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Our top priority

AkzoNobel is recognized as a global leader in metal alkyl safety. Our proven success in safely handling metal alkyls and high purity metalorganics is due to our long-term commitment to safety. We always place safety as our top priority.

Our HPMO products are pyrophoric, that is they ignite spontaneously when in contact with air. In addition, they react explosively when in contact with water.

However, metalorganics have been handled safely on a commercial scale for many years despite the hazards associated with their reactivity. These hazards are manageable given knowledge of proper handling techniques, carefully designed facilities and thorough training of personnel using written procedures.

Personnel who understand the properties of metalorganics and who give proper attention to these compounds will be able to handle them safely and with confidence.

Through our safety programs we provide expert advice on the handling of these materials including:

  • classroom review of safety and handling of metal alkyls
  • consultation of metal alkyl facility design
  • demonstrations on the safe use, handling and control of metal alkyls
  • on-site assistance and advice regarding procedures 

Other available resources include safety videos, literature on the safe use and storage of metalorganics, and personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines.

Please contact us to discuss how we can address your safety concerns or provide safety audits and safety training.