What is Ethyl Acetate?
Ethyl acetate is a highly flammable, colorless liquid with a fruity odor. The flammable chemical is slightly soluble in water and is slowly hydrolyzed by moisture. Ethyl acetate contains a flash point of 24°F and has vapors that are heavier than air.
Ethyl Acetate Hazards & Reactivity Information
The toxic chemical can be easily ignited with heat, sparks, flames or other ignition sources. The vapors that this chemical gives off can form explosive mixtures with air. These dangerous vapors can travel to a source of ignition and flash back, leading to a hazardous situation. It is necessary to keep this chemical in a completely sealed container.
Health hazards associated with ethyl acetate chemical storage include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness and respiratory irritation. Proper personal protection is necessary when handling or storing ethyl acetate.
NFPA 704 Classifications : Ethyl Acetate
- Hazard Value Description
- Health 1 Can cause significant irritation.
- Flammability 3 Very flammable, can be ignited under almost all ambient temperatures.
- Instability 0 Stable under fire conditions.
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Ethyl Acetate Industrial Uses
The hazardous chemical ethyl acetate is used for many different applications including paints, cleaners, laboratory extractions, and as an ester in wine. It is commonly used in nail polish removers, solvents, perfumes, column chromatography and it is also used to clean circuit boards.
Ethyl Acetate Chemical Storage Solutions
Ethyl acetate is incompatible with oxidizing agents, strong acids, and strong bases, therefore it is necessary to segregate ethyl acetate chemical storage in a separate chemical storage building, away from incompatible materials, or segregated with a solid partition wall. Store ethyl acetate chemical storage away from direct heat or sunlight, in a completely sealed chemical storage building. Utilize safety accessories including mechanical ventilation and/or a cooling system. Keep ethyl acetate chemical storage away from moisture. Since ethyl acetate chemical storage is explosive, under certain conditions, it is necessary to use explosion proof safety accessories to remain safe and compliant.
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