International Chemical Safety Cards

CARBON ICSC: 0702
CARBON
C
Atomic mass: 12
CAS # 7440-44-0
RTECS # FF5250100
ICSC # 0702
UN # 1361 (animal or vegetable origin)
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Highly flammable or combustible depending on physical form.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Powder, water spray, foam, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent build-up of electrostatic charges (e.g., by grounding).
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE


  • INHALATION



  • SKIN



  • EYES

  • Safety goggles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION



  • SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into covered containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants.
    Airtight.
    UN Hazard Class: 4.2
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    ICSC: 0702 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:
    BLACK POWDER OR SOLID IN VARIOUS FORMS.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air. If dry, it can be charged electrostatically by swirling, pneumatic transport, pouring, etc.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance may spontaneously ignite on contact with air. On combustion, forms toxic carbon monoxide if ventilation is insufficient. The substance is a strong reducing agent and reacts violently with oxidants such as bromates, chlorates and nitrates.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


    ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:


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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:


    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: >4000C
    Melting point: >3500C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.8-3.51
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    Relative density: 1.8-3.51.
    N O T E S
    Health effects of exposure to the substance have been investigated, but none has been found. This card applies to pure carbon in a non-fibrous form. Carbon fibres or carboncontaining polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons may pose different hazards. Also consult ICSC # 0412: activated charcoal, ICSC # 0471: carbon black and ICSC # 0893: graphite (natural).
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0702 CARBON
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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