Diethyl Ether

CAS RN:60-29-7

Other Preventive Measures

SRP: The scientific literature for the use of contact lenses in industry is conflicting. The benefit or detrimental effects of wearing contact lenses depend not only upon the substance, but also on factors including the form of the substance, characteristics and duration of the exposure, the uses of other eye protection equipment, and the hygiene of the lenses. However, there may be individual substances whose irritating or corrosive properties are such that the wearing of contact lenses would be harmful to the eye. In those specific cases, contact lenses should not be worn. In any event, the usual eye protection equipment should be worn even when contact lenses are in place.
Clothing wet with liquid diethyl ether should be placed in closed containers for storage until it can be discarded or until provision is made for the removal of diethyl ether from the clothing. If the clothing is to be laundered or otherwise cleaned to remove the diethyl ether, the person performing the operation should be informed of diethyl ether's hazardous properties. Any clothing which becomes contaminated with liquid diethyl ether should be removed immediately and not reworn until the diethyl ether is removed from the clothing.
Persons not wearing protective equipment and clothing should be restricted from areas of spills or leaks until cleanup has been completed.
If material not on fire and not involved in fire: Keep sparks, flames, and other sources of ignition away. Keep material out of water sources and sewers. Build dikes to contain flow as necessary. Attempt to stop leak if without undue personnel hazard. Use water spray to knock-down vapors.
Personnel protection: Avoid breathing vapors. Keep upwind. ... Do not handle broken packages unless wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Wash away any material which may have contacted the body with copious amounts of water or soap and water.
Evacuation: If fire becomes uncontrollable or container is exposed to direct flame-consider evacuation of one-third (1/3) mile radius. If material leaking (not on fire) consider evacuation from downwind area based on amount of material spilled, location and weather conditions.
Addition of naphthols, polyphenols, aromatic amines, and aminophenols has been proposed for stabilization of ethyl ether.
Work clothing that becomes wet should be immediately removed due to its flammability hazard (i.e., for liquids with a flash point <100 deg F)..
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