Peroxide-forming Solvents

All peroxide-forming solvents should have labels (available from the CBC Store) that indicate:

  • the date received
  • the date first opened
  • the dates tested (quarterly)

All peroxide-forming solvents must be checked for the presence of any peroxides prior to distillation or evaporation.

Peroxide test strips are available at the CBC Store. A copy of the colour indicator charts are available in each laboratory.

Solvents that have peroxide concentration values above 100ppm must be discarded.

If peroxide-forming solvents have unusual viscosity or crystal formation, do not move/open the container. Seek help from safety personnel immediately.

Peroxide test for solvents, Class A (explosive without concentration)

(This is not a comprehensive list.)

  • Butadiene
  • Divinylacetylene
  • Tetrafluoroethylenea
  • Vinylidene chloride
  • Chloroprene
  • Isopropyl ether

Peroxide test for solvents, Class B

(This is not a comprehensive list.)

  • Acetal
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Benzyl Alcohol
  • 2-Butanol Dioxanes
  • Chlorofluoroethylene
  • Cumene(isopropylbenzene)
  • Cyclohexene
  • 2-Cyclohexen-1-ol
  • Cyclopentene
  • Decahydronapthalene(decalin)
  • Diacetylene(butadiyne)
  • Dicyclopentadiene
  • Diglyme
  • Diethyl ether
  • Ethylene glycol ether acetates
  • Furan
  • 4-Heptanol
  • 2-Hexanol
  • Methyl Acetylene
  • 3-Methyl-1-butanol
  • Methyl-isobutyl ketone
  • 4-Methyl-2-pentanol
  • 2-Pentanol
  • 4-Penten-1-ol
  • 1-Phenylethanol
  • Tetrahydrofuran
  • Tetrahydronapthalene
  • Vinyl Ethers
  • Sec. Alcohol