Safety & Technical Support


Carbide Safety Training

Calcium carbide forms acetylene, a flammable gas, when it gets wet. Otherwise, working with calcium carbide is like working with lime. The rules and procedures for handling and storing calcium carbide are covered in our 1 hour training class. This class is recommended for any new employees who will be using or transporting carbide - and we also recommend a refresher class at least every two years.


The Carbide Safety Training is provided free of charge to our customers. Just contact our sales department to schedule. Here's a list of the topics that are covered:

    • Acetylene
    • Calcium Hydroxide
    • Health Data
    • Exposure Effects
    • First Aid
    • PPE
    • Common Packaging Features
    • Flo-bin Safety Features
    • Flo-bin Safe Use Procedure
    • Rules for Carbide Storage Areas
    • Responsibility
    • Dry Spills
    • Wet Spills
    • Fire Control
    • Common Safety Issues
    • Where to Get Assistance


Carbide Technical Training

It's one thing to make steel - to make money making steel, that's the hard part! Carbide Industries' well-traveled technical experts are available to provide technical training in the areas of steelmaking, slag conditioning, desulfurization, and clean steel technology.


These courses are designed to cover the basics in a way that is accessible and useful to shop floor personnel. There is an emphasis on not only how the different steelmaking processes fit together, but also how different job functions can help each other in improving the mill's bottom line. Discussion is highly encouraged.

Contact our sales department to find out more and schedule a training class.


Process Optimization

Another service we provide our customers is an analysis of their process to look for areas that could be made more productive and/or less costly. Of course, we like to show side-by-side comparisons of carbide with other materials, but we also use the same analytical techniques to examine other areas of customer interest such as ladle life, energy usage, steel cleanliness, and potential risk to downstream process quality.


We also work alongside our customers to trial carbide material versus control heats of standard or substitute materials. These trials are able to predict actual dollar savings from actual operations. They often illuminate other areas for improvement such as crew inconsistencies.

Please call or email our sales department for more information - see contact info below.


Safety Info

From the selections below you can view (in a new window) safety information about calcium carbide and its byproducts in various applications.

  • Safety Data Sheets (SDS), formerly known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), contain important information about the properties of our calcium carbide material that can affect safe transport, use, and disposal.
  • The Container Handling Booklet describes procedures for the safe use of bulk carbide containers. This information should be built into your SOP for container handling.
  • The Health and Safety Booklets contain a great deal of information about safely handling and using carbide in various applications.

All files are in Adobe's portable document format (.pdf) and open in a new window. To download the documents either right-click on your selection or save them to your disk after opening.


Product Info

From the selections below you can view (in a new window) basic information about the different calcium carbide grades. PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE NOT MATERIAL SPECIFICATIONS AND ARE PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY. Please contact our Sales Department to obtain actual Carbide Specification sheets.

All files are in Adobe's portable document format (.pdf) and open in a new window. To download the documents either right-click on your selection or save them to your disk after opening.



As part of our customer support mission, our technical team continually writes and updates reference materials designed to help you increase efficiency and reduce the cost of your manufacturing processes. From basic educational know-how, to ways and means to better utilize calcium carbide, to shipping and labeling regulations and other influences that may impact production or markets, we most likely have the documentation to help you out!


For example, our most popular items for customers include:

  • Calcium Carbide for Steelmaking and Slag Conditioning (Binder)
  • Calcium Carbide Bulk Dispensing Systems (Binder)
  • Fundamentals of Silicon-Manganese Deoxidation (White Paper)

Please contact our Sales Department to obtain your copy of these references and of course, if you have any questions about calcium carbide.

Please note: The above information - including all information contained and provided by this website - is based on data available to use and is believed to be correct. However, NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR ANY USE, OR ANY OTHER WARRANTY IS EXPRESSED OR TO BE IMPLIED regarding the accuracy of any of this information, the results to be obtained regarding the accuracy of the information, the results to be obtained from the use thereof, the hazards connected with the use of the material, or that any such use will not infringe any patent. Since the information contained herein may be applied under conditions beyond our control and with which we may be unfamiliar, we do not assume any responsibility for the results of its use. All information contained herein is furnished upon the condition that the person receiving it shall make his own determination of the suitability of the material for any particular purpose.