Having been classified among Class 1B flammable liquids, Butyl Acetate should be handled and stored carefully. Containers are suggested to store under cool, dry and well ventilated storage area. Moreover, containers should not directly expose to sunlight and strong chemicals like nitrates, oxidizers, alkalies, open ignition sources and heat sparks. Ideally, storage drums should contain valves, flame arrester and pressure vacuum bungs.
General precaution for safe handling
Individuals using this hydrocarbon on industrial scale are more susceptible to its accidental exposure. It is suggested to wear protective clothing during your stay in the working facility. Also wear protective mask to avoid inhalation of vapours while breathing. Always wash your hands thoroughly. Most importantly, don’t use in closed or less ventilated areas. Completely avoid contacting with eyes and skin. Whereas, never use near naked flame. Always extinguish and remove all kinds of ignition sources to avoid fire. All electrical equipment in the working area should be grounded to avoid sparks. Prevent splashes and never use compressed air to fill and empty storage containers.
How to transfer product safely?
Electrostatic charges can produce, during transferring product from one container to another. This can further cause fire, which is very explosive. Proper earthing of all apparatus is necessary to avoid electrostatic charges. Maintaining uniform velocity during the whole process of transfer can also reduce the production of electrostatic charges.
General precaution for safe Storage
When bulk quantities stored, containers must be enclosed insufficiently ventilated area far away from all kind of heat and ignition sources. Never store at extreme temperatures. It should be maintained at ambient levels.
Choose the right material for storage container
Container material matters a lot, when it comes to storing flammable organic solvents. Carbon steel and stainless steel are ideal material for container and container linings. Whereas, epoxy paints and zinc silicate paints are best for painting outer sides of vessels. Furthermore, all types of natural, butyl and Nitrile rubbers are not recommended while storing Butyl Acetate.
Organic solvents are usually highly volatile and flammable. Manufacturers producing such chemicals, especially butyl acetate production facilities must consider these safety guidelines to enhance workplace security.