Potentially Explosive Chemicals

Potentially Explosive Chemicals (PECs) include peroxidizable organic chemicals which oxidize, dry out or otherwise destabilize over time. Examples include isopropyl ether, sodium amide and picric acid. Old or mismanaged chemicals and can pose a serious threat to the health and safety of laboratory personnel, emergency responders, building occupants and chemical waste handlers.

For additional information, contact Andrew Fletcher at (510) 643-9254 or andrew.fletcher@berkeley.edu

Resources

Potentially Explosive Chemicals Guidelines