Background info for Handling Chemicals
In the Hazards and Remedial Measures tabs, the Handling section gives the general precautions to be taken in each case with advice on glove type, eye protection needed and if fume cupboards should be used. If quantities are smaller, or made up in dilute solutions, then lesser precautions are suitable.
More tailored advice on handling for specific experimental procedures is given in the Uses and Control Measures page for each chemical.
Fire fighting measures – types of fire extinguisher to use (FF) – F (foam), CO2 (carbon dioxide), VL (vaporising liquid), WS (water spray), DP (dry powder), S (sand). See also Equipment & Extinguishing agents – Fire safety.
Glove type – gives a material appropriate to handling the pure chemical or concentrated solutions. In Uses and Control Measures glove materials are sometimes left unspecified, the reason being that the particular application uses dilute solutions or the risk of a small splash is very slight.
Eye protection – see Personal Protective Equipment – Eye Protection and Topics in Safety (ASE) for a more detailed treatment of the subject. For most operations spectacles which meet the appropriate BS EN 166 standard or the corresponding older category, BS2092:2 (or 1), are adequate. However when handling corrosive substances goggles to BS EN 166.3 or to the older British Standard BS2092:2 (or 1)C should be worn. Teachers and technicians making up dilute solutions from concentrated corrosive solutions or decanting the same from bulk should wear face shields.
See the other pages in this section for more comprehensive background info on Handling chemicals.