STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE 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.