Handling Pyrophoric Materials

Course Description

This video and guide provides valuable information on the safe use of pyrophoric chemicals in a research laboratory. It is intended to promote laboratory safety. It is intended to be a part of a comprehensive laboratory safety program that includes, but is not limited to, direct hands on instruction and supervision by an expert in the field. All procedures and controls must be reviewed and approved by your supervisor and institution. By use of this video, you acknowledge and agree to hold harmless Dartmouth College, its Trustees, officers and employees, from any liability, loss, injury or damage arising in any way from the use of this video. This video and guide is provided without warranties of any kind, express and implied, including, but not limited to, warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

Pyrophoric chemicals like butyl lithium are essential to synthetic chemists but these highly reactive materials can ignite on contact with air or water. Before beginning lab work you must be trained and gain experience working with hazardous materials. Training should include observation and direct supervision by a subject matter expert. Develop and review operating procedures, review literature references and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) prior to starting high-risk work.

Contents of this program:

  • Identification and Storage
  • Laboratory set up
  • Emergency equipment
  • Protective clothing
  • Handling procedures
  • Emergency considerations
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