International Chemical Safety Cards

PARAFORMALDEHYDE ICSC: 0767
PARAFORMALDEHYDE
Polyoxymethylene
Paraform/formagen
(CH2O)n / HO(CH2O)nH
CAS # 30525-89-4
RTECS # RV0540000
ICSC # 0767
UN # 2213
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 71C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed. Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Above 71C use a closed system, ventilation. Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough. Sore throat.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety goggles, or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION

  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Induce vomiting (ONLY IN CONSCIOUS PERSONS!). Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: A/P2 filter respirator for organic vapour and harmful dust).
    Separated from strong oxidants, strong bases, strong acids. Cool. Dry. Keep in a well-ventilated room.
    Airtight.
    UN Hazard Class: 4.1
    UN Packing Group: III
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0767 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

    PARAFORMALDEHYDE ICSC: 0767

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    WHITE SOLID IN VARIOUS FORMS , WITH PUNGENT ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating or on contact with oxidants, acids and bases producing flammable formaldehyde.

    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:
    Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 120-180C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.46
    Solubility in water: slow in cold water, evolution of formaldehyde
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 25C: <0.2
    Flash point: 71C c.c.
    Auto-ignition temperature: 300C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 7.0-73.0
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.
    N O T E S
    TLV for formaldehyde: C0.3 ppm; C0.37 mg/m3 A2 (ACGIH 1995-1996). Also consult ICSC # 0275 (formaldehyde).
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-41G10
    NFPA Code: H2; F1; R0;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0767 PARAFORMALDEHYDE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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