International Chemical Safety Cards

PROPIONITRILE ICSC: 0320
PROPIONITRILE
Propanenitrile
Ethyl cyanide
Cyanoethane
C3H5N/CH3CH2CN
Molecular mass: 55.1
CAS # 107-12-0
RTECS # UF9625000
ICSC # 0320
UN # 2404

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Highly flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking. NO contact with hot surfaces.
Powder, AFFF, foam, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Vapour/air mixtures are explosive.
Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Do NOT use compressed air for filling, discharging, or handling.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
STRICT HYGIENE!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
  • INHALATION
  • Confusion. Dizziness. Dullness. Headache. Nausea. Vomiting.
    Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention. See Notes.
  • SKIN
  • MAY BE ABSORBED! Dry skin. Pain.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
  • EYES
  • Severe deep burns.
    Safety spectacles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Unconsciousness (further see Inhalation).
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
    Rinse mouth. Induce vomiting (ONLY IN CONSCIOUS PERSONS!). 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 (extra personal protection: self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants, acids, food and feedstuffs.
    Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    UN Hazard Class: 3
    UN Subsidiary Risks: 6.1
    UN Packing Group: II
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0320 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

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

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The vapour mixes well with air, explosive mixtures are easily formed.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating producing toxic fumes including nitrogen oxides and hydrogen cyanide. Reacts violently with strong oxidants causing fire and explosion hazard. Reacts with acids, steam, warm water giving off toxic and flammable hydrogen cyanide.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapour, through the skin and by ingestion.

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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance may cause effects on the iron metabolism , resulting in asphyxia. Exposure may result in unconsciousness, cardiac dysrhythmia and death. The effects may be delayed. Medical observation is indicated.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 97C
    Melting point: -92C
    Relative density (water = 1): 0.78
    Solubility in water, g/100 ml at 20C: 10
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: 5.2
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 1.9
    Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.05
    Flash point: 6C c.c.
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 3.1-?
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 0.16
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    This substance may be hazardous to the environment; special attention should be given to water organisms.
    N O T E S
    Specific treatment is necessary in case of poisoning with this substance; the appropriate means with instructions must be available. Do NOT take working clothes home.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-30G45
    NFPA Code: H 4; F 3; R 1;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0320 PROPIONITRILE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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