Spill of Chemical During Receiving Process
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Safeguards and Security, Transportation and Packaging

When a cardboard carton, containing six 2.5 liter bottles of Lithium Chloride solution was lifted by an employee, the bottom opened and one of the 2.5 liter bottles in the box fell and broke. The pH of the liquid was 0 (highly acidic). The label on the box indicated it was 10 Molar 6LiCl and shipped from the National Institute of Science and Technology. There were no other DOT markings or labels on the box.
Lessons Learned: The receipt of chemicals, not procured from a commercial vendor, can challenge multiple safety aspects if not identified as a chemical by the user. The highly complex system for shipping chemicals must be performed by well-trained, qualified personnel at both the shipping and receiving facilities.

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