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Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780750615570, 9781483294087

Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards

5th Edition

An indexed guide to published data

Author: Peter Urben
Editor: Leslie Bretherick
eBook ISBN: 9781483294087
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st January 1991
Page Count: 2100
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'Bretherick' is widely accepted as the reference work on reactive chemical hazards and is essential for all those working with chemicals. It attempts to include every chemical for which documented information on reactive hazards has been found. The text covers over 5000 elements and compounds and as many again of secondary entries involving two or more compounds. One of its most valuable features is the extensive cross referencing throughout both sections which links similar compounds or incidents not obviously related. The fifth edition has been completely updated and revised by the new Editor and contains documented information on hazards and appropriate references up to 1994, although the text still follows the format of previous editions. Volume 1 is devoted to specific information on the stability of the listed compounds, or the reactivity of mixtures of two or more of them under various circumstances. Each compound is identified by an UPAC-based name, the CAS registry number, its empirical formula and structure. Each description of an incident or violent reaction gives reference to the original literature. Each chemical is classified on the basis of similarities in structure or reactivity, and these groups are listed alphabetically in Volume 2. The group entries contain a complete listing of all the compounds in Volume 1 assigned to that group to assist cross referral to similar compounds. Volume 2 also contains hazard topic entries arranged alphabetically, some with lists. Appendices include a fire related data table for higher risk chemicals, indexes of registry numbers and chemical names as well as reference abbreviations and a glossary.


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

Table of Contents

CONTENTS INCLUDE: 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 Author

Peter Urben

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

About the Editor

Leslie Bretherick


Reviews of previous editions: 'an outstanding text...thoroughly recommended' - Loss Prevention Bulletin '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 book that every chemist should have on their shelf' - New Scientist 'This book continues to be an essential source of reference for all those about to embark upon unknown brews and concoctions of seemingly innocent chemicals' - Chemistry and Industry 'Possession and use of the handbook are a must for any establishment involved in preparative chemistry, including school, college and university teaching laboratories and industry.. The handbook is easy to use, with helpful guides inside the front and back covers, and interesting just to browse through.' Journal of Hazardous Materials, June 1996

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