The Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW) is a free software program you can use to find out about the chemical reactivity of thousands of common hazardous chemicals. (Reactivity is the tendency of substances to undergo chemical change, which can result in hazards—such as heat generation or toxic gas byproducts.) The CRW predicts possible hazards from mixing chemicals and is designed to be used by emergency responders and planners, as well as the chemical industry, to help prevent dangerous chemical incidents.
The chemical datasheets in the CRW database contain information about the intrinsic hazards of each chemical and about whether a chemical reacts with air, water, or other materials. It also includes case histories on specific chemical incidents, with references.
You can also create your own custom chemical datasheets, as you might do, for instance, if your facility produces a proprietary chemical that is not in the CRW database.
The CRW also includes a reactivity prediction worksheet that you use to virtually "mix" chemicals to simulate accidental chemical mixtures, such as in the case of a train derailment, to learn what dangers could arise from the accidental mixing. For example, if the reaction is predicted to generate gases, the CRW will list the potential gaseous products, along with literature citations related to the prediction.
More Information about the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet
NOAA has partnered with chemical industry experts to release a major update to the CRW (CRW version 3.0). This newest version of the program is the result of a two-year-long collaboration between NOAA chemical response specialists and expert chemists from the Dow Chemical Company.
All versions of the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW) were developed by NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Center for Chemical Process Safety.
Chemical Reactivity Worksheet Fact Sheet [PDF, 967 KB]: Learn more about basic features of the CRW in this short fact sheet.
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