Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:55:51 +0000
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From: "Peifer, Patricia" <Patricia.Peifer**At_Symbol_Here**WESTPHARMA.COM>
Subject: Storage of Chlorinated Solvents and Flammables


I have asked our staff to store chlorinated solvents separately from flammable substances.  I know that this is generally good practice, but I also read that some chlorinated solvents can react with some flammables to produce phosgene, and perhaps other toxic gases as well.  This made some sense to me since I know chlorinated solvents can produce these gases when exposed to heat or UV.

I am being challenged on this and asked to produce the names of flammables that will react with chlorinated solvents upon contact to produce dangerous gases.  Does anyone have information on this?   Are there other compelling reasons not to store chlorinated solvents with flammables?

Pat Peifer, CHO
Safety and Chemical Hygiene Specialist
West Pharmaceutical Services
101 Gordon Drive
Lionville,  PA  19341
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