International Chemical Safety Cards

ETHANE ICSC: 0266
ETHANE
(cylinder)
C2H6
Molecular mass: 30.1
CAS # 74-84-0
RTECS # KH3800000
ICSC # 0266
UN # 1035
EC # 601-002-00-X

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Extremely flammable.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Shut off supply; if not possible and no risk to surroundings, let the fire burn itself out; in other cases extinguish with water spray.
EXPLOSION Gas/air mixtures are explosive.
Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent build-up of electrostatic charges (e.g., by grounding) if in liquid state. Use non-sparking handtools.
In case of fire: keep cylinder cool by spraying with water. Combat fire from a sheltered position.
EXPOSURE


  • INHALATION
  • Simple axphyxiant.
    Ventilation.
    Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • ON CONTACT WITH LIQUID: FROSTBITE.
    Cold-insulating gloves. Protective clothing.
    ON FROSTBITE: rinse with plenty of water, do NOT remove clothes. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • ON CONTACT WITH LIQUID: FROSTBITE.
    Face shield.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION



  • SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Ventilation. NEVER direct water jet on liquid (extra personal protection: chemical suit with self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Cool.

    F+ symbol
    R: 12
    S: (2)-9-16-33
    UN Hazard Class: 2.1
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0266 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

    ETHANE ICSC: 0266

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS, COMPRESSED LIQUEFIED GAS, ODOURLESS WHEN PURE.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The gas mixes well with air, explosive mixtures are easily formed. As a result of flow, agitation, etc., electrostatic charges can be generated.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:


    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; mg/m3 simple axphyxiant (ACGIH 1995-1996).


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    On loss of containment this liquid evaporates very quickly causing supersaturation of the air with serious risk of suffocation when in confined areas.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    Rapid evaporation of the liquid may cause frostbite.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: -89C
    Melting point: -183C
    Solubility in water, ml/100 ml at 20C: 4.7
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: 3850
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 1.05
    Flash point: flammable gas
    Auto-ignition temperature: 472C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 3.0-12.5
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.81
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    High concentrations in the air cause a deficiency of oxygen with the risk of unconsciousness or death. Check oxygen content before entering area. Turn leaking cylinder with the leak up to prevent escape of gas in liquid state.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-868
    NFPA Code: H1; F4; R0
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0266 ETHANE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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