How to Handle Chlorine Gas Safely Chlorine gas is greenish-yellow and smells like bleach. It is highly corrosive and reacts violently with petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, oil, solvents, and turpentine. Chlorine can also react with carbon monoxide and other combustion products to make highly toxic and corrosive gases. Chlorine gas weighs about 2.5 times more than air and will settle in low-lying areas unless there is sufficient wind to disperse it.
Chlorine Fact Sheet Chlorine is a yellow-green gas with a strong, irritating odor. It can be a liquid under pressure or in cold temperatures. It is used as a bleach and disinfectant in water purification and seage treatment, and in making other chlorinated chemicals.
Chlorine Safety: A 5-Minute Safety Aid Exposure to concentrated amounts of chlorine can be toxic and cause irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, and mucous membranes. Chlorine need not be a serious hazard if the people working with it are properly trained in its handling.
Chlorine Handbook This handbook outlines recommended methods for handling, storing, and using chlorine. It also includes information on the manufacture and physical properties of chlorine.
Water and Wastewater Operators Chlorine Handbook This manual is intended to provide basic information on chlorine safety for treatment plant personnel. Throughout this text, the reader is referred to other Chlorine Institute (CI) publications for technical topics requiring detailed explanations of the subject matter or for subjects of specific interest.