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BUTYL FORMATE ICSC: 0402
BUTYL FORMATE
Formic acid, butyl ester
n-Butyl formate
C5H10O2/HCOO(CH2)3CH3
Molecular mass: 102.1
CAS # 592-84-7 FIG30
RTECS # LQ5500000
ICSC # 0402
UN # 1128
EC # 607-017-00-8

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.
Foam, alcohol-resistant foam, powder, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Vapour/air mixtures are explosive.
Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent build-up of electrostatic charges (e.g., by grounding). Do NOT use compressed air for filling, discharging, or handling.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS!

  • INHALATION
  • Burning sensation. Cough. Drowsiness. Sore throat.
    Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Pain.
    Protective gloves.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.
    Safety goggles, 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 pain. 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
    Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent and remove to safe place. Do NOT wash away into sewer (extra personal protection: self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants.

    F symbol
    R: 11
    S: (2-)9-16-33
    Note: C
    UN Hazard Class: 3
    UN Packing Group: II
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0402 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1995

    International Chemical Safety Cards

    BUTYL FORMATE ICSC: 0402

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

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

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating or on burning, producing irritating fumes. Reacts violently with strong oxidants.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    No indication can be given about the rate in which a harmful concentration in the air is reached on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The vapour strongly irritates the eyes and the respiratory tract. The substance irritates the skin. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system. Exposure at high level may result in unconsciousness.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 107C
    Melting point: -90C
    Relative density (water = 1): 0.9
    Solubility in water: poor
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 25C: 4.0
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 3.5
    Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.1
    Flash point: 18C c.c.
    Auto-ignition temperature: 322C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.7-8
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.32
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    The relation between odour and the occupational exposure limit cannot be indicated.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-30G30.
    NFPA Code: H2; F3; R0
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0402 BUTYL FORMATE
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