Acetone Safety
What are the most important things to know about acetone in an emergency?

Emergency Overview: Clear colorless volatile liquid. Sweet odor. HIGHLY FLAMMABLE LIQUID AND VAPOUR. Distant ignition and flashback are possible. May cause drowsiness and dizziness. IRRITANT. Causes moderate or severe eye irritation.

Main Routes of Exposure: Inhalation. Skin contact. Eye contact.
  • Inhalation: Can irritate the nose and throat. At high concentrations: can harm the nervous system. Symptoms may include headache, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and confusion. A severe exposure can cause unconsciousness.
  • Skin Contact: May cause mild irritation. Can be absorbed through the skin, but harmful effects are not expected.
  • Eye Contact: EYE IRRITANT. Causes moderate to severe irritation. Symptoms include sore, red eyes, and tearing. The vapour also irritates the eyes.
  • Ingestion: Not harmful. If large amounts are ingested: Can cause effects as described for inhalation.
  • Effects of Long-Term (Chronic) Exposure: Can cause dry, red, cracked skin (dermatitis) following skin contact. May harm the nervous system.
What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed when working with acetone?
  • Eye/Face Protection: Wear chemical safety goggles and face shield when contact is possible.
  • Skin Protection: Avoid repeated or prolonged skin contact. Wear chemical protective clothing e.g. gloves, aprons, boots. Suitable materials include: butyl rubber, Barrier® (PE/PA/PE), Silver Shield/4H® (PE/EVAL/PE), Trellchem® HPS, Trellchem® VPS, Tychem® BR/LV, Tychem® Responder.
  • Respiratory Protection: Up to 2,500 ppm: wear a NIOSH approved air-purifying respirator with an organic vapour cartridge, or, wear a NIOSH approved self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or supplied air respirator.