International Chemical Safety Cards

ETHYLENE ICSC: 0475
ETHYLENE
Ethene
(cylinder)
C2H4/CH2=CH2
Molecular mass: 28.0
CAS # 74-85-1 1
RTECS # KU5340000
ICSC # 0475
UN # 1962
EC # 601-010-00-3
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). Use non-sparking handtools.
In case of fire: keep cylinder cool by spraying with water. Combat fire from a sheltered position.
EXPOSURE


  • INHALATION
  • Drowsiness. Unconsciousness.
    Ventilation.
    Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN



  • EYES



  • INGESTION



  • SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Evacuate danger area! Ventilation. Eliminate ignition sources and turn off gas at source if possible (extra personal protection: chemical suit with self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants.

    F+ symbol
    R: 12
    S: (2-)9-16-33
    UN Hazard Class: 2.1
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    ICSC: 0475 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

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS COMPRESSED GAS , WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The gas is lighter than air. As a result of flow, agitation, etc., electrostatic charges can be generated.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance may polymerize to form aromatic compounds under the influence of temperatures above 600C. Reacts with strong oxidants causing fire and explosion hazard.

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


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    On loss of containment this gas can cause suffocation by lowering the oxygen content of the air in confined areas.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    Exposure may result in lowering of consciousness.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: -104C
    Melting point: -169.2C
    Solubility in water: none
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 15C: 8100
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 0.98
    Flash point: flammable gas
    Auto-ignition temperature: 490C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 2.7-36.0
    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.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-136
    NFPA Code: H1; F4; R2;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0475 ETHYLENE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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