Bulging Hazardous Waste Drum Discovered in Waste Area
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (LANL)

Published As:  Public

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Topics:  Chemical Safety, Waste Management

Waste drums have the potential to pressurize, particularly if they contain an unusual proportion of chemicals. Organizations using mixtures of Castrol Hysol AM and water in waste drums should take precautions against drum pressurization. During previous clean outs, buckets of water were used to clean out the wet separator. In the last clean out a hose was used to clean out the wet separator resulting in the use of more water than the past. It is speculated that the additional water used significantly changed the water to Hysol AM ratio enough that the diluted mixture produced gas.

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