Inmark Packaging | Specimen Transport

Compatibility Guide

Selecting the correct material for your package is important to ensure product compatibility. Below are characteristics for the most common resins.

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    • LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene
    • HDPE - High Density Polyethylene
    • PP - Polypropylene
    • PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride
    • PET - Polyethylene Terephthalate
    • PS - Polystyrene
    • A - Satisfactory
    • B - Probably Satisfactory
    • C - No Information Available
    • D - Unsatisfactory

Chemical Guidelines For Plastics

ChemicalLDPEHDPEPPPVCPETPS
Acetic Acid, glacialBAADDD
AcetoneBAADDD
Alcohol: EthylBAAAAB
Alcohol: MethylAAAAAA
Alcohol: N-PropylAAAAAB
Aliphatic (Straight Chain) HydrocarbonsDBBAAD
Ammonia 28%BAAACB
Battery ElectrolyteAAABBB
Benzene, Xylene and other Aromatic HydrocarbonsDDDDDD
Bromine, liquidDDBDDD
ChemicalLDPEHDPEPPPVCPETPS
Carbon Tetrachloride and other Chlorinated HydrocarbonsDDDDDD
Chromic Acid 40% or aboveBAAACD
Chromic Acid below 40%AAAAAB
Dipropylene GlycolAAAACA
Ethers, simpleDDDBCD
Ethyl Acetate and other Simple EstersBBBDDD
Ethylene GlycolAAAABA
Formaldehyde 36%AAAACD
Formic AcidAAAACB
GasolineDBBBBD
ChemicalLDPEHDPEPPPVCPETPS
HexachloropheneBACBCC
Hydrobromic Acid 48%AABACB
Hydrochloric (muriatic) Acid 36% or 22.4º BeAAAABB
Hydrofluoric Acid up to 52%AAAACD
Hydrofluosilicic Acid up to 26%AACCCB
Hydrogen Peroxide up to 30%AAAAAB
Kerosene, Naphtha, Mineral Spirits, Petroleum, Distillate or Stoddard SolventDBCBBD
MEK PeroxideCACDCD
Mercury, metalAAAACA
Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK)BBBDDD
ChemicalLDPEHDPEPPPVCPETPS
Nitric Acid 20-70%BBBACD
Nitric Acid under 20%AAAAAD
Oxalic AcidAAAACA
PhenolBBABDD
Phosphoric Acid 85% or 59º BeAAAACB
Potassium HydroxideAAAACB
Quaternary Ammonium Salt SolutionsAAAACB
Sodium HydroxideAAAABB
Sodium Hypochlorite 7-15% available ChlorideAABACB
Sodium Hypochlorite to 6% available ChlorideAAAACB
ChemicalLDPEHDPEPPPVCPETPS
Sulphuric Acid, cond. to 93% or 66º BeBBABDD
TrichloroethaneDDBAAD
TurpentineDDBAAD
WaterAAAAAA
The information provided above is intended to provide a relative comparison of plastic resins and should only be used as guide during the selection process. It is not possible to determine if the containers we sell are suitable for your application based solely on the information above. Compatibility testing is, and will always be, the final determining factor in the container selection process. It is the buyer's responsibility to make the final determination as to whether a given container, closure, and accessory is suitable for use in their application.