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Thus, if you plan to add acetic acid to chromic oxide, nitric acid, perchloric acid,
potassium permanganate, or some other oxidizing agent as part of an experimental
procedure, you can learn from the MSDSs for the acetic acid and other chemicals you
plan to use that the reaction will be vigorous; if the quantities are not minimized, the
vigor of the reaction could be disastrous. You could discover that you shouldn’t mix a
waste containing acetic acid with a waste containing nitric acid. If you had to bring
together acetic acid and any one or more of its incompatible compounds, you now
know that it would be important to carefully control experimental conditions. With
respect to safe storage, you learn from the reactivity section that acetic acid should
not be stored near chromic oxide, nitric acid, perchloric acid, potassium permanganate, or any other oxidizing agent.
Another example: differing solubilities in water. Which chemicals are soluble in
water? All nitrates, but only some chlorides and sulfides. Some of the insoluble chlorides are slightly soluble in warm water, others are not. The solubility of some sulfides
varies depending on the pH. Knowledge of differing solubilities in water and other
solvents is useful to analytical chemists.
Some salts are neutral, others are acidic or basic. Look for these details and others
in the MSDSs for the chemicals you use. The properties of chemicals are unique and
differ for many reasons. Remembering these reasons is useful to serious students of
Classifying Hazardous Chemicals
There are millions of individual chemicals, and each has its own hazardous character20 students short index 1/15/03 12:45 PM Page 21 istics. If you intend to prevent accidents when working with chemicals in the laboratory, then you need to know the hazardous characteristics of the chemicals with
which you will work. As a student, you will work with several dozen or more chemicals. How can you be expected to...
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