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.
What Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is needed when working with acetone?
- 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.
- 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.