Emergency Response Guide No. 146 for ORGANIC PEROXIDES (Heat, Contamination and Friction Sensitive)


Source: Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG)
POTENTIAL HAZARDS

FIRE OR EXPLOSION
  • May explode from heat, shock, friction or contamination.
  • May ignite combustibles (wood, paper, oil, clothing, etc.).
  • May be ignited by heat, sparks or flames.
  • May burn rapidly with flare-burning effect.
  • Containers may explode when heated.
  • Runoff may create fire or explosion hazard.
HEALTH
  • Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.
  • Ingestion or contact (skin, eyes) with substance may cause severe injury or burns.
  • Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution.
PUBLIC SAFETY

  • CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first. If Shipping Paper not available or no answer, refer to appropriate telephone number listed on the inside back cover.
  • As an immediate precautionary measure, isolate spill or leak area in all directions for at least 50 meters (150 feet) for liquids and at least 25 meters (75 feet) for solids.
  • Keep unauthorized personnel away.
  • Stay upwind, uphill and/or upstream.
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
  • Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Wear chemical protective clothing that is specifically recommended by the manufacturer. It may provide little or no thermal protection.
  • Structural firefighters' protective clothing will only provide limited protection.
EVACUATION
Large Spill
  • Consider initial evacuation for at least 250 meters (800 feet) in all directions.
Fire
  • If tank, rail car or tank truck is involved in a fire, ISOLATE for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions; also, consider initial evacuation for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions.
  • [FLAG] In Canada, an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) may be required for this product. Please consult the shipping document and/or the ERAP Program Section (page 391).
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

FIRE
Small Fire
  • Water spray or fog is preferred; if water not available use dry chemical, CO2 or regular foam.
Large Fire
  • Flood fire area with water from a distance.
  • Use water spray or fog; do not use straight streams.
  • Do not move cargo or vehicle if cargo has been exposed to heat.
  • Move containers from fire area if you can do it without risk.
Fire involving Tanks or Car/Trailer Loads
  • Fight fire from maximum distance or use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles.
  • Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out.
  • ALWAYS stay away from tanks engulfed in fire.
  • For massive fire, use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles; if this is impossible, withdraw from area and let fire burn.
SPILL OR LEAK
  • ELIMINATE all ignition sources (no smoking, flares, sparks or flames in immediate area).
  • Keep combustibles (wood, paper, oil, etc.) away from spilled material.
  • Do not touch damaged containers or spilled material unless wearing appropriate protective clothing.
  • Keep substance wet using water spray.
  • Stop leak if you can do it without risk.
Small Spill
  • Pick up with inert, damp, non-combustible material using clean, non-sparking tools and place into loosely covered plastic containers for later disposal.
Large Spill
  • Wet down with water and dike for later disposal.
  • Prevent entry into waterways, sewers, basements or confined areas.
  • DO NOT CLEAN-UP OR DISPOSE OF, EXCEPT UNDER SUPERVISION OF A SPECIALIST.
FIRST AID
  • Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves.
  • Move victim to fresh air.
  • Call 911 or emergency medical service.
  • Give artificial respiration if victim is not breathing.
  • Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult.
  • Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • Contaminated clothing may be a fire risk when dry.
  • Remove material from skin immediately.
  • In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Keep victim calm and warm.