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Storage stability and reactivity towards container material

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During transport and storage of sodium ethyl xanthate the major risk is release of carbon disulphide vapour from solid sodium ethyl xanthate. Inhalational and dermal exposure to carbon disulphide vapour can cause adverse health effects.
Another significant risk during transport and storage is the potential of spontaneous combustion. Spontaneous combustion depends on the heat of the reaction involved, moisture content, ambient temperature and the size of the packaging. The larger the packaging size is the greater the risk of spontaneous combustion, hence bulker bags present a greater risk than steel drums. The risk is also increased due to the conditions in which the sodium ethyl xanthate is stored.

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