wipe. The wipe in question contains dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride and ...
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Will the sulfur-iodine cycle and Haber Method work at lower pressures and temperatures?

I have a year-long research project next year in my senior year of high school, in which we have to make some product or prototype to solve some issue. My interest was in the Liquid Fluoride ...
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NaClO Concentration

In my previous occupation the usage of bleach--$NaClO$--I found was quite staggering, and based off of the health issues that I and other coworkers were having, I wanted to see how close we were ...
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What reaction is happening when a lithium polymer battery “is on fire”

When something goes wrong with a lithium polymer battery (as are commonly used to power electric models and robots), and it "catches fire", what is actually happening? What gas or gasses are being ...
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How to store methanol

We will be buying methanol by a about 200 liters at a time, I was wondering what I should consider when storing it. So far I know that it should be in the shade earthed with a copper stake in a ...
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Learning about explosives

I was wondering why temperature regulation is an important factor in producing explosives. I know many are exothermic reactions but what would happen if you did not use an ice bath and allow the ...
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How it is possible to make Aqua Regia in the lab?

How to make "Aqua Regia" in the lab conditions? Which lab equipment must be used?
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how to calculate the gas volume per purge when I change the cylinder?

I have some gas cylinders in a gas cabinet. Every time I change the cylinder, I use N2(100%v/v, 60L/min) to purge the residue gas in the pipe to a local scrubber. I want to know how many gases I ...
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Do ethanol and phenylethanol share the same properties?

I was hoping to know whether or not ethanol and phenylethanol share the same properties, i.e. do they both cause intoxication or does the phenyl group change the characteristics of the phenylethanol?
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Hydrogenation at atmospheric pressure in amateur environment

I was planning on doing some small scale hydrogenation practicals at atmospheric pressure (probably from Vogel) and ran into a couple of questions. I will be using the "balloon method" (described in ...
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At what scenario will a LCD monitor that used mercury inside their lamp be harmful

Small amount of mercury and/or mercury vapors is harmful to human as it can cause damage to vital organs such as brain, heart and so on. However, there are many electronic devices such as LCD monitor ...
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How to remove a stuck stopper from a flask

I had a question about how about how to remove a stopper that has been stuck in the neck of a 100 mL round bottom flask since I forgot to wipe the neck of the flask. A salt was formed in the 100 mL ...
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Safety in handling of concentrated ammonium fluoride

I recently saw a protocol for extracting organic materials that are bound in the silica matrix formed by diatoms. The extraction protocol used 10 molar ammonium fluoride ($\ce{NH4F}$). I briefly ...
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Could PNP (Silicon) transistor be toxic when exposed to air\light?

The story goes as follow: While I was in the electronic room I got bored and crushed a PNP transistor (Model CDIL 2N2907) using a rotating pipe jaws just like in the picture bellow. Now, it took me ...
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What stopper will stop HCl fumes?

The local hardware stores actually sell chemicals in recycled beer bottles with plastic stoppers as lids. The bottle of hydrochloric acid I bought is clearly losing gas to diffusion through the ...
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Testing for the presence of Hexamethylenetetramine / Formaldehyde [duplicate]

I read in Russian popular articles that it is allowed to preserve herring/fish with Hexamethylenetetramine in Europe. Since Soviet times, I like to buy salty herring and marinade it with Vinegar. The ...
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Mimic a volcano eruption with household chemicals?

How can one mimic a volcano eruption using household chemicals safely? We've tried it in a testing tube with baking soda and vinegar. This wasn't quite as impressive as expected. On the web we've ...
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What safety measures should I take when operating a backyard aluminum furnace

I have made a DIY furnaces out of cement. Before I do any smelting, I would just like to take any suggestions in regards to any safety measures I should take. I plan to only melt aluminum cans and ...
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Hydrogen can be stored? [closed]

Please tell about the hydrogen gas storage and the pressure created in tank. what is the calorific value of hydrogen gas when it is burnt?
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Methanol skin exposure serious or not? [closed]

I have just minutes ago been splashed with industrial grade methanol. It seemed like a small amount (1-3mL) on my skin. I already washed the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. Online I've ...
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What kind of fire extinguisher for chemistry at home?

The are various types of fire extinguishers. They can be based on water foam dry powder carbon dioxide wet chemicals halon etc. Suppose one is learning chemistry at home. What type of fire ...
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Is it possible to make metal fulminates?

Is it possible to make fulminates such as: magnesium fulminate, copper fulminate, etc. by the metal + $\ce{HNO3}$ + $\ce{EtOH}$ reaction?
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Organizing my “chemical” cabinet

I'm reorganizing my garage (I do metalworking and some machining), and now I have an empty white cabinet that I'd like to dedicate to chemical stuff. I'm not a chemist, and I don't have the typical ...
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Would nicotine @ 27g per 1.5ml be lethal? [closed]

Before giving up smoking I looked at ecigs and found that spillage on skin or ingestion could be fatal. Would a cartridge that holds 1.5-2ml of liquid at 27mg (1.8 v/v) be 27mg per drop or for the ...
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Soil organic carbon digestion methods - safety

I have several ground up soil samples that I need to get fractions from. The fractions are based on the Century Soil Model. Briefly, the fractions relate to the approximate time frame it takes for an ...
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How is the process of creating PVC fabrics harmful for the environment?

