International Chemical Safety Cards

p-TOLUENESULFONIC ACID ICSC: 0773
p-TOLUENESULFONIC ACID
4-Methylbenzenesulfonic acid
p-Methylphenylsulfonic acid
Tosic acid
C7H8O3S / CH3C6H4SO3H
Molecular mass: 172.2
CAS # 104-15-4
RTECS # XT6300000
ICSC # 0773
UN # 2585 (not more than 5% free sulfuric acid)
EC # 016-030-00-2

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION

In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying 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. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Pain. Blisters.
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Blurred vision. 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
  • Burning sensation. Abdominal pain. Shock or collapse.

    Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: chemical suit with self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Separated from strong bases, food and feedstuffs. Dry.
    Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    Xi symbol
    R: 36/37/38
    S: (2-)26-37
    UN Hazard Class: 8
    UN Packing Group: III
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0773 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

    p-TOLUENESULFONIC ACID ICSC: 0773

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS HYGROSCOPIC CRYSTALS.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating or on burning producing toxic and corrosive fumes including sulfur oxides. The substance is a strong acid, it reacts violently with bases and is corrosive. Attacks many metals forming extremely flammable 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 dust 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: 106-107C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.24
    Flash point: 184C c.c.
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    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. UN 2583 applies to p-toluenesulfonic acid with more than 5% free sulfuric acid. Hydrated form has CAS number 6192-52-5.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-80G09
    NFPA Code: H3; F1; R1
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0773 p-TOLUENESULFONIC ACID
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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