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Whilst Isopropanol is generally considered a safer alternative to some other Solvents such as Ethylene Glycol or Methanol, it does present certain hazards to the user and care should be taken when handling or working with the material.
The main safety considerations to be aware of when handling or working with IPA relate to its flammability and the potential hazards to operators through skin contact, ingestion or inhalation. Isopropanol has a strong odour and should always be handled in a well-ventilated area or under fume extraction.
Isopropanol is very drying to the skin and has a de-fatting effect so for this reason, gloves should always be worn when working with the material. In its pure form, Isopropanol is highly Flammable and must be stored away from combustible materials and potential sources of ignition such as smoking, static elecricity, sparks and naked flames. Further details about Isopropanol Safety can be found on the relevant page of this website.
Isopropanol Hazards include poisoning which can occur through ingestion, inhalation or absorption. Symptoms of IPA poisoning include nausea and vomiting, headaches, dizziness and flushing. As Isopropyl Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, long-term exposure can result in anaesthesia and even coma.
IPA is a colourless liquid whigh, in its pure state, is highly Flammable. It should always be stored away from combustible materials. When Isopronanol is diluted, its flammability is reduced. Propan-2-ol has a Specific Gravity of 0.79 and is produced by combining water and Propene.
IPA, Propan-2-ol, C3H3O, Rubbing Alcohol, 2-Propanol and Isopropyl Alcohol are all synonyms of Isopropanol and all refer to the same product, a widely available Solvent with many uses in industry, in commerce and in the home.
Uses of Isopropanol include as a cleaning fluid, particularly for electrical parts, hi-fi components, computers and computer-related equipment such as monitors, laptops, keyboards, electronic contact pins, CD's, DVD's and as a general cleaner and solvent. IPA is a major ingredient in fuel additives and is widely used in aerosol windscreen de-icers and in dilute form to fill car washer bottles to help prevent icing of windscreens.
For further information on other aspects of Isopropanol Isopropanol including Isopropanol Safety, Isopropanol Labelling and Transporting Isopropanol, please take a look at the relevant pages of this website.
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