Working with Oxidizing Liquids and Solids (Part 2)
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Removing airborne oxidizing materials greatly reduces the risks and hazards in your work area. The type of ventilation is usually determined by factors such as the size and layout of an area, the amount of material in that area, or the type of job the material is being used for.
The use of organic materials such as wood should never be done for systems involving oxidizing materials. Ignition sources and incompatible substances should be far away as possible from the area. Materials used for the system must also be corrosion-resistant for corrosive substances and should also be non combustible.
Safe Storage for Oxidizing Materials
Always store oxidizing materials based on the occupational health and safety regulations and fire building codes applicable to your workplace.
Inspecting all incoming containers allows you to assess any damages or improper labelling that may have been incurred. Always protect the containers from banging or physical damage.
It is also good practice to mark the containers on the day they were received and when it was first opened or used. Oxidizing materials opened have to be kept closed when not in use to avoid contamination of the material or evaporation of solvents.
Always have special vented caps or covers for special oxidizing agents. Properly vented caps prevent the build up of pressure inside the containers.
Always keep vented containers upright and never stack them on top of each other.