Bretherick's Handbook of Reactive Chemical Hazards is an assembly of all reported risks such as explosion, fire, toxic or high-energy events that result from chemical reactions gone astray, with extensive referencing to the primary literature.
It is designed to improve safety in laboratories that perform chemical synthesis and general research, as well as chemical manufacturing plants. Entries are ordered by empirical formula and indexed under both name(s) and Chemical Abstracts Registry Numbers.
This two-volume compendium focuses on reactivity risks of chemicals, alone and in combination; toxicity hazards are only included for unexpected reactions giving volatile poisons
Dr Peter Urben is a now retired organic chemist of initially academic, later industrial, background who has undertaken practical work in many fields, at milligram to tonne scale, over more than forty years, (even neglecting juvenile essays in pyrotechny and blasting).
Volume 1 - Introduction; Reactive chemical hazards; SPECIFIC CHEMICALS (Elements and compounds arranged in formula order) Volume 2 - CLASSES, GROUPS AND TOPICS (Entries arranged in alphabetical order); Source title abbreviations used in references; tabulated fire related data; Glossary of abbreviations and technical terms; Index of chemical names and synonyms used in section 1; Index of class, group and topic titles used in section 2; Index of section 2 titles classified by type; Index of CAS registry numbers vs serial numbers in section 1