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.
Sr. Program Manager
Associate Director for Laboratory Safety