I am preparing a chem safety presentation for new summer research students here at KSC for next week and would like to include a discussion of the incident described at
The chemical involved in the incident is triacetone triperoxide (TATP), which has a fairly high public profile as a explosive that is easy to make.
I figured that the first step in discussing the hazards of TATP is to look for a SDS to review from the usual web sources. However, I was surprised to not find an SDS or other GHS information for this chemical at PubChem, Sigma/Aldrich or through a random Google search. ChemIdPlus returned an entry from ToxNet that indicated that TATP is a "Very sensitive explosive" but no other information that would help to put this designation into context.
Does anyone have suggestions about how a chemist developing a risk assessment of a process that involves acetone and hydrogen peroxide would discover the potential hazards associated with TATP in their work?
Thanks for any suggestions on this.
Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
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