Safely Handling Solder
Solders may be used by the artist for many different applications, such as jewelry and stained glass operations. Solders may be used by the multi-media artist in electronic installations. Certain solders may contain heavy metals, such as lead, cadmium, tin, and antimony. Additionally, rosin core solders are manufactured out of pine sap.
Heavy metal solders, most notably lead based solders, may be considered hazardous wastes and must be properly disposed of. This includes any scrap or unused solder. An SDS must be kept for each different type of solder used in the studio. The material must be placed in a properly labeled container with the name of the material clearly written on a hazardous waste label. Waste material will need to be disposed of properly through EH&S through the chemical/hazardous waste pickup form. Please refer to our hazardous waste guidelines, the 5Ls, for further guidance. If you have specific questions as to how to dispose of your dye materials, please consult your Safety Coordinator or Environmental Health & Safety at x4-8749.