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Abbreviations for Chemical Hazards

Chemical-HazardsIn many commercial factories or warehouses, chemical hazards can be found because they are used often. When it comes to chemical hazards, it is important to understand the abbreviations and labels used to ensure they are handled and used properly. If the abbreviations are misread, the chemical hazard could be misused, which could lead to serious damage and even fatal consequences.

Abbreviations Used with Chemical Hazards

  1. MW- molecular weight
  2. Sol- The solubility in water when measured in percent by weight is at 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. UEL- The upper explosive level, or flammable, limit within in the air, measured in percent by volume
  4. LEL- The lower explosive level, or flammable, limit within the air, measured in percent by volume
  5. BP- The boiling point at one atmosphere measured in degrees Fahrenheit
  6. Fl.P- The flash point in degrees Fahrenheit when tested within in a closed cup apparatus
  7. VP- The vapor pressure at 68 degrees Fahrenheit when measured in millimeters of mercury
  8. IP- The potential of ionization of electron volts
  9. FRZ- The point of freezing for gases and liquids in degrees Fahrenheit
  10. MLT- The point of melting for solids in degrees Fahrenheit
  11. RGasD- The relative density of gases when referenced to the air, indicating how gas Is heavier than the air within the same temperature
  12. MEC- The minimum explosive concentration when measured in cubic meters whenever possible
  13. Sp.Gr- The specific gravity of water at 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit

These abbreviations are used within the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards to help keep those working with the chemicals safe at all times. If used incorrectly, these chemical hazards can quickly lead to fires and combustions within a commercial setting, which can leave many workers and civilians at risk for serious injury.

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