International Chemical Safety Cards

MAGNESIUM CARBONATE ICSC: 0969
MAGNESIUM CARBONATE
Magnesite
Carbonic acid, magnesium salt
MgCO3
Molecular mass: 84.3
CAS # 546-93-0
RTECS # OM2470000
ICSC # 0969

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough.
    Avoid inhalation of fine dust and mist. Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest.
  • SKIN

  • Protective gloves.
    Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES

  • Safety spectacles.

  • INGESTION



  • SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into covered containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).
    Separated from acids.

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    ICSC: 0969 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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    MAGNESIUM CARBONATE ICSC: 0969

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    WHITE POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating producing acrid smoke and irritating fumes. Reacts with acids liberating carbon dioxide gas.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 10 mg/m3 (as TWA) (ACGIH 1995-1996).


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly on spraying or when dispersed, especially if powdered.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:


    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    The substance may have effects on the lungs if the magnesite contains more than 1% crystalline silica.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 350C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.95
    Solubility in water, g/100 ml: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    If magnesite contains >1% crystalline silica, also consult ICSC # 0808.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0969 MAGNESIUM CARBONATE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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