Spill Clean Up

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Appropriate Absorbents for Special Spill Clean-up


Acid Chlorides

  • Use Oil-Dri, Zorb-All, or dry sand.
  • Avoid water and avoid sodium bicarbonate.

Alkali Metals (lithium, sodium, magnesium, potassium)

  • Smother with dry sand or cover with contents from a Class “D” fire extinguisher.

      Use of a Class “D” fire extinguisher is the preferred extinguishing method.

  • Avoid contact with water.

 White or Yellow Phosphorus

  • Blanket with wet sand or wet absorbent.


  • Neutralize spill with a 5% solution of sodium thiosulfate.
  • Absorb with inert absorbent material.

Hydrofluoric Acid

  • Neutralize with soda ash or lime (or absorb spill with special HF spill pillow).
  • Absorb with inert absorbent material.


Look at Mercury Clean-up Page.


Call EH&S (681-5496) and ask for assistance if you are unable to accomplish adequate clean up.