International Chemical Safety Cards

SODIUM METHYLATE ICSC: 0771
SODIUM METHYLATE
Sodium methoxide
CH3ONa
Molecular mass: 54.0
CAS # 124-41-4
RTECS # PC3570000
ICSC # 0771
UN # 1431
EC # 603-040-00-2

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Highly flammable. Many reactions may cause fire or explosion.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking. NO contact with water.
Powder, dry sand. NO hydrous agents. NO water.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.
In case of fire: cool drums, etc., by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! AVOID ALL CONTACT!

  • INHALATION
  • Sore throat. Cough. Burning sensation. Shortness of breath. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
    Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Pain. Blisters.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    First rinse with plenty of water, then remove contaminated clothes and rinse again. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Severe deep burns.
    Safety goggles, or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal pain. Burning sensation. Shock or collapse.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Do NOT wash away into sewer. Sweep spilled substance into clean and dry containers. Do NOT absorb in saw-dust or other combustible absorbents (extra personal protection: chemical suit with self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants, strong acids, food and feedstuffs. Cool. Dry.
    Airtight. Unbreakable packaging; put breakable packaging into closed unbreakable container. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    UN Hazard Class: 4.2
    UN Subsidiary Risks: 8
    UN Packing Group: II
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0771 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

    SODIUM METHYLATE ICSC: 0771

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    WHITE, FREE-FLOWING POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    Heating may cause violent combustion or explosion. The substance may spontaneously ignite on contact with air. The substance is a strong reducing agent and reacts violently with oxidants. The substance is a strong base, it reacts violently with acid and is corrosive. Reacts violently with water producing flammable methanol and corrosive sodium hydroxide. Attacks many metals forming flammable/explosive gas (hydrogen - see ICSC # 0001).

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


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

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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    Corrosive. The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of dusts may cause lung oedema (see Notes). The effects may be delayed. Medical observation is indicated.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 127C
    Relative density (water = 1): 0.45
    Solubility in water: reaction
    Auto-ignition temperature: 70-80C
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Reacts violently with fire extinguishing agents such as water. The symptoms of lung oedema often do not become manifest until a few hours have passed and they are aggravated by physical effort. Rest and medical observation are therefore essential. Immediate administration of an appropriate spray, by a doctor or a person authorized by him/her, should be considered. Rinse contaminated clothes (fire hazard) with plenty of water.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-42G18
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0771 SODIUM METHYLATE
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