If your company requires shipping organic peroxides overseas, it is critical that you transport them in the proper containers. Organic peroxides can be extremely dangerous to transport, and you don’t want to take any chances with the shipping containers you use to get them where they need to be for a variety of reasons.
What Are Organic Peroxides?
Organic peroxides are carbon compounds with two linked oxygen items (peroxy group). Because of the high level of oxygen, organic peroxides can create a substantial fire and explosion risk. Organic peroxides are chemicals that are found in a wide range of industries, especially the plastic and rubber industries. They can serve as accelerators, curing agents, hardeners, catalysts and for a variety of other useful purposes. While they are typically found in solid form as a powder, they can sometimes come as liquids or pastes, as well.
Organic Peroxide Dangers
While organic peroxides can look innocuous, they can actually be quite hazardous. They can be toxic or corrosive and can cause a health hazard if handled, inhaled or swallowed. They can rust and destroy metals. Most importantly, as mentioned above, the high oxygen of the peroxy group means a level of flammability and combustibility. For some of what are called class 5.2 organic peroxide, it takes very little to catalyze them. A slight amount of heat, shock or friction can cause them to combust and burn extremely quickly. For this reason, it is incredibly important to store them in a cool, shock-proof container during transport.
Common Organic Peroxides
Some of the most common class 5.2 organic peroxides you will need specialized containers to transport include:
- Tert-Butyl peroxy isobutyrate: Used as a polymerization catalyst, this organic peroxide is highly sensitive to increases in temperature and is usually stored in a benzene slurry. It is extremely volatile and will explode violently if rapidly heated.
- Diisopropyl peroxydicarbonate: Another polymerization catalyst, this chemical is a white solid substance with an unpleasant odor that is typically shipped in dry ice to stabilize it. It can spontaneously decompose at room temperature releasing corrosive and flammable products.
- Methyl ethyl ketone peroxide: A liquid organic peroxide, this chemical is used as a crosslinking catalyst and is both explosive and toxic.
Klinge Dual Refrigerated Containers for Safer Organic Peroxide Transportations
Klinge has developed an extremely reliable container for Class 5.2 dangerous goods transportation. Our Dual Redundant Refrigerated Container & Integral Genset is a container with two full capacity reefer units and automatically switches to the backup in an emergency. It is in compliance with the Internal Maritime Organization’s regulations for transporting certain organic peroxides and therefore also comes with a diesel generator set that will power the units during truck transport or external power supply loss. Keep browsing our site to learn more about the Dual Redundant Refrigerated Container &Integral Genset.
Klinge has been providing safe transport of goods for chemical and pharmaceutical companies for more than three decades and is are the smart choice when it comes to shipping organic peroxides. To talk to a specialist or for a quote on our containers, contact Klinge today!