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Safe Handling Practices: Methacrylic Acid


R. Willey (Northeastern University)


This SACHE product introduces students to the hazards of handling acrylic monomers along with safe handling practices that are relevant for handling any monomer. Acrylic monomers have some unique challenges including being corrosive and combustible with the potential for unanticipated, uncontrolled exothermic runaway reactions. The product includes five files that give an excellent introduction for handling monomers:
  • SACHE Product Introduction 2009: This describes the Rohm & Haas accident including a time line.
  • Tank Car Video: This is a TV news report and and Rohm and Haas description of the tank car accident with methyacrylic acid that happened on July 22, 1988. (7 minutes)
  • R&H Article: This is a description of an accident investigation method as applied to the Rohm & Haas accident.
  • Acrylic Monomer Handling: This is a Rohm & Haas training presentation for safely handling acrylic monomers. Although the presentation is for acrylic monomers, the seven principles described are generally applicable for handling any monomer.
  • European Bulletin: A Safe Handling Manual for methacrylic acid developed in Europe.

Note that a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) and International Safety Card (containing NIOSH safety information) are included for methacrylic acid; since this information can become stale, updated information (available on the web) should be obtained when this instructional material is used.

Student access: All files are available to students logged into the site.

Suggested courses that can use this product

  • Chemical Reactions/Kinetics
  • Lab
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