Polyethylene Compatibility Guide


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Polyethylene Compatibility Guide

G: good for long term storage at 100 F or lower
S: satisfactory for storage less than one year
N: do not store these compounds in polyethylene containers

A
Acetaldehyde (40%)GAluminum HydroxideGAmmonium Sulfate (10%)G
Acetamide Utylene LiquidGAlums (All Types)GAmmonium Sulfate Sat’dG
Acetic Acid (50%)GAmmonia (Anhydrous)GAmmonium Triocyanate Sat’dG
Acetic Acid AnhydrideSAmmonia (Aqueous)GAmyl AcetateG
Acetic EtherSAmmonia (100% Dry Gas)GAmyl Alcohol (100%)G
AcetoneGAmmonium SaltsGAmyl ChlorideN
Acetylene TetrabromideSAmmonium AcetateGAniline (100%)S
Acrylic EmulsionsSAmmonium DifluorideGAniline HydrochlorideS
AcrylonitrileGAmmonium Carbonate 50%GAnimal FatsG
Adipic AcidGAmmonium ChlorideGAnti-freezeG
Aliphatic Hydrocarbons (Hexane, Octane, Hexene, Octene, etc)GAmmonium Hydrogen Fluoride (50%)GAntimony SaltsG
AlkalineGAmmonium HydroxideGAntimony Trichloride 90%G
Allyl Alcohol (96%)GAmmonium Metaphosphate Sat’dGAqua RegiaN
Alum (Aqueous Solutions)GAmmonium Nitrate (10%)GAqueous Salt Solutions (NaCL)G
Aluminum Chloride (20%)GAmmonium Nitrate Sat’dGAqueous Alkalies (NaOH)G
Aluminum FluorideGAmmonium Persulfate Sat’dGArsenic AcidG
Aluminum Hydrogen Solution (10%)GAmmonium PhosphateGArsenic SaltsG
B
Barium SaltsGBenzenesulfonic AcidSBromoformN
Barium CarbonateGBenzoic AcidGButadieneG
Barium ChlorideGBenzyl AlcoholGButaneG
Barium CyanideGBenzyl ChloroformateGButanediol (100%)G
Barium HydroxideGBismuth SaltsGButanolG
Barium NitrateGBleach Lye (10%)SButyl AcetateG
Barium SulfateGBlack LiquorGButyl Alcohol (100%)G
Barium SulfideGBorax Cold Sat’dGButeneN
Battery Fluid, AcidSBoric Acid DiluteGButylene GlycolG
Beef Tallow Emulsion, SulfonatedGBoric Acid (Conc.)GButene LiquidN
BeerGBromine, LiquidNButyl PhenolN
BenzaldehydeGBromine, WaterNButyric AcidG
BenzeneGBromobenzeneN
C
Calcium CarbonateGCaustic Soda Sol (10%)GCopper SaltsG
Calcium ChlorideGChloral HydrateGCopper CyanideG
Calcium HydroxideGChloroethanolGCopper NitrateG
Calcium HypochloriteGChloroformNCopper SulfateG
Calcium Nitrate (50%)GChloromethaneNCorn OilG
Calcium SulfateGChlorosulfonic Acid 100%NCottonseed OilG
Camphor OilNChrome Alum Sat’dGCresol (90%)G
Carbon BisulfideNChromic Acid (50%)SCresylic AcidG
Carbonic Acid (AQ, CO2)GCidarGCrotonic AldehydeG
Carbon MonoxideGCitric Acid (All Conc)GCuprous Chloride Sat'dG
Carbon TetrachlorideNClorox BleachGCyclohexanoneG
Castor Oil, ConcGCoconut Oil AlcoholsGCyclohexanolG
Caustic (Aqueous)GCola ConcentratesGChclohexanoneS
Caustic Potash Sol (50%)GCompressed Air-Conditioning OilG
D
Detergents, GeneralGDichloroacetic Acid, Methyl EsterGDiethylene GlycolG
Developer, PhotographicGDichlorobenzene, LiquidNDiethanolamineS
Dextrin Sat’dGDichloroethyleneNDimethyl FormamideS
Dextrose Sat’dGDiesel FuelSDinonyl PhthalateN
Dibutyl EtherNDiesel OilSDioctyl PhthalateN
Dibutyl PhthalateSDiethyl CarbonateGDioxaneG
Dibutyl sebacateSDisodium PhosphateGDiphenyl OxideN
Dichloroacetic AcidSDiazo SaltsG
E
ElectrolyteGEthyl Acetate (100%)SEthylene ChlorohydrinG
Emulsions, PhotographicGEthyl AlcoholGEthylene DiamineG
EthanolGEthyl ButyrateSEthylene DichlorideN
EtherNEthyl ChlorideNEthylene GlycolG
Ethylene OxideN
F
Fatty AcidsGFertilizer SaltsGFormic Acid (All Conc)G
Fatty Alcohol, SulfonateGFish SolubiesGFruit PulpG
Ferric SaltsGFluoboric AcidGFuel OilG
Ferric SulfateGFluosilicic Acid (All Conc)GFurfural (100%)
G
Ferrous SaltsGFormaldehyde (40%)GFurfuryl AlcoholN
Ferrous SulfateGFormamide
G
G
Gallic Acid Sat’dGGinLGlycolG
GasolineGGluconic Acid (All Conc)GGlycol EthersG
GasoholGGlucoseGGlycolic Acid (All Conc)G
GelatineGGlycerineGGrape Sugar Sat’s AQG
H
Heptane
GHydrozine Hydrochloride
GHydrogen Bromide (10%)
G
Hexana
GHydroiodic Acid (All Conc)
GHydrogen Peroxide (90%)
G
Hexanol Tert
GHydrobromic Acid (50%)
GHydrogen Phosphide (100%)
G
Hydrozine Hydrate
GHydrocyanic Acid Sat’d
GHydroquinone
G
Hydrosulfite (10%)
GHydrochloric Acid (All Conc)
GHydrogen Sulfide

G
Hydroxyiamine Sulfate

GHydrofluoric Acid (All Conc)
GHypochlorous AcidG
Hydrozine (35%)GHydrofluorisilicic Acid (All conc)
G
I
Inks
GIso-Octane
SIsopropyl Alcohol
G
Iodine (Alc Sol) Conc
GIsopropyl Acetate
GIsopropyl Ether
N
Iron Salts
G
J
Jet FuelS
K
KeroseneS
L
Lactic Acid (All Conc)
G
Lead SaltsGLinseed OilG
Lanolin
GLead Acetate Sat’d
GLithium Salts
G
Latex
GLime
GLube OiG
M
Magnesium Salts
GMercury
GMethyl Isopropyl Ketone
S
Magnesium Carbonate
GMethanol
GMethyl Sulfate
G
Magnesium Hydroxide
GMethyl Acetate
GMethyl Sulfuric Acid (All Conc)
G
Magnesium Nitrate
GMethyl Alcohol (100%)
GMilk
G
Magnesium Oxide
GMethyl Amine (32%)
GMineral Oils
G
Magnesium Sulfate
GMethyl Bromide
NMolasses
G
Malic Acid
GMethyl Chloride
NMonochloroacetic Acid Ethyl Ester
G
Malic Acid (1%)
GMethylene Chloride
NMethyl EsterG
Mercuric Salts
GMethyl Ethyl Ketone

SMorpholine
G
Mercurous Salts
GMethyl Isobutyl KetoneSMowilith D
G
N
Naptha
SNicotine Dilute
GNitrobenzene

S
Naphthalene
SNicotine Acid
GNitrotolueneS
Nickel Salts
GNitric Acid (50%)
G
O
Octyl Cresol
GOleum conc
NOrange Extract

