Tuesday, 7 February 2012

The Seven Dwarves and Snow White

At my place of work (did I mention I'm an analytical chemist?) we make two primary products, both of them white powders. There's zeolite, which is a crystalline structure made from sodium, aluminium and silicon, used in laundry powder. Then there's FPH, which is aluminium hydrate, and is used as cable insulation. Due to the sort of mixups that happen on an industrial site, we occasionally lose track of what's what.

A few days ago, I was handed samples from seven bags, none of which had labels. 'They're all rubbish', I was told, 'but we need to know what's in them to know where they go'. Okay - no problem.