What are pyrophoric materials?
Pyrophorics are materials that will ignite spontaneously in air. The flame is often invisible.
How should I handle pyrophoric materials?
- Never work alone
- Solids must be transferred in inert atmospheres
- Liquids should be stored in sealed containers with PTFE-lined septa to prevent air exposure.
- Handling of liquid pyrophorics must be conducted via cannula or syringe transfer to prevent exposure to air if not manipulated within an inert atmosphere
- Do not let the pyrophoric material come in contact with any combustible materials, including paper products
- Needles should be equipped with locking mechanisms to prevent accidental disconnection and release of reagents
- Use a shield or hood with the sash at the lowest possible height whenever possible
What are some examples of pyrophoric materials?