Guidelines for Safe Storage and Handling of Reactive Materials

September, 1995

With new and growing interest in dealing with the hazards of reactive chemicals, this book offers guidelines that can significantly reduce the risk or mitigate the severity of accidents associated with storing and handling reactive materials. Necessary elements of a reliable system to prevent equipment or human failures that might lead to a reactive chemical incident are sound and responsible management policies, together with a combination of superior siting, design, fabrication, erection, inspection, monitoring, maintenance, operations and maintenance of facilities. These Guidelines deal with all of these elements with emphasis on design considerations.

Errata for Guidelines for Safe Storage and Handling of Reactive Materials (1995)

Page 7: Second equation.  Arrhenius frequency factor A is missing and activation energy Ea is not capitalized; should be kT = A e -Ea/RT.

Page 117: Third paragraph.  (typically an increase of 5198C) should be (typically an increase of 5°C).
Page 120: Text is ambiguous as to whether Equation 4.2 presents the isothermal expansion case or the thermodynamic availability approach.  Equation 4.2 as presented gives the isothermal expansion case.  The thermodynamic availability approach has a correction term, representing the loss of energy as a result of the second law of thermodynamics, which would render Equation 4.2 as E = PV [ ln (P/Ps) - (1 - (Ps/P)) ] for the thermodynamic availability case.