PROBLEM: A manufacturing plant spilled a 1200 lb. sack of hazardous chemicals. An emergency acid spill clean up was requested.


Inhalation and skin contact with Maleic anhydride acid can have serious adverse effects. Exposure may lead to severe irritation and burns on the skin and eyes, potentially causing eye damage. Inhalation of Maleic anhydride acid can irritate the nose, throat, and lungs, resulting in symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing.

SOLUTION: HazChem responded promptly to neutralize and dispose of the threat.

emergency acid clean up

Our crew donned Level “C” Tyvec Suits with Air Purifying Respirators.

spilled Maleic acid was put into drums

The spilled Maleic acid was put into drums.

clean up hazmat spill

The crew laid down Sodium Bicarbonate to neutralize ground.

HazChem Team properly labelled all drums and removed them from the site for proper disposal.

What is Maleic Anyhydride and How is it Used?

Maleic anhydride is primarily used as a precursor in the production of various chemicals and materials. Some common uses include:

  1. Polymer Production: Maleic anhydride is a versatile intermediate in the production of various polymers and copolymers. For example, it is used in the synthesis of unsaturated polyester resins, which find applications in fiberglass-reinforced plastics, coatings, adhesives, and composite materials.
  2. Chemical Intermediates: It serves as a key building block for the synthesis of other chemicals and compounds. For instance, it can be used to produce maleic acid, fumaric acid, succinic acid, and various specialty chemicals.
  3. Surfactants and Coatings: Maleic anhydride derivatives are utilized in the production of surfactants, coatings, and adhesives. These materials find applications in various industries, including paints and coatings, adhesives, and construction materials.
  4. Paper Sizing: Maleic anhydride derivatives are sometimes used in the paper industry as sizing agents to improve the water resistance and printability of paper products.

why choose hazchem

HazChem Prioritizes Prompt & Effective Emergency Response:

Emergency spills present significant environmental and public health hazards, emphasizing the importance of prompt and effective response measures to contain the spill, mitigate its impacts, and prevent further contamination of soil, water, and air.

HazChem will keep you in compliance with the regulations and help protect you from further liability. With over 30 years in the waste management business, we are trustworthy, safe, reliable, and compliant. Learn more about HazChem Emergency Rapid Response.

SUPER-FAST 60-Minute Response Time

We understand the urgent and critical nature of your call for service. Our Emergency Rapid Response Teams are ready, willing, and able to respond quickly to remedy your emergency spill situation. Our Emergency Response Vehicles are pre-loaded with 90% of the equipment needed for any emergency situation. The final 10% will be added for your particular needs. This advance preparation enables us to deploy a Team within 60 minutes or less from our facility. Based upon our clients’ feedback, this is far better than the typical response time from most of our competitors. Their response is usually measured in multiple hours, and sometimes days or even weeks. Our Team is always ready to deploy, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, rain or shine, including holidays. We do not rely on automated answering systems for our main phone line (630) 458-1910. Instead, we guarantee that a live person will answer your call, regardless of whether it is a weekend, holiday, or any other day.

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