At Enviro Care, we’re dedicated completely to safety and careful procedures during our chemical waste disposal and hazardous waste transportation services. We have all the proper permits and licensing to handle these issues for you, with experienced and professional waste managers.
One chemical waste area that we regularly perform services in involves a release of calcium hydride. This chemical, which can affect humans through breathing, has to be removed professionally and with the proper transportation practices in place. Let’s go over some of the effects calcium hydride can have if left unattended, plus a basic example of a recent job we did (names removed for confidentiality) that will help illustrate our safety precautions.
Calcium hydride is a chemical known for the harmful effects it has on humans, both in the short and long term. In an immediate sense, breathing in calcium hydride can lead to burning of the skin and eyes, eye damage, nose or throat irritation, and lung issues ranging from shortness of breath all the way to a pulmonary edema (a major medical emergency).
In the long run, the effects of regular calcium hydride exposure are even more significant. It can lead to issues with reproduction and the lungs, and may be related to some forms of cancer. Perhaps most concerningly, it’s extremely flammable and can react with other chemicals easily, making it an explosion hazard when it’s released.
The following describes a basic recent process that we followed when assisting with a calcium hydride release:
For more on calcium hydride safety, or to learn about any of our emergency hazmat response services, speak to the pros at Enviro Care today.