SOP for Neutralizing Battery Acid
Procedure for Neutralizing Battery Acid with Loose Sphag Sorb
- Absorb battery acid with Sphag Sorb (the pH could be as low as 1 at this point – the material would be considered hazardous, safety apparel should be worn when working with this material).
- Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the Sphag Sorb after absorbtion of the battery acid. Sprinkle enough to produce a 1:1 mixture. (The baking soda has a naturally high pH – between 11 – 12). The baking soda will cling to the damp Sphag Sorb, thus neutralizing the pH. The final mixture should be easy to work with for cleanup/disposal.
- Sweep Sphag Sorb and baking soda mixture up and place in containers for disposal. (The pH now should be between 5 – 9, which is nonhazardous.
* CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN MIXING ANY ACIDS AND BASES TOGETHER. SAFETY APPAREL SHOULD BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. *
Sphag Sorb can be incinerated or land filled where regulations permit. Contact local authorities for advice and instructions.