ARLINGTON, VA, June 15, 2010 -- The Chlorine Institute Inc. (CI), has introduced a new wall chart as a general reference to promote safe handing of sodium hypochlorite, which is frequently called bleach.
The 24-by-36-inch, full-color "Handling Sodium Hypochlorite" chart should be posted anywhere sodium hypochlorite is handled as a supplement to employee training, said Shane Fast, CI vice president of emergency preparedness and product stewardship. Key industrial uses for sodium hypochlorite include disinfection in the food- and beverage-processing and related industries, and drinking and wastewater treatment. In household form, it is used for laundry stain removal and general disinfection.
Chart sections cover:
• Chemistry and physical properties of sodium hypochlorite, including ways to express sodium hypochlorite solution strengths;
• Emergency procedures, including spill response and containments, recovery, disposal/neutralization, and personal protective equipment;
• Safe handling, including precautions, storage containers, valves, pumps, bulk handling, and non-bulk containers;
• Avoid incompatible materials, including acids, ammonia compounds, organics, metals, peroxides, reducing agents, and oxidizing agents, and
• First aid, including eye contact, skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion.
The "Handling Sodium Hypochlorite" wall chart may be purchased for $20 through the CI "Bookstore" at www.chlorineinstitute.org. Several "Free Titles About Sodium Hypochlorite Safety" also may be ordered via the "Bookstore."
About the Chlorine Institute
Arlington, Va.-based Chlorine Institute Inc., is a trade association supporting the North American and global chlor-alkali industry by fostering continuous improvements to safety, security, and the protection of human health and the environment connected with the production, distribution and use of chlorine and other chlor-alkali mission chemicals. The Institute provides numerous technical publications that can be freely downloaded from our website (www.chlorineinstitute.org) to assist members and non-members to more safely and securely handle our mission chemicals.