How to Dispose of Iodine Monochloride

How to Dispose of Iodine Monochloride

Safe disposal of chemicals is critical when you're running experiments in the lab or at home. Iodine monochloride (ICI) is a dark, red-black chemical compound, also known as WIJS solution. It reacts with water to make hazardous fumes and it's corrosive so you'll need to take extra safety precautions when you handle iodine monochloride. To get rid of an ICI solution, pour it in your lab's waste container or contact your local waste management facility.

Method 1 of 3:
Safely Disposing of Iodine Monochloride Solutions

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Find a hazardous waste facility in your area. Do a web search or call your city government to learn about hazardous waste disposal options. If you're disposing of a small amount of iodine monochloride (ICI) from your home lab, contact your waste management company to ask about their hazardous waste policies. [1] X Trustworthy Source United States Environmental Protection Agency Independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting safe environmental practices Go to source If you're disposing of iodine monochloride in a lab setting, follow your lab's waste protocols.
2
Don't pour iodine monochloride solutions down the drain. When iodine monochloride reacts with water it releases toxic gas. It can also damage wildlife once the solution is released into the sewer system, so never pour the chemical compound down the drain. [2] X Research source The acetic acid in the iodine monochloride is particularly harmful to fish.
3
Pour the iodine monochloride into an airtight plastic container. If you're disposing of ICI in a lab, look for the hazardous liquids container in the designated waste area and pour it into the container. To dispose of ICI at home, work in a well-ventilated space and pour your solution into a plastic airtight container that you only use for chemical disposal. Then, seal the container shut. [3] X Research source Label the outside of the container so no one accidentally opens it.
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Store the container in a cool, dry space. Keep your iodine monochloride container away from heat and moisture until you can take it to a waste management facility or get it picked up. [4] X Research source Iodine monochloride is corrosive, so don't put it into a metal container. Most lab waste areas are ventilated and the containers are separated to prevent dangerous reactions.
5
Take the container to a waste management facility. Call your waste management company and ask their policy about hazardous waste. If you've stored it properly, they might tell you to toss it into you household trash for pick up or they may ask you to bring it to their designated hazardous waste facility. [5] X Trustworthy Source United States Environmental Protection Agency Independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting safe environmental practices Go to source In many cases, you'll have to make an appointment to drop off the iodine monochloride. If you drive the container to a site, place it into a box so the container doesn't tip over as you drive.
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Method 2 of 3:
Working Safely Around Iodine Monochloride

1
Wear long-sleeved clothing or a lab coat to protect your skin. Prevent iodine monochloride from coming into contact with your skin by wearing long pants, long shirts, and covered-toe shoes. If you're in a lab, wear your lab coat and button it to the top for the most coverage. [6] X Research source If you have long hair, tie it back so it doesn't fall into chemical solutions or get caught on equipment.
2
Put on safety goggles or a face shield to protect your eyes. For the most protection, choose a face shield or goggles that have side shields. Either of these will prevent iodine monochloride from splashing into your eyes. [7] X Research source If you wear glasses and contacts, choose glasses when you work with iodine monochloride. If you wear contacts and get ICI into your eyes, it's harder to flush the chemical out of your eyes.
3
Choose chemical-resistant gloves to keep your hands safe from iodine monochloride. Chemical-resistant gloves are thicker to protect against chemical corrosion. Put these on before you work with or dispose of the iodine monochloride. [8] X Research source Use gloves that you're comfortable working with. If they're too thick and you have trouble gripping things, you may have a hard time safely handling the solution.
4
Don't eat or drink around iodine monochloride. Keep food and drink out of your lab or workspace so you don't accidentally ingest iodine monochloride. Because ICI is flammable, don't smoke around it either. [9] X Research source Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after handling iodine monochloride, especially before eating.
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Method 3 of 3:
Handling Spills and Giving First Aid

1
Soak up spilled solution and put it into the proper waste storage container. If there's been an accident in the lab and iodine monochloride is on the floor or work table, place absorbent material on the liquid. The lab should have inert absorbent material like vermiculite, clay, sand, or pads. Then, put the material into the lab's hazardous waste container. [10] X Research source Remember to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before cleaning the spill.
2
Flush your eyes with water if they're exposed to iodine monochloride. If some of the solution splashes into your eyes or the vapors irritate them, immediately rinse your eyes with lots of water for at least 15 minutes. Lift your upper and lower eyelids as you rinse to completely flush your eyes. Then, get medical attention right away. [11] X Research source Iodine monochloride can make your corneas turn cloudy, which makes it difficult to see. Ask someone to take you to the hospital for medical attention. If you're wearing contacts, discard them before you rinse your eyes.
3
Remove contaminated clothes and rinse exposed skin with water. Take off clothes that have iodine monochloride solution on them. Then, get into the shower or rinse your skin with water from the sink. Flush your skin with water for 15 minutes and get medical attention to treat burns or blisters. [12] X Research source Put the contaminated clothes into a storage container and wash them thoroughly before you wear them again.
4
Drink liquids and get emergency medical attention if you ingest iodine monochloride. Don't try to vomit up the solution. Instead, drink a lot of water or milk and get to the hospital immediately. [13] X Research source It's really important to get emergency medical care since ingesting iodine monochloride can cause gastrointestinal tract burns, spasms, and circulatory problems.
5
Get fresh air and medical care if you breathe in iodine monochloride. Move away from the spilled or leaking iodine monochloride solution so you don't continue to inhale it. An iodine monochloride solution can cause an allergic respiratory reaction that makes it hard to breathe. Ask someone to get emergency medical care for you. [14] X Research source If you're caring for someone who's inhaled iodine monochloride, don't give them mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Trained medics may use a mechanical breathing device to help the person breathe.
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Method 1 of 3:
Safely Disposing of Iodine Monochloride Solutions

