International Chemical Safety Cards

FUMARIC ACID ICSC: 1173
FUMARIC ACID
(E)-2-Butenedioic acid
trans-1,2-Ethylenedicarboxylic acid
Allomaleic acid
Boletic acid
C4H4O4 / COOH-CH=CHCOOH
Molecular mass: 116.1
CAS # 110-17-8
RTECS # LS9625000
ICSC # 1173
EC # 607-146-00-X

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames.
Powder, water spray, foam, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.

EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough. Sore throat.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest.
  • SKIN
  • Redness.
    Protective gloves.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety goggles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal cramps. Diarrhoea. Nausea.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Give plenty of water to drink. Rest.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles).


    Xi symbol
    R: 36
    S: (2-)26
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    ICSC: 1173 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

    FUMARIC ACID ICSC: 1173

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    ODOURLESS, COLOURLESS CRYSTALLINE POWDER.

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

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    On combustion, forms irritating fumes of maleic anhydride.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body 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:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Sublimation point: 200C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.63
    Solubility in water: 0.63 g/100 ml at 25C
    Auto-ignition temperature: 740C (powder)C
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Melting point 287C (closed capillary, rapid heating); partial carbonization and formation of maleic anhydride occur at 230C (open vessel). Health effects of exposure to the substance have been investigated, but none has been found.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 1173 FUMARIC ACID
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