International Chemical Safety Cards

CALCIUM HYDROXIDE ICSC: 0408
CALCIUM HYDROXIDE
Calcium dihydroxide
Calcium hydrate
Hydrated lime
Slaked lime
Ca(OH)2
Molecular mass: 74.1
CAS # 1305-62-0
RTECS # EW2800000
ICSC # 0408


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
  • Sore throat. Cough. Burning sensation.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Roughness. Pain. Dry skin. Skin burns. Blisters.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Severe deep burns.
    Safety goggles, or 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
  • Burning sensation. Abdominal pain. Abdominal cramps. Vomiting.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give nothing to drink. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles).
    Separated from strong acids.

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    ICSC: 0408 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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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS CRYSTALS OR WHITE POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating producing calcium oxide. The solution in water is a medium strong base. Reacts violently with acids. Attacks many metals in presence of water forming flammable/explosive gas (hydrogen - see ICSC # 0001.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: 5 ppm; mg/m3 (ACGIH 1996).


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol 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 respiratory tract and is corrosive to the eyes and the skin. Medical observation is indicated.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. Lungs may be affected by repeated or prolonged exposure to dust particles.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 580°C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.2
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
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    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0408 CALCIUM HYDROXIDE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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