Isopropyl alcohol, also known as isopropanol or IPA, is a chemical found in many households and industries. Originally obtained as a by-product in petroleum refining, its many uses were quickly discovered. It is not only used as a disinfectant and antiseptic, but also as a solvent in laboratories and the electronics industry.

In contact with bacteria and viruses, isopropyl alcohol has a destructive effect, which is why it is often used in hand disinfectants and for cleaning medical equipment. However, not every concentration is equally effective: while it is often thought that a higher concentration is better, studies show that a 70% solution of isopropyl alcohol is often more effective at killing microorganisms than a 99% solution.

Isopropyl alcohol is a clear, volatile liquid that evaporates quickly at room temperature and has a pungent odour. It dissolves well in water and is often used as a solvent for many other substances.

In industry and in the household, isopropyl alcohol is used as a cleaning agent and disinfectant.

INDEX-Nr. : 603-117-00-0
CAS-Nr. : 67-63-0

Hazard statements:
H225 – Highly flammable liquid and vapor.
H319 – Causes serious eye irritation.
H336 – May cause drowsiness or dizziness.

Precautions for safe handling
Use personal protection equipment. Avoid breathing vapors or mists. Keep away from
heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. No smoking. Use
grounding and bonding connection when transferring this material to prevent static
discharge, fire or explosion. Use with local exhaust ventilation. Use spark-proof tools and
explosion-proof equipment. Keep in an area equipped with sprinklers. Use according to
package label instructions. Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety
practice. Avoid contact with skin, eyes or clothing. Do not eat, drink or smoke when using
this product. In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment.