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Introduction!!! (Hello Y'all!!!)

Sgt HAZMAT - 20-4-2005 at 02:08

Hello, My name is John and I am a HAZMAT & safety manager. I am not however a Chemist (Dont even play one on tv.) but I get a lot of questions on chemistry issues.

In looking around the web I found your site and would like to offer my help (limited) and learn from your knowledge (looks to me to be UN-limited.) Anyway thanks for viewing and I look forward to getting to know you!!!

Saerynide - 20-4-2005 at 02:16

What's it like to be a hazmat manager?

Silentnite - 20-4-2005 at 14:37

"Uh, is it safe to stick my head in this vat of boiling acid??"

"That would normally be a no, but do a service to the human race and go for it."
"I spilled Mercury, should I clean it with a rag?"
"Can I mix these three chemicals together in order to produce a super chemical that cleans really good?"

I could just be guessing, but I think that's what a hazmat manager deals with. It sounds like tech support, but with chemicals.

uber luminal - 20-4-2005 at 14:45

I imagine a Hazmat crew doesnt get asked silly questions. Its probably more like... Uh There was an accident in the chemical store-room...

cyclonite4 - 21-4-2005 at 01:20

Yeah, and if you read his other thread he is also responsible for (safe) disposal of chemicals.

BTW, the last question there Silentnite, reminds me of something I read about mixing ammonia with hypochlorite bleach. Unlike most would believe, forming a super-cleaner, it forms chloramine (gas IIRC), which is something you'd want to avoid :D.

[Edited on 21-4-2005 by cyclonite4]

runlabrun - 21-4-2005 at 02:51

what? the spill in the chem store room....? yeh.... funny story bout that....
Well it seems to be the position of a walkin talkin MSDS enforcer. To my understanding of this and the other thread.


sparkgap - 21-4-2005 at 02:56

"...walkin talkin MSDS enforcer..."


If so, we should be offering him creative suggestions on how to handle industrial waste. :) MSDSs usually give procedures only for small-scale messes.

sparky (^_^)

P.S. Wait a minute, don't we have a disclaimer of some sort running along the lines of "we are not responsible for any damages resulting from performing the procedures mentioned in this forum"? :o

[Edited on 21-4-2005 by sparkgap]

uber luminal - 21-4-2005 at 22:33

I do have a few questions about hazwaste actualy...

i have a garbage bag full of silver cyanide, a chrome salt and a nickle salt. Someone from years back left this present for me to find. I guess the story goes that the personel didnt want to deal with ES&H chewing them out, so they just left the bag partialy labled under a sink.

Now its my turn... I want to get rid of it. But I dont want to just throw it in the trash.(I would feel guilty... that and if the current ESHA found out, my ass would be chewed.

2nd question. I have 23 kg of Sn62-Pb38 solder. Again, I would face fines by the current ESHA regulations (since it contains lead.) if I threw it out. How should I dispose of it?

JohnWW - 21-4-2005 at 22:52

That is much too valuable to simply "throw out". Try selling the 23 kg of solder, e.g. by advertizing in your local newspaper, or through Ebay.

cyclonite4 - 22-4-2005 at 00:15

What about the silver cyanide. I know working with cyanides is dangerous, but are you sure there isn't a safe way to extract the silver?

very curious

Polverone - 22-4-2005 at 00:31

Where are you located, and is it customary for hazmat and safety managers of your locale to turn to strangers on the internet for advice on so many issues? :P

Are there any programs for waste/surplus material trading in the region where you're located? If you have hazardous yet uncontaminated chemicals to dispose of, people may be quite willing to take them for free or even pay a bit for them. That's better than converting useful hazardous chemicals into a larger quantity of useless waste. People may even be willing to accept mixed waste materials if they're valuable (like silver compounds mixed with other stuff).

mick - 22-4-2005 at 12:20

If there is a problem with cyanide, oxidise it to cyanate with hypochlorite.


And add lots of water, cyanate should be bio-degradable.

[Edited on 22-4-2005 by mick]

Silentnite - 24-4-2005 at 16:26

Where are you located, and is it customary for hazmat and safety managers of your locale to turn to strangers on the internet for advice on so many issues?

It may not be customary for him, but I for one would love it if mine did that. Knowledge should not stop after school, or, it should continue after... You know what I'm trying to say.:cool:

haz-mat, huh???

chemistkat - 12-5-2005 at 16:59

cool....sure sounds like a good place to get second hand chems.........:cool: