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DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (UNCALCINED) ICSC: 0248
DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (UNCALCINED)
Amorphous diatomaceous earth
Diatomite, uncalcined
Diatomaceous earth, natural
SiO2
Molecular mass: 60.8
CAS # 61790-53-2
RTECS # HL8600000
ICSC # 0248
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

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


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Dry skin. Roughness.
    Protective gloves.
    Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
  • 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

  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.

    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).


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    ICSC: 0248 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

    DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (UNCALCINED) ICSC: 0248

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    ODOURLESS, FINE AMORPHOUS POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Heating the material at high temperatures results in the formation of crystalline silica (see ICSC 0807, Silica, crystalline-Cristobalite).

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:


    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 10 mg/m3 as TWA (ACGIH 1993-1994).


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

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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:


    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    The substance may have effects on the lungs , resulting in mild fibrosis (see Notes).
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: >2200C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.3
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
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    NOTES
    Literature suggests that the fibrosis may be due to crystalline contaminants. Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated. Do NOT take working clothes home.
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    ICSC: 0248 DIATOMACEOUS EARTH (UNCALCINED)
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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