Hazardous Chemicals – Isopropyl Alcohol

Jun 17, 2021
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Written by Washington Retail
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As businesses try to keep COVID under control by stepping up cleaning efforts, using a 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) based product can expose workers to enough spray vapors, which poses a risk when using them during disinfection activities.

Recently Washington Labor and Industries posted a hazard alert about sustained wiping or spraying activities in a room or enclosed area, which creates a risk for high exposure to IPA, causing irritation to workers’ eyes, nose and throat.

  • Make sure the area has adequate ventilation. Immediately seek fresh air if your workers feel dizzy or other symptoms occur
  • Only perform this type of cleaning for 15-minute periods at a time with a break in tasks between using IPA based cleaners
  • Review the product Safety Data Sheet for proper PPE (sec. 8) and first aid (sec. 4)
  • If still unsure on how to use IPA based products, get additional instruction.

If using higher than 70% solution, we advise diluting it down to a lower level. Remember alcohol is flammable and high concentrations can easily ignite.

WR employs Rick Means as Director of Safety and Education and is available to members to draw up safety plans and provide topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected]