International Chemical Safety Cards

CHLOROMETHYL METHYL ETHER ICSC: 0238
CHLOROMETHYL METHYL ETHER
Dimethylchloroether
Chloromethoxymethane
CH3OCH2CI
Molecular mass: 80.5
CAS # 107-30-2
RTECS # KN6650000
ICSC # 0238
UN # 1239
EC # 603-075-00-3
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Extremely flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water in large amounts, carbon dioxide. Water may be ineffective.
EXPLOSION Vapour/air mixtures are explosive.
Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS! AVOID ALL CONTACT!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
  • INHALATION
  • Burning sensation. Cough. Dizziness. Headache. Laboured breathing. Nausea. Sore throat.
    Closed system and ventilation.
    Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Skin burns. Pain. Blisters.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Blurred vision. Loss of vision. Severe deep burns.
    Face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal cramps. Vomiting (further see Inhalation).
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Ventilation. Collect leaking liquid in sealable containers. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent and remove to safe place. Do NOT wash away into sewer (extra personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Provision to contain effluent from fire extinguishing. Separated from food and feedstuffs.
    Unbreakable packaging; put breakable packaging into closed unbreakable container. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    F symbol
    T symbol
    R: 45-11-20/21/22
    S: 53-9-16-44
    UN Hazard Class: 6.1
    UN Subsidiary Risks: 3
    UN Packing Group: I
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    ICSC: 0238 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

    International Chemical Safety Cards

    CHLOROMETHYL METHYL ETHER ICSC: 0238

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS LIQUID , WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The vapour is heavier than air and may travel along the ground; distant ignition possible.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    On combustion, forms toxic gases and vapours (phosgene - see ICSC # 0007 and hydrogen chloride - see ICSC # 0163). The substance decomposes on contact with water producing hydrogen chloride and formaldehyde (see ICSC # 0275). Attacks many metals in presence of water.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapour.

    INHALATION RISK:
    A harmful contamination of the air can be reached rather quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of the substance may cause lung oedema (see Notes).

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Lungs may be affected by repeated or prolonged exposure. This substance is carcinogenic to humans.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 59C
    Melting point: -104C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.06
    Solubility in water: decomposes
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: about 25.3
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.8
    Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): About 1.4
    Flash point: -17.8C
    Auto-ignition temperature: see Notes
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: see Notes
    ENVIRONMENTAL
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    NOTES
    ACGIH classified this substance as A2 (suspected human carcinogen). The auto-ignition temperature is unknown in literature. Explosive limits are unknown in literature. The symptoms of lung oedema often do not become manifest until a few hours have passed and they are aggravated by physical effort. Rest and medical observation are therefore essential. Do NOT use in the vicinity of a fire or a hot surface, or during welding. Check for peroxides prior to distillation; render harmless if positive.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-30G32
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0238 CHLOROMETHYL METHYL ETHER
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