What are unstable chemicals?
Unstable or self-reactive substances are chemicals which have the potential to vigorously polymerize, decompose, condense, or become self-reactive under conditions of shock, pressure, temperature, light, or contact with another material. Major types of highly reactive chemicals are explosives, peroxides, water-reactives, and pyrophorics.
What should I do when handling unstable chemicals?
- Always wear safety goggles, closed toe shoes, and gloves
- Handle under a hood if the reaction has the potential of creating gases
- If there is a chance of explosion, use barriers or other forms of isolation methods
- For some heat sensitive materials, temperature should be controlled.
- Date all containers when received or opened
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