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Solvent Safety

The following is the manual used to train cleanroom personnel on handling and storing solvents:
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  1. Module I: Classification of Solvents

  2. Module II: Handling

  3. Module III: Safety

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Solvents used in the IML:

Chemical Abbreviation Fire Hazard Toxicity Hazard TLV ppm Odor Threshold Toxic Effects
Acetone ACE Extreme Low 750 140 ppm (sweet/fruity) Irritates eyes, nose and throat; headaches; skin dryness
Freon TF Low Low 1000 Variable Dries skin; light headedness
Isopropyl Alcohol IPA Extreme Low 400 20 ppm (sharp/musty) Dries skin; irritates eyes, nose and throat; drowsiness
Methyl Isoamylketone MIAK Moderate Extreme 50 0.05 ppm (sweet/sharp) Irritates eyes, nose and throat; may cause weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, or kidney damage
Methyl Isobutylketone MIBK Extreme Extreme 50 0.3 ppm (sweet/sharp) Irritates eyes, nose and throat; may cause weakness, dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, vomiting, or kidney damage
Methyl Ethylketone MEK Extreme Extreme 200 2-100 ppm (misty) Irritation of eyes and nose; intoxication, headache, and dizziness
Ethyl Lactate Positive Photo Resist Moderate Low None None (fruity/ester) Combustible liquid; skin, eye, respiratory irritant; nervous system toxin
Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether Acetate PGMEA Moderate Low None Very low (slightly sweet odor) Irritant; may cause itching, redness and burns to skin; ingestion may cause diarrhea, kidney and liver damage
N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone or M-Pyrol NMP Moderate Extreme 25 Unkown (pungent) Readily absorbed through intact skin; vapors may cause eye, skin, and nose irritation; eye contact with liquid may cause severe damage
Trans 1, 2 dichloroethylene DCE Extreme Moderate 200 0.08 ppm (sweet) Eye irritation; poor coordination, drowsiness, toxic vapors released when heated
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