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Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9780123725639, 9780080523408

Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards

7th Edition

Hardcover ISBN: 9780123725639
eBook ISBN: 9780080523408
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th September 2006
Page Count: 2678
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Bretherick’s Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards is an assembly of all reported risks such as explosion, fire, toxic or high-energy events that result from chemical reactions gone astray, with extensive referencing to the primary literature.

It is designed to improve safety in laboratories that perform chemical synthesis and general research, as well as chemical manufacturing plants. Entries are ordered by empirical formula and indexed under both name(s) and Chemical Abstracts Registry Numbers.

This two-volume compendium focuses on reactivity risks of chemicals, alone and in combination; toxicity hazards are only included for unexpected reactions giving volatile poisons

Key Features

  • Predict, avoid, and control reactivity danger with this latest edition of the leading guide
  • Covers every chemical with documented information on reactive hazards; more than 5,000 entries on single elements or compounds, and 5,000 entries on the interactions between two or more compounds
  • Includes five years of new reports, new references to the primary literature, and amplification to existing entries
  • Links similar compounds or incidents that are not obviously related


Chemists and chemical engineeers, safety officers, research students, chemistry teachers in schools, colleges & universities, all involved in storage, handling, packing & transportation of chemicals.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 - Introduction; Reactive chemical hazards; SPECIFIC CHEMICALS (Elements and compounds arranged in formula order)
Volume 2 - CLASSES, GROUPS AND TOPICS (Entries arranged in alphabetical order); Source title abbreviations used in references; tabulated fire related data; Glossary of abbreviations and technical terms; Index of chemical names and synonyms used in section 1; Index of class, group and topic titles used in section 2; Index of section 2 titles classified by type; Index of CAS registry numbers vs serial numbers in section 1


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About the Editor


Dr Peter Urben is a now retired organic chemist of initially academic, later industrial, background who has undertaken practical work in many fields, at milligram to tonne scale, over more than forty years, (even neglecting juvenile essays in pyrotechny and blasting).

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultants Courtaulds Chemicals, (Suisse) S.A., Warwickshire, UK


Praise for previous editions:
"A book that every chemist should have on their shelf." --New Scientist

"An essential source of reference for all those about to embark upon unknown brews and concoctions of seemingly innocent chemicals" --Chemistry and Industry

"A book that should be in every laboratory, chemical plant, emergency response and fire control center, school and college...I commend this book to anyone concerned with chemical safety and hygiene" --Chemical and Engineering News

"A very helpful and quick entry into the literature on the many unstable chemicals that have been synthesized and characterized during the 20th century." --Choice

"An outstanding text...thoroughly recommended." --Loss Prevention Bulletin

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