From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Stirrer Hot Plates
Date: March 27, 2013 3:56:21 PM EDT
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
For what it's worth, my understanding is most hot plate/magnetic stirrers in common use in organic chemistry labs are not explosion proof/approved for hazardous locations. They are potential ignition sources when used with flammable solvents, but when operated in properly functioning fume hoods, the solvent vapors are swept away at a sufficient rate such that the ignition sources don't typically encounter vapor concentrations in the flammable (> LEL) range. I'm not saying that's a good policy, but I believe it is why (along with the use of reflux condensers) there isn't an epidemic of fires when flammable liquids are used with these devices.
Environmental Health & Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, PA
What is your policy on heating or mixing flammable liquids with non-explosion proof, not spark proof stirrer hot plates?
Tom Bialke, MSPH, CIH
Mgr. Research Safety and Compliance
Kent State University
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