Reactive Materials

Reactive compounds represent unique hazards in the laboratory.  They often react unpredictably with extreme force and violence.  Condensation via evaporation or distillation, heat, shock, or friction can all lead to a sudden reaction.  Exposure to air or water may cause instantaneous combustion.  There are numerous examples of highly reactive compounds in the lab; peroxide-forming compounds and pyrophoric compounds are highlighted here.


Stanley Howell
Sr. Program Manager
Chemical Safety

Steve Elwood
Associate Director for Laboratory Safety