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

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Is it safe to cover a floor lamp, with an Alumnium metal pie plate? [migrated]

Please see the image below. I'm trying to convert my IKEA NYFORS floor lamp into a reading light, by covering the top with an Aluminium pie plate. Will this be a fire or electrical hazard? Does anyone ...
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Safe to store drinking alcohol in polycarbonate?

Long story short I'm looking to store hard alcohol (ie 35% vodka) in a plastic tube. PVC pipe made the alcohol taste kindof chemically (maybe it was from the PVC cement though?) and while the the ...
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I have tried to remove oxidation from a metal scraper using vinegar, now the metal looks and smells burnt, what went wrong?

I have recently tried to remove some oxidation from a metal scraper spatula by using vinegar. After leaving it there for a couple of hours I was left with a burnt smell (with a hint of burnt candle ...
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Is powdered acid dangerous? [closed]

I was told that an acid is only dangerous because it releases $\ce{H+}$ ions when in contact with water. Therefore, powdered acid should be completely safe on skin provided that your skin is not ...
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Will Sodium Polyacrylate (SAP) absorb the gas from liquid ammonia?

I'm considering using sodium polyacrylate grains to absorb spills of a relatively strong Ammonium Hydroxide solution. Will the SAP (super absorbent polymer) only absorb the water, and in effect make ...
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Where do MSDS data sheets get their information? (How to write one)

For example looking at Sigma-Aldrich MSDS sheets, where do they cite their studies that found hazard in the chemicals? Or in other words, how does one "write" an MSDS sheet? I need to write ...
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Cleaning solution alternatives for acetate, nitrate, or polyester base motion picture film

I am in search of alternative film cleaning solutions which are safe for the film, me, and the environment. I have used several different professional film cleaning solutions in my many years of ...
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Am I accidentaly creating dangerous silver nitride?

I am doing some experiments with alternative film chemistry and I am starting to get concerned about safety. One experiment involves converting a small amount of metallic silver to silver chloride and ...
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Is Thermoplastic Rubber Food/Pet Safe? Confusions between TPR and TPE

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this or if I should be posting at Crafts or Engineering, but since my primary concern is about the safety of its use for my dogs I will post here. I ...
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Why are zinc shot and mossy zinc not considered toxic but zinc granules are?

In our lab we have three forms of zinc. We were initially experimenting with these three forms to optimize our application. We have "zinc shot", "mossy zinc", and "zinc ...
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Practices while using a boiling tube

When using a boiling tube to boil a liquid, I am frequently advised to move the boiling tube in and out of the Bunsen flame and when the liquid starts to boil, remove the tube from the flame for a few ...
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Safety concerns (Cyanide): Dicyandiamide + Polyamine condensation reaction

I am attempting to synthesize a poly-amine polymer by condensation between dicyandiamide (also known as cyanoguanidine and dicyandiamine) and diethyltriamine. The polymer is a kind of dye fixative ...
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Toxicity of Mercury (II) Iodide and dicopper (I) tetraiodomercurate (II)

This is a continuation from my previous post. Could you please give me some info on the toxicity of compounds $\ce{HgI2}$ and $\ce{Cu2[HgI4]}$? I found on sigmaaldrich.com that these are very ...
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How to use Sodium Thiosulfate for fixing dicopper (I) tetraiodomercurate (II)?

DISCLAIMER DO NOT TRY TO DEMERCURATE USING DESCRIBED PROCEDURE. CONSULT YOUR EMERGENCY SERVICE. I found a discrepancy between a government-approved procedure of living quarters demercuration and the ...
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Should I be worried about the waste from “sugar rockets” and other potassium nitrate fireworks?

