Learn more about the safety of diethyl ether

Safe, proper handling and first aid of diethyl ether

When ether is used in the workplace, explosion-proof (Group C) electrical equipment should only be operated in this area. Proper fire fighting equipment must be used. In case of small fires, use dry powder. If there is a large fire, use alcohol foam, water spray or spray. The heating container can be cooled with water spray to prevent pressure buildup, ignition, or explosion.

Adequate ventilation to avoid steam buildup. Make sure eye wash stations and safety showers are accessible, and use splash-proof goggles, gloves, and an approved steam respirator. If exposed to ether, seek medical attention and follow these first aid guidelines:

Breathe in -- seek fresh air. If the victim has difficulty breathing, administer oxygen. If not breathing, give artificial respiration and seek medical attention immediately.

Eye contact - Remove contact lenses if you have them. Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and seek medical attention immediately.

Skin contact - Rinse the skin with plenty of water and cover the irritated skin with an emollient. Remove contaminated clothing. If the skin is severely exposed, apply anti-bacterial cream and seek medical attention quickly.

Ingestion -- do not induce vomiting. Loosen all tight clothing. Never feed an unconscious person anything with your mouth. Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Storage and disposal of diethyl ether (diethyl ether sds)

Do not store ether near strong oxidizing agents or incompatible materials. Keep the ether in an isolated area away from heat and fire. Seal the container in a cool, well-ventilated place to keep light, moisture and air out.

Learn more about the safety of diethyl ether

Because this chemical poses serious health risks, it must be handled in strict accordance with federal, state, and local environmental control regulations. Learn more about this and other chemicals on ECHEMI.
Posted in Professional blogs on November 21 at 06:31 AM

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