Isopropyl alcohol, more commonly known as rubbing alcohol, is a colorless household and industrial liquid, which has many uses and applications. The flammable liquid can be used as a solvent for coatings or industrial uses as well as pharmaceutical applications and most popular among disinfecting applications. Isopropyl alcohol vapor is denser than air and is a Class IB flammable liquid. Although the hazardous chemical is relatively non-toxic it evaporates quickly and when storing large quantities, fumes can build up and become dangerous. Conditions of instability when storing isopropyl alcohol consist of heat, ignition sources, flames and incompatible materials such as acids, alkalis and oxidizing agents. Isopropyl alcohol is widely used in industrial applications within the automobile industry; such as gas dryer fuel additives in order to keep water solubilized in the gasoline. Isopropyl alcohol may have toxic effects on individuals; hazardous in case of skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion. Compliant storage is necessary in order to keep a safe and protected work environment.
Storing Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl alcohol is flammable, and is defined by OSHA as a Class IB flammable liquid. It has a flashpoint at below 100°F, evaporates quickly, and is moderately combustible so a ventilation system is necessary to keep the chemical maintained. Repeated or prolonged exposure to isopropyl alcohol may result in adverse effects on bodily organs. More immediate results from exposure to the fumes of isopropyl alcohol include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat (resulting in coughing and wheezing), as well as drowsiness, dizziness, and headache, according to the Center for Disease Control. OSHA’s guidelines on workplace exposure define the legal permissible exposure limit (PEL) as 400 ppm over an 8 hour shift. Exposure to the air may result in explosive peroxides. In the event of a fire, the resulting gases are poisonous. Isopropyl alcohol should be stored in a cool, well-ventilated space, away from sunlight.
Drum Storage Solutions
Storing large quantities of chemicals call for a more sophisticated storage solution. That is why we have designed our DRUMLoc series chemical storage buildings. Our non-combustible, weatherproof construction provides superior strength and durability for your chemical storage. With 100% compliant chemical storage and 100% customizability, our DRUMLoc chemical storage buildings offer a safe and protected way to store drum containers with a wide variety of accessories to fit your exact specifications. Our drum storage buildings are constructed with a built-in secondary containment sump to catch chemicals, should a leak occur. Using our DRUMLoc series storage buildings give you the ability to store your isopropyl alcohol drum containers at a safe distance to your operational facility creating a more efficient and effective chain.
The Class B explosion proof mechanical vent is designed to be used with Class B chemicals such as Isopropyl Alcohol; as well as flammable liquids, oils, greases, tars, oil-based paints and flammable gases. In order to maintain a safe work environment, the class B mechanical vent will perform at a rate not less than 1 ft3/min/ft2 with a minimum of 6 air changes per hour. The class B vent is also explosion proof, meaning that the motor of the ventilation system is isolated from any contaminant in the chemical storage building to prevent an explosion if a mechanical failure were to occur.