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Hazardous Materials and OSHA Regulations

All ammonium compounds, which contain an ammonium ion (NH4+) and a negative ion, are thermally unstable.

A. Discuss two ways that ammonium compounds decompose when they are heated. What chemical reaction is involved in the thermal decomposition of ammonium persulfate?

B. What is the most likely reason OSHA requires ammonium nitrate to be segregated for sulfur or finely divided metals? Explain your answer.

C. What is the most likely reason OSHA requires employers to protect flooring and handling areas in buildings against impregnation by ammonium nitrate and requires that the floors be constructed without open drains, traps, tunnels or pits into which molten ammonium nitrate could flow and be confined in the event of a fire?

Solution Summary

This solution offers balanced chemical equations and explanations related to some common hazardous materials.

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