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Acetonitrile might sound like a term you find in a high school chemistry book, but there’s nothing elementary about its real world implications. While its colorless composition might seem innocuous, acetonitrile carries an Ether-like odor, hinting at its toxic effects. Like other dangerous chemicals, acetonitrile is a vital precursor element in the production of everyday products, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals, batteries and rubber products. Because of its universal application, the flammable liquid is common in many industrial settings. Rubber, for example, is used in industries that specialize in automotives, bikes and cars. An overwhelmingly strong odor makes it a natural breathing hazard and even the slightest spark can turn deadly. When heated, acetonitrile gives off strong hydrogen cyanide fumes, which can be detrimental to human health.
Although stable in normal use, acetonitrile is incompatible with acids, bases, nitrating agents, oxidizers and sulfates. Because those chemicals remain prominent in any company’s stockpile, storing acetonitrile in segregated storage is paramount in maintaining order and safety on the job-site. Acetonitrile should be stored in a climate controlled and well-ventilated storage locker away from other precursor chemicals.
As the case with most volatile chemicals, acetonitrile is particularly vulnerable to light and heat exposure. Acetonitrile should be stored away from sunlight, as it could physically degrade the chemical. Because it is a Class IB Flammable Liquid, acetonitrile should be stored in an environment below 73 degrees. OSHA regulations stipulate the chemical needs to be kept in ventilated cabinets in sealed metal containers. Any of our fire-rated chemical storage lockers would make excellent accident mitigation solutions as they provide the optimal environment for safe and compliant accommodation of flammable liquids. Large roll-up doors at the front of the locker allow for the safe removal and storage of acetonitrile. Mechanical ventilation can prevent the unnecessary accumulation of airborne particles that could act as potential catalysts for fires and explosions. While small amounts of acetonitrile can be inert, larger quantities of the chemical, which is common in many factory settings, poses a fire risk. Strategically located climate control keeps flammable liquids in a stable environment, preventing fire and toxic exposure. An innovative spill sump containment system, which sits beneath the storage locker, can also prevent potential spills from escaping the locker and contaminating the environment.