"Sugar rockets" or sparklers made of metal fillings, potassium nitrate and some carbon compound are easily made, and there is a lot of tutorials and videos on the internet suggesting them as ...
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The safest and easiest way of working with solid LDA

I have a 25-gram bottle of solid LDA (lithium diisopropylamide), factory sealed. I'm going to setup an aldol reaction with it, but I don't know how to organize work properly. I think of quickly ...
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Solvent + Photopolymer Waste Disposal

I have a 3L jug of SLA printer-related waste that's been sitting under my desk for a while now and I'd really like to finally figure out how to get rid of it. It contains: Ethanol (primarily) and ...
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Chemical safety information: Where to look to find out how poisonous poisons are?

Could someone point me toward a primer on how to read the toxicity warnings on standard chemical data sheets? Or alternatively, where one should look for more precise information than is contained on ...
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White growth on unopened bottle of chlorotrimethylsilane

I have a white, moldy-like substance that has been growing near the cap of an unopened glass container filled with TMSCl. It has spread to form a thin, powdery coating on all of the other containers ...
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HCN, or my nose says I'm dead [closed]

As you see, I still post... I studied chemisty decades ago (and when I was through with all the compulsory practica, I was sent to a computer chemistry workgroup and politely suggested to never touch ...
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How can a detergent “designed for sensitive skin” warrant the “corrosive” hazard symbol?

The dish-washing detergent, which you can find an image of here, has the following hazard symbol on its back: On the back, it additionally says that if it comes in contact with the skin, you should ...
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How do I understand exactly how hazardous a material is based on SDS?

I work with a lab occasionally and get asked often if a chemical is safe to breathe, how hazardous is it if it lands on skin, etc. For the most part, I'll try to go to an SDS and look it up. The ...
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Phosphoric acid spill cleanup

While working with some rust converter (MSDS, ~20% phosphoric acid by weight), a sequence of events that would make Rube Goldberg proud led to me spilling about 500mL of it all over the place. Yes I ...
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Standard practice for keeping salts dry

I should point out first that I'm not a chemist, but I'm currently doing a little bit of chemistry; this should clarify that I don't have formal training in a chemistry lab (other than some basic chem ...
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Are there safe inks that allow one to eat a fish after painting it?

Just came across a specific type of art called Gyotaku where specific types of ink are used to paint over one side of a fish and then a paper (rice paper, shoji paper, ...) is placed on top in order ...
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When multiple sources give the content of an ingredient my an unqualified percentage, can I safely assume this is by weight? Or; it's not a wart

I am trying to make a simple scented shampoo and body soap for my own use and for Christmas gifts. I statr with a base of 32 oz – (a bit under a kg) of a mild commercial castille soap (Dr. Bronner’s ...
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Is there a safe way to neutralize bleach at home [closed]

I don't want to simply replace one hazardous chemical with another. The bleach is stubbornly clinging to my shower walls and I feel its effects every time I take a shower. Ascorbic acid seems like the ...
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What are the consequences of mixing Ferric Chloride Solution, distilled vinegar, baking soda and water? [closed]

I was attempting to etch and blade with a ferric chloride solution. I did not have enough so I filled a glass with vinegar and water (3 parts vinegar to 1 part water) then added 2 oz. of ferric ...
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Guidelines for home generation of hypochlorous acid disinfectant from salt water [closed]

I bought a home generator for making hypochlorous acid by electrolysis of a water and salt solution. I would like to figure out guidelines for safe and effective use of my generator. I have found ...
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Is it safe to look at a mercury gas discharge tube? [closed]

As part of a chemistry course, I recently observed a demonstration in which the instructor electrified a mercury gas discharge tube (the tube looked something like this image). The glow from the tube ...
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Does aluminium foil, warmed up by sunlight, harm human health? [closed]

I must lightproof and block sunlight in new bedroom. I can't afford blinds or window coverings. I don't use garbage bags, because a plastic bag baking in the sun may emit harmful chemicals (see Home ...
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General Question about transferring Solution from containers (Workplace Related)

At my workplace we will soon begin diluting a solution to specific concentrations, this is done within a specific container. The solution to be diluted is provided by a manufacturer in the following ...
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Is it safe to combine sodium hypochlorite (bleach) sodium triphosphate (TSP) for cleaning?

