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Tetrahydrofuran Storage

- Jan 06, 2018 -

Tetrahydrofuran(THF) is a flammable, colorless, organic liquid with an ether-like odor with a low viscosity. The highly flammable chemical is used as a monomer for natural and synthetic resins as well as a solvent, in manufacturing processes, for a wide variety of different industrial and consumer products.

Tetrahydrofuran(THF) is used as a solvent for many different applications including adhesives, PVC cements, vinyl films, pharmaceuticals, resins, coatings, and printing inks.

Adhesives: used as an industrial solvent to join materials including plastics and compounded cements. THF provides a low viscosity rate and a quick solvent reaction for resin solutions.

PVC cements: THF can be combined with other solvents adn inorganic fillers to control set time for PVC cements. Also used as a PVC cleaner.

Vinyl films: THF is used as a solent for decreased viscosity build up when working with resins for vinyl films and coated cellophane formation.

Pharmaceuticals: Hghtly used in pharmaceutical industry because of the chemical's solvency for polar and non-polar compounds. THF has a high reaction rate and a high purity rate which eliminates residues to the final product.

Storage and handling:

Tetrahydrofuran inventory must be stored in a completely sealed, cool,well-ventilated storage buidling. THF must be stored separate from oxidizing agents, lithium,aluminum, strong acids, and strong bases. Avoid storing tetrahydrofuran chemical storage near ignition sources including heat, and direct sunlight. Utilize explosion proof safety accessories including explosion proof relief panels, lighting, outles, mechanical ventilation, cooling systems and electrical fixtures.

Containers being used to transfer the flammable chemical should be grounded and bonded to avoid hazardous situations. When opening or closing containers use non-sparking hardware.

When handling THF, solvent resistant protective gear should be worn at all times; including gloves, suits,footwear and protective headgear. Use indirect-vent, splash resistant goggles along with face shield when working with THF.

Utilize an approved face piece respirator with an organic vapor cartridge when working with toxic chemicals such as THF. It is necessary to use an approved respirator to avoid any type of respiratory damage. Other respirators or contained breathing devices may be used depending on the chemical environment.