- Laboratory Equipment
The project team concluded that the jar contained a sufficient vapor pressure of isopropanol to ignite when it came into contact with the decomposing hydride. The lesson learned was that hydrides react rapidly in air and can lead to combustion of any organic vapor that might be present nearby. Thus, the project team adopted a procedure that all hydrides must be submerged in mineral oil before they are removed from the glove box to prevent exposure to air before isopropanol treatment. Since this procedure was adopted for pacification/disposal of hydrides, there have been no more incidents or near-misses of this type in the laboratory.