Safety and Handling
Although terpenes are food grade and generally regarded as safe (GRAS), ours are still very potent and should be handled with care.
Always remember, when working with chemicals, always read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) before use. A SDS provides critical information regarding Hazardous and Precutionary Statements, First Aid Measures, Fire-Fighting Measures, Accidental Release Measures, Handling and Storage, Exposure Controls, Personal Protection and much more.
We are always concerned with the safety of our customers and we would like to help you with some tips in addition to the SDS to keep yourself safe.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Selecting appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will aid in reducing exposure to hazardous substances and concentrated chemicals. With terpenes, chemical resistant gloves- such as nitrile gloves- long sleeves (preferably a lab coat), pants, and closed toed shoes are necessary to keep your body protected. Also make sure you are using some sort of eye protection, whether its safety goggles or glasses, to keep your eyes covered in case of splashing or spilling.
Fire/Flammable Chemical Safety
Many terpenes are very flammable, and if you purchase from us, you will see a red strip at the bottom of your bottle label indicating the flammable hazard. Make sure you are prepared to handle a flammable liquid in the event of a fire. Any fire started by terpenes would be a Type B fire (Flammable Liquid Fires), therefore you need to make sure that you have a fire extinguisher certified for Class B fires (it is usually listed on the label) and are trained to use the fire extinguisher. It would also be good to keep your work area close to a source of water. Finally, blankets or fire blankets are good to keep around just in case anything around you catches on fire.
Ventilation and Storage
Because terpenes are volatile and flammable compounds, proper storage, such as flammable cabinets and room ventilation are necessary to prevent flammable vapors from collecting in your working space. Therefore, make sure the room is properly ventilated, and make sure to keep all bottles of flammable liquid are closed and stored in the flammable cabinet when not in use..
Although we are always being extremely careful, spills are likely to happen, and it's necessary to follow the right guidelines to prevent any facility damage, personal injury, or cause a fire. If a spill occurs, remove all sources of ignition. Contain the spill, and absorb with suitable inert material (vermiculite, dry sand, etc). Make sure to douse everything in water to prevent fire from start on any material, and place in a chemical waste container for proper disposal in an approved waste disposal facility (make sure to follow your local disposal regulations). Ventilate the area of the spill, Have the extinguishing agent available in case of fire, and make sure to always use non-sparking tools and equipment. When finished, we recommend using IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol or Isopropanol) as a way to break up any organic material that may be left over before using any soap and water. In the case of spilling on your clothes, make sure that your clothes are doused in water to prevent fire, and you wash the affect part of your body for several minutes with water. Wash your clothes at your own risk.