Organic Peroxides: Safe Working Practices
Organic peroxides are a group of carbon based compounds that contain two oxygen atoms joined together. The double oxygen makes them incredibly useful but also incredibly dangerous if not handled and stored correctly.
Following recommended guidance on storing organic peroxides can reduce the number of fires or explosions that are associated with thermally unstable compounds.
Below we provide guidance on safe working practises when dealing with them.
Best Practise Methods
- Separately list all of the organic peroxide materials you use within your organisation
- Provide staff with access to the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for all of the organic peroxides stored and used on site
- Check the reactivity data and storage requirements sections of the SDS for details of incompatible issues
- Ensure relevant members of staff understand all of the hazards (fire/explosion, health, corrosiveness, chemical reactivity) of the materials used
- Create a response plan so staff know how to handle emergencies (fires, spills, personal injury) involving the organic peroxides you work with
- Wear the appropriate level of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Practice good housekeeping, personal cleanliness and equipment maintenance
- Follow the health and safety guidance as applicable to your role