International Chemical Safety Cards

MAGNESIUM OXIDE ICSC: 0504
MAGNESIUM OXIDE
Calcined brucite
Calcined magnesia
Magnesia
MgO
Molecular mass: 40.3
CAS # 1309-48-4
RTECS # OM3850000
ICSC # 0504
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.
NO contact with halogens or strong acids.
In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough. See Notes.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest.
  • SKIN


  • Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety goggles, 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
  • Diarrhoea.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).
    Separated from strong acids, halogens. Dry.

    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0504 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

    MAGNESIUM OXIDE ICSC: 0504

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    HYGROSCOPIC, FINE, WHITE POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    Reacts violently with halogens and strong acids.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV (as fume): 10 ppm; mg/m3 (ACGIH 1996).
    MAK: 6 ppm; mg/m3; (1996).
    MAK as fume: 6 ppm; mg/m3; (1996).


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
    The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol or fume and by ingestion.

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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes and the nose. Inhalation of fume may cause metal fever.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 3600C
    Melting point: 2800C
    Relative density (water = 1): 3.6
    Solubility in water: poor
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Headache, cough, sweating, nausea and fever may be caused by exposure to freshly formed fumes. The symptoms of metal fume fever do not become manifest until 4-12 hours after exposure. Magcal, Maglite, Magox, Akro-Mag, Animag, Granmag, Magchem 100, Marmag are trade names.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0504 MAGNESIUM OXIDE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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