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Acetone Storage Requirements

Storage unit for flammable liquids

What is Acetone?

Acetone is a colorless, flammable and mobile liquid that has a distinct pungent odor to it. It evaporates easily, and dissolves in water. Widely used as an important cleaning substance for laboratories, medical and cosmetic applications, component in food additives and food packaging, skin treatment, and is the primary component in cleaning agents such as nail polish remover, as well as a component of superglue. Other uses of Acetone include the manufacturing process of plastic, fibers, drugs, and other chemicals.

The most hazardous property of Acetone is its flammability aspect; handling and storage of Acetone should not be taken lightly.  Acetone can form explosive mixtures with many different chemicals, so proper research before storing acetone is crucial.

Applications and Uses

Widely used as a solvent for many plastics and synthetic fibers.  Acetone is also widely used as a cleaning tool for laboratories, and for dissolving two-part epoxies before they harden.  It is estimated that 75% of the acetone available is used to produce other chemicals.

U.S. Chemical Storage Solutions

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Acetone storage buildings from U.S. Chemical Storage

Acetone must be stored in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated chemical storage building.  The chemical storage building must be located in an area where fire hazards are low. The handling and storage of Acetone is very important and must take caution.  Acetone vapors can be ignited by flames or sparks, therefore a well-ventilated chemical storage building must be utilized.

U.S. Chemical Storage offers a wide range of mechanical ventilation accessories for your chemical storage building.  When handling Acetone, personnel must utilize cup-type side safety glasses, safety shoes, neoprene gloves, and a hard hat.  If protective equipment or clothing becomes contaminated with Acetone, all equipment and clothing must be washed before use, or thrown away.

Contact U.S. Chemical Storage For Your Acetone Chemical Storage Building

U.S. Chemical Storage offers 100% fully compliant and customizable chemical storage buildings for your Acetone chemical storage. Make sure your Acetone storage is maintained and stored compliantly. Contact us today for a free quote or call 1-800-233-1480.

4 thoughts on “Acetone Storage Requirements

  1. should this building be a certain distance than the main factory or can it be in a room all by itself attached to the factory?

    1. It can be outside the factory or even IN the factory. The real determining factor is the fire-rating of the building itself and any other design elements necessary based on the volume you’re storing.

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