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Working with Highly Reactive or Explosive Chemicals

Janet Cornett June 30, 2018 0

Reactive and explosive chemicals can cause serious injuries and even death if they are not handled with care. Special safety measures and handling procedures should be followed by all personnel who handle reactive materials on a work site. Here are some of those measures in detail:

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Reactive and explosive chemicals can cause serious injuries and even death if they are not handled with care. Special safety measures and handling procedures should be followed by all personnel who handle reactive materials on a work site. Here are some of those measures in detail:

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Workers and lab visitors should wear safety goggles or side shields when they are handling explosive materials.
  • Full length shields should protect the face and throat.
  • Extra shielding around the throat should be present to protect the jugular.
  • Special care should be taken during the handling of synthesis systems which may be explosive and when bench shields are being moved.

Explosive and liquid gases

  • Liquid gases are highly flammable since the substance they are made of is highly concentrated. Liquified air for example is as dangerous as liquid oxygen since it leaves behind a concentrated form of oxygen after it burns away. These substances should be covered to prevent this from happening.

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  • Adequate venting solutions are necessary in a closed system which contains liquefied gas. This can prevent dangerous buildup levels. If the substance is flammable such as hydrogen, the buildup can lead to an explosive environment.
  • All gases should be stored in special areas which can prevent them from being exposed to heat. Most gases get volatile when they are exposed to a heat source and many explode on contact.

Hydrogenation reactions

  • Hydrogenation reactions that are carried out at pressures above 1 atm should be observed closely and constantly.
  • Make sure that the equipment being used to contain the process is appropriate.
  • The operating procedures of the apparatus being used should be reviewed beforehand

To prevent serious injuries in workplaces that contain hazardous substances, you need to pay special attention to detail. Proper training can ensure your workers remain unharmed.

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Sources

https://nau.edu/uploadedFiles/Administrative/Research/Compliance/_Forms/Chemical_Safety/P21-Working-with-Highly-Reactive-Explosive-Chemicals.pdf

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