I often hear that the production process for PVC fabrics (such as those used in Gucci and Versace handbags) is very harmful to the environment. What part of the process is harmful and can this be ...
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Practical safety of storing potassium

Potassium ($\ce{K}$) seems to be the transitional alkali metal in terms of safety. Lighter than $\ce{K}$ and we can store under oil with no worries. Heavier than $\ce{K}$ and only ampules will work. ...
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what would happen if you got a full package of wet silica gel on your hand after it tore open? [closed]

I accidently opened a bag of silica gel and got it on my hand what will happen to my hand because now it kinda feels weird.
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How effective is a level A hazmat suit for immersion in deadly substances?

I know that level A type hazmat suits can protect against minor splashes, but could somebody in one survive without harm after complete immersion for a few minutes in deadly chemicals such as Sodium ...
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Why did the salt on the skin of my turkey react with the aluminum foil it was touching?

I sprinkled salt on my turkey skin and left it to dry out over night. It was covered with aluminum foil. The next morning the aluminum foil had holes ‘burnt’ in it and the turkey skin turned silver at ...
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Is 1000ml of 'hot-ice' solution dangerous?

So I was trying out the sodium acetate trihydrate 'hot ice' experiment, and my 300ml test worked great. So, naturally, more is better right? (cringe) Now I have a 1000ml in a pyrex beaker cooling ...
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Do chemicals have an expiry date?

A bonus question would be, if so, why? Is it because it decomposes and hence the expiry date is calculated out?
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Cleaning up equipment contaminated with ethidium bromide?

I want to clean up some old equipment that was used to visualize nucleic acids with ethidium bromide. It's a UV table, built from glass and metal (stainless steel, I assume). Ethidium bromide is ...
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How ‘lively’ would this ‘health’ potion be?

I’ve stumbled across a rather peculiar recipe for a allegedly ‘health’ potion in a computer game, composed of an unspecified amount of each of the following: rust (iron oxide) saltpetre (potassium ...
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Do all salts taste salty?

Recently, I am learning the production of soluble and insoluble salts. My friend and I have done this experiment at the school lab. However, we want to taste them to see whether they are salty are ...
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Is there a way to contain fluorine gas for long term so that it can be visually observed?

Bromine, chlorine and iodine can all be sealed in a glass container for display without the elements reacting with the glass. But if you try to seal fluorine in glass I believe it will react and fog ...
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What are the dangers of handling 0.12N sulfuric acid?

I'm handling 0.12N of sulfuric acid for a science experiment that I am carrying out for a school project. I hear about all these terrible effects if it's ingested, inhaled, or gets in contact in skin. ...
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How effective is sulfur in detecting mercury vapors

I've read that powdered elemental sulfur will react to the presence of mercury vapor in the air creating red mercury sulfide, and that an open container of sulfur can be used as a means to verify ...
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Will lye damage vinyl pool liners?

I have a nutty neighbor that said someone told them to put liquid lye into their above ground pool. I said it would eat away the lining, their answer was to only use a little bit.
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Precautions and tips for Qualitative Inorganic Analysis of Coins

I'm a highschool student and as part of an investigatory project, I have decided to analyse which metals are present in our everyday coins. I chose this because in my previous academic year, I had ...
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How to change color of urine safely? [closed]

I am trying to find a SAFE way to change the colour of my urine, from what I have read online, Methylene Blue is relatively safe, and will change urine to blue or green. Is it safe? Can I put this in ...
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Safe drying agents for drying machine

When I was milling NaOH for some purpose, I noticed that the powder is incredibly hygroscopic. Because I have problems with drying certain chemicals safely (without extensive heating), I thought this ...
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What would chemistry seniors like to hear about industrial hygiene?

I have a master degree in physical chemistry with close to 10 years experience as a chromatographer in pharma. About two years ago I made a career change into industrial hygiene. Right now I am ...
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Why did roasting of CuSO4*5H2O hurt my nose?

I want to use copper(II) sulfate as rocket propellant additive in hope that it will alter the flame colour. Because water is not welcome in rocket fuel, I decided to dehydrate the crystals. First I ...
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About electricity and liquid products

This may sound weird but could one 'zap' some liquid like milk with electricity of a certain voltage for a 'few' seconds hoping to kill any bacteria in it? I know some people suggested some type of ...
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What is the liquid in Mathmos lava lamps?

How can I identify the liquid in Mathmos lava lamps? I have two of them with broken caps, I need to get rid of them. Can I flush the stuff down the toilet? It smells funny.
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Can I use piranha solution to clean copper out of impurities?

I have some old pieces of wire. Since I want to use copper in homemade fireworks, I'm trying to gather it from the wires. I could buy it, however harvesting is much more fun. Sulphuric acid doesn't ...