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Title: Hydrogen peroxide : an environmentally friendly but dangerous bleaching chemical

Author: Hart, Peter W.; Rudie, Alan

Date: 2007

Source: Proceedings of TAPPI engineering, pulping and environmental conference, 2007 October 21-23, Jacksonville, FL. Atlanta, GA: TAPPI Press, 2007: [44] pages.

Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication

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Within the past 15 years, at least three bleach plants in North America experienced catastrophic equipment failures associated with the use of 50 wt% peroxide. People were badly injured in two instances, and these mills were fortunate to have avoided fatalities in these events. Hydrogen peroxide can be and has been used safely for many years, but like any strong oxidant, it must be handled with respect. This paper evaluates safety concerns associated with the use of hydrogen peroxide in the bleach plant. Several safety practices are suggested to address issues identified by these explosions and minimize the risk associated with use of peroxide.

Keywords: Decomposition, contamination, risk management, explosives, safety measures, wood-pulp industry, bleaching, pulping, hydrogen peroxide, oxidation, industrial safety, pulp mills

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Hart, Peter W.; Rudie, Alan; 2007. Hydrogen peroxide : an environmentally friendly but dangerous bleaching chemical. Proceedings of TAPPI engineering, pulping and environmental conference, 2007 October 21-23, Jacksonville, FL. Atlanta, GA: TAPPI Press, 2007: [44] pages.

 


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