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Safety Tip: Keep Track of Peroxide Formers

Peroxide-forming compounds (peroxide formers) are among the most hazardous chemicals found in university laboratories.

Peroxide-forming compounds (peroxide formers) are among the most hazardous chemicals found in university laboratories. Over time they can become unstable and potentially explosive. Some of the more hazardous peroxide formers should be used within three to six months of opening.

Georgia Fire Code requires that all peroxide forming chemicals be dated upon opening. The Office of Research Safety encourages additional precautions by labeling the containers with the date of receipt and the last date of peroxide testing, if applicable. Chematix is set up to help you keep track of expiration dates for these chemicals.

For more information, see Appendix I of the Lab Safety Manual, Particularly Hazardous Substances, or contact the Office of Research Safety at 706-542-9088.