1
Find a hazardous waste facility in your area. Do a web search or call your city government to learn about hazardous waste disposal options. If you're disposing of a small amount of iodine monochloride (ICI) from your home lab, contact your waste management company to ask about their hazardous waste policies. [1] X Trustworthy Source United States Environmental Protection Agency Independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting safe environmental practices Go to source If you're disposing of iodine monochloride in a lab setting, follow your lab's waste protocols.
2
Don't pour iodine monochloride solutions down the drain. When iodine monochloride reacts with water it releases toxic gas. It can also damage wildlife once the solution is released into the sewer system, so never pour the chemical compound down the drain. [2] X Research source The acetic acid in the iodine monochloride is particularly harmful to fish.
3
Pour the iodine monochloride into an airtight plastic container. If you're disposing of ICI in a lab, look for the hazardous liquids container in the designated waste area and pour it into the container. To dispose of ICI at home, work in a well-ventilated space and pour your solution into a plastic airtight container that you only use for chemical disposal. Then, seal the container shut. [3] X Research source Label the outside of the container so no one accidentally opens it.
4
Store the container in a cool, dry space. Keep your iodine monochloride container away from heat and moisture until you can take it to a waste management facility or get it picked up. [4] X Research source Iodine monochloride is corrosive, so don't put it into a metal container. Most lab waste areas are ventilated and the containers are separated to prevent dangerous reactions.
5
Take the container to a waste management facility. Call your waste management company and ask their policy about hazardous waste. If you've stored it properly, they might tell you to toss it into you household trash for pick up or they may ask you to bring it to their designated hazardous waste facility. [5] X Trustworthy Source United States Environmental Protection Agency Independent U.S. government agency responsible for promoting safe environmental practices Go to source In many cases, you'll have to make an appointment to drop off the iodine monochloride. If you drive the container to a site, place it into a box so the container doesn't tip over as you drive.
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Method 2 of 3:
Working Safely Around Iodine Monochloride

1
Wear long-sleeved clothing or a lab coat to protect your skin. Prevent iodine monochloride from coming into contact with your skin by wearing long pants, long shirts, and covered-toe shoes. If you're in a lab, wear your lab coat and button it to the top for the most coverage. [6] X Research source If you have long hair, tie it back so it doesn't fall into chemical solutions or get caught on equipment.
2
Put on safety goggles or a face shield to protect your eyes. For the most protection, choose a face shield or goggles that have side shields. Either of these will prevent iodine monochloride from splashing into your eyes. [7] X Research source If you wear glasses and contacts, choose glasses when you work with iodine monochloride. If you wear contacts and get ICI into your eyes, it's harder to flush the chemical out of your eyes.
3
Choose chemical-resistant gloves to keep your hands safe from iodine monochloride. Chemical-resistant gloves are thicker to protect against chemical corrosion. Put these on before you work with or dispose of the iodine monochloride. [8] X Research source Use gloves that you're comfortable working with. If they're too thick and you have trouble gripping things, you may have a hard time safely handling the solution.
4
Don't eat or drink around iodine monochloride. Keep food and drink out of your lab or workspace so you don't accidentally ingest iodine monochloride. Because ICI is flammable, don't smoke around it either. [9] X Research source Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after handling iodine monochloride, especially before eating.
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Method 3 of 3:
Handling Spills and Giving First Aid

1
Soak up spilled solution and put it into the proper waste storage container. If there's been an accident in the lab and iodine monochloride is on the floor or work table, place absorbent material on the liquid. The lab should have inert absorbent material like vermiculite, clay, sand, or pads. Then, put the material into the lab's hazardous waste container. [10] X Research source Remember to put on personal protective equipment (PPE) before cleaning the spill.
2
Flush your eyes with water if they're exposed to iodine monochloride. If some of the solution splashes into your eyes or the vapors irritate them, immediately rinse your eyes with lots of water for at least 15 minutes. Lift your upper and lower eyelids as you rinse to completely flush your eyes. Then, get medical attention right away. [11] X Research source Iodine monochloride can make your corneas turn cloudy, which makes it difficult to see. Ask someone to take you to the hospital for medical attention. If you're wearing contacts, discard them before you rinse your eyes.
3
Remove contaminated clothes and rinse exposed skin with water. Take off clothes that have iodine monochloride solution on them. Then, get into the shower or rinse your skin with water from the sink. Flush your skin with water for 15 minutes and get medical attention to treat burns or blisters. [12] X Research source Put the contaminated clothes into a storage container and wash them thoroughly before you wear them again.
4
Drink liquids and get emergency medical attention if you ingest iodine monochloride. Don't try to vomit up the solution. Instead, drink a lot of water or milk and get to the hospital immediately. [13] X Research source It's really important to get emergency medical care since ingesting iodine monochloride can cause gastrointestinal tract burns, spasms, and circulatory problems.
5
Get fresh air and medical care if you breathe in iodine monochloride. Move away from the spilled or leaking iodine monochloride solution so you don't continue to inhale it. An iodine monochloride solution can cause an allergic respiratory reaction that makes it hard to breathe. Ask someone to get emergency medical care for you. [14] X Research source If you're caring for someone who's inhaled iodine monochloride, don't give them mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Trained medics may use a mechanical breathing device to help the person breathe.
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