Working with Oxidizing Liquids and Solids (Part 1)

Working with oxidizing liquids and solids can be very hazardous when the said chemicals are not handled or processed properly. It is only fitting to discuss this in detail to properly understand the factors that must be considered. This is first part of a series of discussions that will be tackled in this page.

In working with oxidizing liquids or solids, it is always the safest precaution to find a good substitute or less powerful oxidizing material to use. Proper information involving in-depth research on the involved chemical has to be done in order to know more regarding the potential hazards of a certain substance or chemical. Learning to work with the chemical safely and the safest processes involved in working with the chemical lessens the risks and dangers in handling, transportation, and processing of the chemical.

If a suitable substitute for the chemical or compound is not found, sometimes the only remaining logical thing to do is to modify the processes involved in either the handling, storage, or use of the chemical or substance.

The most common step done is by reducing dust levels in the area where the chemical is stored or used. This greatly lowers the chances of having an accidental spark. Using solutions of a chemical instead of dry or solid form of the substance does that.

Another solution is by diluting the substance involved with water to lessen the power or effectivity of the substance.

Installing added alarms that would indicate equipment failure or high temperatures and pressures also ensures that auto shut off devices would be triggered in such instances.