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Sodium Hypochlorite Safety & Use Considerations

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Sodium Hypochlorite (Bleach) is the liquid form of chlorine and is created by scrubbing chlorine gas through a Sodium Hydroxide solution to make concentrations that vary from 6%-15% concentrations by weight. In contrast to chlorine gas which can be stored indefinitely, sodium hypochlorite is an unstable compound which will degrade in strength depending on time, temperature, UV light and pH. Sodium Hypochlorite is widely considered to be “safer” when compared to chlorine gas; however, this is not always the case. Good safety practices must be taken with sodium hypochlorite in order to protect workers and the surrounding community. This especially relates to preventing the unintended mixture with other chemicals which can lead to hazardous chlorine gas releases.

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