Reactivity Expert System for Recognizing Reactivity Hazards

Recognizing reactivity hazards of pure chemicals and mixtures is critical for managing risks in processing industries, emergency response activities, and waste treatment facilities. A binary interaction matrix is a simple tool for summarizing reactivity information and it is always a good practice to generate compatibility matrix for the system of interest. The generation of such matrix is a complex task and may involve several man-hours. This paper discusses reactivity expert system, a computerized algorithm that has several databases of interactions and generates compatibility matrix between chemicals. The reactivity expert system also displays available regulatory and toxicity information for a chemical, if available. We applied the reactivity expert system as a screening tool for 167 CSB incidents and it successfully screened 126 of 127 incidents where chemicals involved were specified.

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