International Chemical Safety Cards

LINDANE ICSC: 0053
LINDANE
gamma-1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexachlorocyclohexane
gamma-BHC
gamma-HCH
C6H6Cl6
Molecular mass: 290.8
CAS # 58-89-9
RTECS # GV4900000
ICSC # 0053
UN # 2761
EC # 602-043-00-6
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Liquid formulations containing organic solvents may be flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION Risk of fire and explosion if formulations contain flammable/explosive solvents.

In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION
  • Convulsions. Cough. Dizziness. Headache. Nausea. Weakness. Tremors. Paresthesias. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
    Avoid inhalation of fine dust and mist. Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • MAY BE ABSORBED!
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention. Wear protective gloves when administering first aid.
  • EYES
  • Redness.
    Face shield, 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. Diarrhoea (further see Inhalation).
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Give a slurry of activated charcoal in water to drink. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give plenty of water to drink. Rest. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Do NOT wash away into sewer. Sweep spilled substance into non-metallic sealable containers, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P3 filter respirator for toxic particles).
    Provision to contain effluent from fire extinguishing. Separated from bases, food and feedstuffs and metals.
    Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    T symbol
    N symbol
    R: 23/24/25-36/38-50/53
    S: (1/2-)13-45-60-61
    UN Hazard Class: 6.1
    UN Packing Group: III
    Severe marine pollutant.
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0053 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

    LINDANE ICSC: 0053

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    ODOURLESS, WHITE CRYSTALLINE POWDER.




    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    On contact with hot surfaces or flames this substance decomposes forming toxic and corrosive fumes including phosgene and hydrogen chloride. The substance decomposes on contact with alkalis producing trichlorobenzene, or on contact with powdered iron, aluminum and zinc.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 0.5 mg/m3 (as TWA) (skin) (ACGIH 1994-1995).
    MAK: ppm; 0.5 mg/m3; skin (1992).


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    Evaporation at 20°C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system , resulting in convulsions and respiratory failure and collapse. Exposure may result in death. Medical observation is indicated.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. The substance may have effects on the liver and kidneys.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 323°C
    Melting point: 113°C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.87
    Solubility in water: none
    Vapour pressure, Pa at 20°C: 0.0012
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 3.61- 3.72
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms. In the food chain important to humans, bioaccumulation takes place, specifically in fish. It is strongly advised not to let the chemical enter into the environment, especially in soil, because it persists in the environment. &FIG13
    N O T E S
    Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated. Carrier solvents used in commercial formulations may change physical and toxicological properties. The relation between odour and the occupational exposure limit cannot be indicated. Do NOT take working clothes home. Gammexane, Tri-6, Lindafor, Lindatox, Agrocide, Isotox, Esoderm, Aparasin are trade names.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61G53c
    NFPA Code: H2; F0; R0
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0053 LINDANE
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