Definition - What does Pyrophoric mean?
Pyrophoric materials are substances that ignite instantly when exposed to oxygen. They can also have water-reactive properties, resulting in the production of heat and hydrogen (a flammable gas).
Pyrophoric materials can have other hazardous qualities, including:
- Organic peroxide formation
- Damage to liver, kidneys, or central nervous system
Safeopedia explains Pyrophoric
Examples of pyrophoric materials include:
- Metal hydrides
- Finely divided metal powders
- Non-metal hydride
- Alkyl compounds
- White phosphorus
- Alloys of reactive materials
- Organometallic compounds (including alkyllithiums)