I've heard this combination can be particularly effective at cleaning biofilms, perhaps because the TSP is a surfacant, allowing bleach to "attack" more layers of the biofilm. However, I'm ...
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Are burns from Lye or Potash that bad?

I read that the chemicals potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide are extremely corrosive and will cause severe burns but I also see videos of people saying that if you get lye on you, then just wash ...
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Does davis safety lamp detect explosive gases in ship compartments? [closed]

I feel managers at Bangladesh ship breaking yard are not properly caring for safety of workers. Many workers die in explosions while salvaging metal. documentary available on YouTube by National ...
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Is this poor laboratory safety?

I'm a formulation chemist. My co-worker, is also a formulation scientist but has no previous formal training in chemical safety or lab chemistry settings. I always work in the hood unless I’m just ...
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Safest way to conduct a reaction with bromine under reflux conditions

I am conducting an electrophilic aromatic bromination reaction according to literature. The substrate and intended substitution pattern do not matter, but the reported procedure requires the dropwise ...
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What is the size in m³ of a toxic benzene cloud when if 20.000 kg liquid benzene would vaporize?

Benzene is carcinogen, The short term exposure limit for airborne benzene is 5 ppm for 15 minutes see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene#Benzene_exposure_limits I would like to know which volume of ...
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Why can radioactive contamination be spread by people?

So I am reading a book called "Voices from Chernobyl" where witnesses, nuclear plant workers, firefighters and other persons involved in the 1986 accident give testimony of their experiences....
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How does ammonium nitrate explode on its own?

I thought ammonium nitrate was an oxidizer that needed to be mixed with fuel to form a high explosive (e.g., ANFO). But apparently there have been accidental explosions involving just the "...
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Determination of percentage of Methanol in an Alcohol based hand sanitiser [closed]

Note: I am looking for advice on a chemical test - not a sermon. I expect that this is entirely on topic in this forum, downvotes and sermon comment notwithstanding. More than about 5% of Methanol in ...
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How do you purify gases formed in electrolysis with a potassium hydroxide electrolyte?

I am interested in the $\ce{KOH}$ vapor that is released with my gasses during electrolysis. I have two questions. What would be the best place to start research on the $\ce{KOH}$ vapor produced in ...
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Laboratory setup for the distillation of sulfuric acid

Purification of Laboratory Chemicals, 5th Edition, by Armarego, reads (p. 53): Reagents such as water, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, perchloric acid, and sulfuric acid can be purified via ...
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What is the safe level of energy output for hydrogen combustion at home?

With confinement, my son would like to do some home experiments for a class. So far, he has a good setup that seems sound for the electrolysis of water. A later part of the experiment would combine ...
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can i use an isobutane stove (like jetboil) or butane blowtorch with borosilicate glass?

I don't have a bunsen burner, but have a camping stove (similar to https://www.amazon.com/Stansport-183-B-Isobutane-Backpack-Stove/dp/B004EPWM5S) and a blow torch. I'd like to do some distillation ...
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316 stainless steel and high concentration, high temperature Hydrogen Peroxide

I'm looking at doing some experiments with small scale rocketry and I need to find the right materials for this project, where I will be burning through lots of HTC (peroxide above 90% concentration). ...
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Spraying difluoroethane into an enclosed space

I'm working on developing physics lab activities that my students can do at home during the covid quarantines. For an activity involving waves and thermodynamics, I came up with an experiment at home ...
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Treating styrene in the atmosphere

I was actually inspired to ask this question in certain circumstances. In the outskirts of my city, there happened to be a styrene gas leak early morning today which killed thirteen and hospitalized ...
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How much time liquid mercury takes to evaporate?

I asked before about a thermometer that I broke yesterday. To summarize, I broke a mercury thermometer in my bedroom, which is a place where is difficult to have sure that I get rid of all mercury, ...
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cheap anti-fog agent!

What are some safe and widely available alternatives to specifically formulated anti-fog sprays/treatments? Specifically for use on glasses, goggles, and face shields.

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