This Chemical Management Information is being created via Haztech Environmental (HTE) as part of a Body of Chemical Management Information knowledge.

It initially will include chemical management information from the the HTE Submissions to the Australian Parliaments in late July and late Nov 2023.

As more Chem Mgmt Info becomes available this will be added.

Similar information will be grouped to aid in understanding and alerting each other.

Hazardous Chemical Situations
Please send further Chemical Management Situations to Jeff.Simpson@haztech.com.au to be added to this webpage.

1/ Charging Lithium Batteries which fail by electrical discharging (causing fire by the very high temperatures), but the electrical reaction continues until fully discharged.
2/ Which common chemicals in Domestic Use and Business Use must not be mixed.
-Hypochlorite bleach and Hydrochloric Acid can release toxic Chlorine gas.
-Cleaning up an Unsaturated Oil with a High surface area absorbent (in a pile) can lead to a spontaneous combustion fire (like a compost heap).
3/ 2-Butanone Oxime (a cancer inhalation hazard) is released from most Silicone sealants, which building contractors commonly use without respiratory protection.

4/ Cleaning with solvents in poor ventilation, such as tanks, refrigerators or rooms, that are really confined spaces.
5/ Flammable aerosol sprays near ignition sources.
6/ Cutting & welding drums / tanks, with flammable residues. Slow release of flammable vapours in part empty drums & tanks that have only a flash hazard.
7/ Working with Engineered Stone in building kitchens where the sole trader contractor has been responsible for training, and appropriate procedures to avoid Silicosis.
8/ Aluminium Phosphide fumigant tablets that react with moisture to release toxic Phosphine fumigation gas.
9/ Electrical equipment in hazardous areas with flammable vapours/gases or combustible dusts.
10/ Hazardous atmospheres inside Shipping Containers. From unreacted fumigation chemicals. From leaking containers.

11/ Lead Contamination (WA in 2006 & 2007): Lead Carbonate ore was transported in bulk in sealed trucks, but then put on a conveyor open to the wind at the Port!
The required classification Division 6.1 TOXIC was not picked up by either the Mine Business nor the Authorities, until the incident was investigated!

12/ Chemical Waste taken for “disposal” was allowed by chemical industry General Managers, who did not ensure the EPA Vic Regulations for Chemical Waste reporting were complied with.

13/ The latest alarming Chemical Management 101 problem: Hydrocarbon liquids being poured into IBCs have recently caused two fires in Melbourne and killed two workers. One in Derrimut suburb in Oct 2023 and one in Dandenong South suburb in Dec 2023. Knowledge of Static Buildup hazards, Bonding and Earthing seem to be a lost art!.

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