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With more than 100,000 safety and industrial products available, you'll find everything you need to help boost productivity, improve worker safety and avoid costly OSHA fines.

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  Lab Safety Supply Safety Supplies Catalog Safety Supplies Catalog:
Lab Safety Supply's new Safety Supplies catalog offers more products for head-to-toe protection than any other source. It's a one-stop safety shop, offering everything from fall protection, protective clothing and hearing protection to labware, biosafety, first aid, labels and more. Prices on the most popular safety products have been lowered to give customers the best prices on items they use every day. All of the prices in the catalog are guaranteed through Dec. 31, 2002-the whole year-so there will be no mid-year price increases or surprise invoices for you.
  Lab Safety Supply Material Direct Catalog Material Handling Catalog:
You need to move, stack, store, ship and organize everything in your workplace. The Material Handling catalog will help you do all of it. The catalog includes a wide selection of carts, bins, shelving, cabinets and other material handling equipment, plus office furniture and more.
  Lab Safety Supply Maintenance Direct Catalog Maintenance Direct® Catalog:
You use maintenance equipment every day and the Maintenance Direct® catalog is packed with useful products: tools, electrical supplies, paints, abrasives, janitorial supplies, grounds maintenance, storage systems and more.
  Lab Safety Supply Signs and Labels Catalog

Signs & Labels Direct® Catalog:
A fresh selection of office signs highlights the additions made in Lab Safety Supply's new Signs & Labels Direct® catalog. They add to the already extensive range of signs, tapes, labels and other identification and training supplies that can be found inside the 250+ page catalog. There are identification products for warehouses, manufacturing and maintenance areas and any other space found in today's workplace.


Spill Cleanup Direct® Catalog:
Lab Safety Supply's new Spill Cleanup Direct® catalog offers a newly expanded selection of spill control and cleanup products. Inside, there's a wide offering of sorbents, booms, pads, mats, kits and more. That means customers can get it all-everyday maintenance items or more specialized spill cleanup equipment-inside the pages of this easy-to-use 276-page catalog.


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  • Federal Register Weekly Update does the research for you! They will be updating this area weekly and will include summaries and links to the full text of each regulation listed.

  • Look at EZ Facts®, for specific, accurate safety information, select from a list of more than 115 articles on safety regulations, equipment and procedures.

  • The TECHlines® newsletter keeps you up-to-date on occupational and environmental safety and health issues including regulations.

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  • Check out their Safety Links for more Safety and Science related information on the Net!

  • Safety FAQ of the Month lists commonly asked questions, compiled by the technical staff, regarding a variety of safety issues.

  • Free Resource Guides provide information to help you run your next safety meeting.  Use the PDFs as handouts for your staff.

  • Safety at Home gives practical information and discusses how safety affects all of our lives, even at home.


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Sorbent Forms

Booms are cylindrical and vary in length and width. Booms are used to control and contain spills. Some booms are made to be used to contain spills on water, and can be connected together and deployed onto the water as a large spill barrier.

Socks or mini booms are cylindrical and vary in length and width. This form of sorbent is typically used in facility spill response or maintenance applications. Socks can be used to contain spills or placed around machinery or other equipment to contain leaks.

Pillows are rectangular and filled with sorbent media. They're used to clean up medium-sized spills. Place pillows under drip pans to eliminate overflow problems, or use as a precaution for a possible spill when transferring liquids.

Pads and rolls are flat sorbent sheets available in unperforated rolls, perforated rolls or manufactured to a specific size, up to 300 feet long. Pads can be used to line shelves, catch leaks under machinery and clean up spills. Rolls can be cut to specific lengths for larger applications.

Loose sorbents are composed of sorbent media that is not contained in any type of pillow or mesh. Application of loose sorbents depends on the type of sorbent media used. Loose sorbents are typically used on small spills.

Sorbent Categories

The three categories of sorbents are: universal, petroleum and maintenance. These categories are made up of several different sorbent materials, including synthetics such as polypropylene; inorganic materials, such as expanded silicates and clay; and organic materials, such as cellulose and wood fibers.

Universal sorbents are designed to absorb any liquid. They will absorb aggressive liquids, such as acids and bases, as well as non aggressive liquids and solvents, such as cleaners, water-based fluids, gasoline and alcohols. Universal sorbents are made of polypropylene or expanded silicate materials.

Note: When cleaning up hydrofluoric acid, do not use an expanded silicate absorbent, as the expanded silicate material will react with the hydrofluoric acid. Instead, use a sorbent made of polypropylene.

Petroleum sorbents or "oil-only sorbents" are designed for absorption of oil and/or petroleum-based liquids. These sorbents are hydrophobic, which means they will not absorb water or water-based liquids. These can be deployed on water surfaces for emergency cleanup of spills, or used in maintenance applications for hydraulic and engine oil cleanup. Petroleum sorbents are made of polypropylene or treated cellulose.

Maintenance sorbents absorb non aggressive liquids commonly found in manufacturing/maintenance operations. Examples of these liquids include coolants, lubricants, oils and cutting fluids. Maintenance sorbents will pick up water-based as well as oil-based fluids. These sorbents are typically made of recycled materials, such as cotton, wool, cellulose or corn cob. They can also be made of polypropylene, or a combination of the materials listed above.

Sorbent Capacity

Sorbent capacity can be listed by the amount of weight it will absorb in relation to itself ("Absorbs 12 times its weight.") or by its liquid capacity ("Absorbs 8 gallons."). For example, if a boom weighs one pound and absorbs 12 times its weight, it will absorb 12 pounds of fluid. However, since all liquids don't weigh the same per gallon, the weight capacity of the sorbent actually varies from liquid to liquid. So perhaps a more accurate way to assess sorbent capacity is by how many gallons it will absorb, or its liquid capacity. This amount will remain fairly static, regardless of the fluid weight. A boom that's 4' long and 3" inches in diameter will typically absorb 1 to 11/4 gallons of liquid. A pad that measures 16" x 20" and is 3/16" thick will absorb 28–32  fluid ounces. (Both of these examples are for polypropylene sorbents. Other materials may have different sorbent capacities.)

Sources For More Information

29 CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response

Emergency Spill Response Pocket Guide, Lab Safety Supply Product Number 26221

Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.

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