G
Oils and Fats
GOlive Oil
GOxalic Acid (All Conc)G
Oleic Acid (All Conc)
G
P
Palmitic Acid
NPickling Baths Sulfuric AcidGPotassium IodineG
Palm Oil
SPicric Acid (1%)
GPotassium Nitrate Sat’d
G
Paraffin Emulsions
GPlating Solutions:
---Brass
---Cadmium
---Copper
---Gold
---Indium
---Lead
---Nickel
---Rhodium
---Silver
---Tin
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
G
L
Potassium Perborate Sat’d
G
Paraffin Oil
GPotashGPotassium Perchlorate
G
Perchloric Acid (50%)
GPotassium/Aluminum Sulfates (50%)
GPotassium Permanganate
G
Perchloroethylene
NPotassium Bichromate


GPotassium Persulfate Sat’d
G
Petroleum
GPotassium Borate (10%)
GPotassium Phosphates
G
Petroleum Ether
SPotassium BromideGPotassium Sulfate
G
Phenol (10%)
SPotassium ChlorateGPropanoi
G
Phenythydrazine
NPotassium ChlorideGPropargyl Alcohol (7%)
G
Phosphoric Acid (All Conc)
GPotassium ChromateGPropionic Acid (50%)
G
Phosphorus Chlorides
SPotassium CynideGPropyl Alcohol
G
Phosphorus Yellow (100%)
GPotassium Dichromate (40%)GPropylene Dichloride (100%)
G
Phosphorus Pentoxide
GPotassium Ferricyanide Sat’dGPropylene Glycol
G
Photographic Solutions
GPotassium Ferrocyanide Sat’d
GPropylene Oxide

G
Phthalic Acid (All Conc)
GPotassium Fluoride
GPyridineS
Phthalic Any Hydride
GPotassium HydroxideG
R
Rayon Coagulation Salts

GRust InhibitorsG
S
Sea WaterGSodium Bromide Dilute SolGSodium Sulfate
G
Selenic AcidGSodium CarbonateGSodium Sulfide
G
SewageGSodium ChlorateGSodium Sulfite
G
ShorteningGSodium ChlorideGSodium Sulfonates
G
Silicic AcidGSodium Chlorite
GSodium Thiosulfate
G
Silicone OilGSodium ChromateGSpindle Oil
N
Silver SaltsGSodium DisulfiteGStannic Salts
G
Silver NitrateGSodium Dithlonite (10%)GStannous Salts
G
Soap solution (All Conc)GSodium FerricyanideGStarch Solution Sat’d
G
Soda AshGSodium Ferrocyanide Sat’dGStearing Acid (All Conc)
G
Sodium SaltsGSodium Fluoride Sat’dGSuccinic Acid
G
Sodium Acetates Sat’dGSodium Hydroxide (Conc)GSugar Solutions:
Glucose
Lactose
Sucrose, Etc
G
G
G
Sodium AcrylatesGSodium HypochloriteGSulfur
G
Sodium BenzoateGSodium IodineGSulfuric Acid (98%)
G
Sodium BicarbonateGSodium NitrateGSulfuric Acid, Fuming
N
Sodium Bisulfate (10%)GSodium Oxalate
GSulfurous Acid

G
Sodium Bisulfate
GSodium Persulfate
GSulfuryl ChlorideN
Sodium Bromate

SSodium PhosphateG
Sodium BromideGSodium SilicateG
T
Tallow
GThionyl Chloride
NTrichloroethylene
N
Tanning Acid
GTin Salts
GTricresyl Phosphate
G
Tanning Extracts
GTitanium Salts
STriethanolamine
G
Tartaric Acid Sat’d
GToluene
STrioctylphosphine
N
Tetrachloroethane
NToluene Sulfonic Acid (All Conc)
STrisodium Phosphate Sat’d
G
Tetrachloroethylene
NTransformer Oil
GTrichloroethylene
N
Tetraethyl Lead
GTributylphosphate
GTurpentine Oil
N
Tetrahydrofurane
NTrichloroacetic Acid

S
Tetrahydronaphthalene
NTrichloroethaneN
U
Urea

GUrineG
V
Vegetable Oils

GVinegar
GVanilla ExtractG
W
Wax Alcohol
NWhiskey

GWineG
Wetting Agents
GWhite Acid (75%)
G
X
XyleneN
Y
YeastG
Z
Zinc Salts

GZinc SulfateG