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7.1.1 General Neutralization Procedures

  • Do neutralizations in a fume hood behind a safety shield, as vapors and heat may be generated. Wear lab coat or apron, gloves and goggles. A face shield in combination with safety goggles is recommended. Please note, a face shield alone is not sufficient, safety goggles must be worn when using a face shield.
  • Keep containers cool during process, such as placing a beaker in a bucket with slushy ice. 
  • Work slowly.
  • After neutralization is complete, dispose of down the drain followed by 20 parts water to the neutralized solution. 
  • Follow the specific neutralization procedures below for the acid or base you are trying to neutralize.