Chemical Chart - Secondary Spill Containment Berm


Use this Chart as a General Guide Only. Test each chemical first before storing in plastic. The first letter of each pair represents the resistance rating at 20 degrees Celsius; the second at 50 degrees Celsius.

E — No Damage after 30 days of constant exposure.
G — Little or no damage after 30 days of constant exposure.
F — Some effect after seven days of constant exposure. Depending on the plastic, the effect may be cracking, crazing, and loss of strength or discoloration. Solvents may cause softening, swelling and permeation losses with HDPE; the solvent effects on these materials are normally reversible.
N — Not recommended for continuous use. Immediate damage may occur. Depending on the plastic, the effect will be severe cracking, crazing, loss of strength, discoloration, deformation, dissolution or permeation loss.


Chemicals can affect the weight, strength, color, dimensions, flexibility and surface appearance of plastics. The basic models of interaction that cause these changes are: (1) chemical attack on the polymer chain, with resultant reduction in physical properties, including oxidation reaction of functional groups in, or on, the chain, with resultant reduction in physical properties, including oxidation; reaction of functional groups, in or on the chain; and depolymerization; (2) physical change, including absorption of solvents, resulting in softening and swelling of the plastic; permeation of solvent through the plastic; or dissolution in a solvent; and (3) stress-cracking from the interaction of a "stress-cracking agent" with molded-in or external stresses.
The reaction combination of compounds of two or more classes may cause a synergistic or undesirable chemical effect. Other factors affecting chemical resistance include temperature, pressure, internal or external stresses (such as centrifugation), and length of exposure to and concentration of the chemical. As temperature increases, resistance to attack decreases.

Acetaldehyde GF
Acetamide, sat. EE
Acetic Acid, 5% EE
Acetic Acid, 50% EE
Acetone NN
Acetonitrile EE
Acrylonitrile EE
Adipic acid EE
Alanine EE
Allyl Alcohol EE
Aluminum Hydroxide EE
Aluminum Salts EE
Amino Acids EE
Ammonia EE
Ammonium Acetate, sat. EE
Ammonium Glycolate EE
Ammonium Hydroxide, 5% EE
Ammonium Hyrdoxide, 30% EE
Ammonium Oxalate EE
Ammonium Salts EE
n-Amyl Acetate EG
Amyl Chloride FN
Aniline EG
Banzaldehyde EE
Benzene NN
Benzoic Acid, sat. EE
Benzyl Acetate EE
Benzyl Alcohol FN
Bromine FN
Bromobenzene FN
Bromoform NN
Butadiene FN
n-Butyl Acetate EG
n-Butyl Alcohol EE
sec-Butyl Alcohol EE
tert-Butyl Alcohol EE
Butyric Acid FN
Calcium Hypochlorite, Sat. EE
Cabazole EE
Carbon Disulfide NN
Carbon tetrachloride GF
Cedarwood oil FN
Cellosolve Acetate EE
Chlorine, 10% in air EF
Chlorine, 10% (moist) GF
Chloroacetic Acid EE
p-Chloroacetophenone EE
Chloroform FN
Chromic Acid, 10% EE
Chromic Acid, 50% EE
Cinnamon Oil FN
Citric Acid, 10% EE
Cresol FN
Cyclohexane FN
DeCalin EG
o-Dichlorobenzene FF
p-Dichlorobenzene GF
Diethyl Benzene FN
Diethyl Ether FN
Diethyl Ketone NN
Diethyl Malonate EE
Diethylene Glycol EE
Diethylene Glycol Ethyl Ether EE
Dimethyl Formamide EE
Dimethylsulfoxide EE
1,4-Dioxane GG
Dipropylene Glycol EE
Ether FN
Ethyl Acetate EE
Ethyl Alcohol (absolute) EE
Ethyl Alcohol, 40% EE
Ethyl Benzene GF
Ethyl Benzoate GG
Ethyl Butyrate GF
Ethyl Chloride, liquid FN
Ethyl Cyanoacetate EE
Ethyl Lactate EE
Ethylene Chloride GF
Ethylene Glycol EE
Ethylene Glycol Methyl Ether EE
Ethylene Oxide GF
Fluorides EE
Fluorine GN
Formaldehyde, 10% EE
Formaldehyde, 40% EE
Formic Acid, 3% EE
Formic Acid, 50% EE
Formic Acid, 98-100% EE
Freon TF EG
Fuel Oil GF
Gasoline GG
Glacial Acetic Acid EE
Glycerine EE
n-Heptane GF
Hydrochloric Acid, 1-5% EE
Hydrocloric Acid, 20% EE
Hydrochloric Acid, 35% EE
Hydrofluoric Acid, 4% EE
Hydrofluoric Acid, 48% EE
Hydrogen Peroxide, 3% EE
Hydrogen Peroxide, 30% EE
Hydrogen Peroxide, 90% EE
Isobutyl Alcohol EE
Isopropyl Acetate EG
Isopropyl Alcohol EE
Isopropyl Benzene GF
Kerosene GG
Lactic Acid, 3% EE
Lactic Acid, 85% EE
Methoxyethyl Oleate EE
Methyl Alcohol EE
Methyl Ethyl Ketone NN
Methyl Isobutyl Ketone NN
Methyl Propyl Ketone EG
Methylene Chloride FN
Mineral Oil EE
Nitric Acid, 1-10% EE
Nitric Acid, 50% GN
Nitric Acid, 70% GN
Perchloroethylene NN
Phenol, Chrystals GF
Phosphoric Acid, 1-5% EE
Phosphoric Acid, 85% EE
Pine Oil EG
Potassium Hydroxide, 1% EE
Potassium Hydroxide, conc. EE
Propane Gas FN
Propylene Glycol EE
Propylene Oxide EE
Resorcinol, sat. EE
Resorcinol, 5% EE
Salicylaldehyde EE
Salicylic Acid, powder EE
Salicylic Acid, sat. EE
Salt Solutions, metallic EE
Silver Acetate EE
Silver Nitrate EE
Sodium Acetate, sat. EE
Sodium Hydroxide, 1% EE
Sodium Hydroxide, 50% to sat EE
Sodium Hypochlorite, 15% EE
Stearic Acid, crystals EE
Sulfuric Acid, 1-6% EE
Sulfuric Acid, 20% EE
Sulfuric Acid, 60% EE
Sulfuric Acid, 98% GG
Sulfur Dioxide, liq., 46psi FN
Sulfuric Dioxide, wet or dry EE
Sulfur Salts GF
Tartaric Acid EE
Tetrahydrofuran GF
Thionyl Chloride NN
Toluene GG
Tributyl Citrate EG
Trichloroethane FN
Trichloroethylene FN
Triethylene Glycol EE
Tripropylene Glycol EE
Trupentine GG
Undecyl Alcohol EG
Urea EE
Vinylidene Chloride FN
Xylene GF
Zinc Stearate EE



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