The chemistry of osmium tetroxide is well known, and used for dihydroxylation of alkenes and other reactions. A plethora of literature is available on osmium tetroxide chemistry. I will be more worried about its toxicity than its oxidizing properties during any manipulation.
is and has an (PEL) of 0.002 mg/m .
Tilak Chandra, Ph.D..
Chemical Safety Specialist
“--our job in safety is to make the task happen, SAFELY; not to interfere with the work…” Neal Langerman
I’m currently working on Chemical SOPs.
While working on Osmium Tetroxide I’ve been looking at other SOP’s from other Colleges/Universities and many say it is a strong oxidizer. Which makes sense but when you look at the SDS sheets and in particular the GHS for this chemical; oxidizer isn’t listed as a hazard. I’m looking at it in a solution and by itself (100%) and still no oxidizer warning.
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Jeffrey R. Cogswell, Ph.D.
Chemical Inventory and Laboratory Resource Center Technician, EHS
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Hanover, New Hampshire 03755
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