Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Pyrophoric Chemicals for Tufts University
Pyrophoric chemicals are liquids and solids that will ignite spontaneously in air or oxygen. They are extremely reactive toward oxygen and in most cases, water, and must never be exposed to the atmosphere. Exposure of these reagents to air could result in spontaneous combustion, which could cause serious burns or other injuries to the person handling the reagent or others in the immediate area. In addition, all combustible materials, including paper products (kimwipes), should not be allowed to come in contact with any pyrophoric reagent at any time. These chemicals are used in research to catalyze certain reactions and often are incorporated into final products.