International Chemical Safety Cards

CAPROLACTAM ICSC: 0118
CAPROLACTAM
Hexahydro-2H-azepin-2-one
Aminocaproic lactam
epsilon-Caprolactam
C6H11NO
Molecular mass: 113.2
CAS # 105-60-2
RTECS # CM3675000
ICSC # 0118
EC # 613-069-00-2
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.
Foam, powder, carbon dioxide, water in large amount.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE! AVOID EXPOSURE OF ADOLESCENTS AND CHILDREN!

  • INHALATION
  • Abdominal cramps. Confusion. Cough. Dizziness. Headache.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Dry skin. Redness.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    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. Nausea. Vomiting (further see Inhalation).
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Let solidify if molten. Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles).
    Separated from strong oxidants. Dry.

    Xn symbol
    R: 20/22-36/37/38
    S: (2)
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0118 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:
    WHITE, HYGROSCOPIC FLAKES OR CRYSTALS.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating and on burning producing toxic fumes including nitrogen oxides, ammonia. Reacts violently with strong oxidants producing toxic fumes.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 1 mg/m3 (as TWA, as dust) (ACGIH 1993-1993).
    TLV (as vapour): 4.3 ppm; 20 mg/m3 (as TWA) (ACGIH 1993-1993).


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    A harmful contamination of the air will not or will only very slowly be reached on evaporation of this substance at 20°C; on spraying or dispersing, however, much faster.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the skin. The vapour irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of the vapour may cause effects on the central nervous system.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. The substance may have effects on the nervous system, liver.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 267°C
    Melting point: 70°C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.02
    Solubility in water: good
    Vapour pressure, Pa at 25°C: 0.26
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 3.91
    Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20°C (air = 1): 1.0
    Flash point: 125°C o.c.
    Auto-ignition temperature: 375°C
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.4-8
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: -0.19
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    This substance may be hazardous to the environment; special attention should be given to water organisms.
    N O T E S
    The substance is usually used, stored and transported in liquefied form at about 80°C.
    NFPA Code: H 1; F 1; R 0;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0118 CAPROLACTAM
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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