Xylene Handling and storage:
Xylene should be
stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area in tightly sealed containers
that are labeled in accordance with OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard [29
CFR 1910.1200]. Outside or detached storage is preferred; inside storage
must be in a standard flammable liquids storage room or cabinet. The
ventilation used in storage areas must be of explosion-proof design.
Containers of xylene should be protected from physical damage and should be
stored separately from strong oxidizers, heat, sparks, and open flame. Only
nonsparking tools may be used to handle xylene. To prevent static sparks,
containers must be grounded and bonded for transfers. Because empty
containers that formerly contained xylene may still hold product residues,
they should be handled appropriately.
Handling: avoid contact with eyes. Avoid contact with skin. Avoid
Inhalation of vapors or mists. Use in well ventilated area away
From all ignition sources. Avoid sparking conditions. Ground
And bond all transfer equipment.
Storage: drums must be grounded and bonded and equipped with
Self-closing valves, pressure vacuum bungs and flame arresters.
Outside or detached storage preferred. Storage containers should
Be grounded and bonded. Store in a cool area away from all
Empty container warning: empty containers retain residue (liquid
And/or vapor) and can be dangerous. Do not pressurize, cut, weld,
Braze, solder, drill, grind or expose such containers to heat,
Flame, sparks, static electricity, or other sources of ignition;
They may explode and cause injury or death. Do not attempt to
Refill or clean container since residue is difficult to remove.
Empty drums should be completely drained, properly bunged and
Promptly returned to a drum reconditioner. All containers should
Be disposed of in an environmentally safe manner and in
Accordance with governmental regulations.
Spills and Leaks:In the event of a spill or leak involving xylene, persons not wearing
protective equipment and clothing should be restricted from contaminated
areas until cleanup has been completed. The following steps should be
undertaken following a spill or leak:
1. Do not touch the spilled material; stop the leak if it is possible to do
so without risk.
2. Notify safety personnel.
3. Remove all sources of heat and ignition.
4. Ventilate potentially explosive atmospheres using maximally
5. Use non-sparking tools for cleanup.
6. Water spray may be used to reduce vapors, but the spray may not prevent
ignition in closed spaces.
7. For small liquid spills, take up with sand or other noncombustible
absorbent material and place into closed containers for later disposal.
8. For large liquid spills, build dikes far ahead of the spill to contain
the xylene for later reclamation or disposal.
Planning, Community Right-To-Know, And Hazardous Waste Management
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) regulatory requirements for
emergency planning, community right-to-know, and hazardous waste management
may vary over time. Users are therefore advised to determine periodically
whether new information is available.