International Chemical Safety Cards

METHACRYLIC ACID ICSC: 0917
METHACRYLIC ACID
2-Methylpropenoic acid
alpha-Methylacrylic acid
C4H6O2/CH2=C(CH3)COOH
Molecular mass: 86.09
CAS # 79-41-4
RTECS # OZ2975000
ICSC # 0917
UN # 2531 (inhibited)
EC # 607-088-00-5

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.
AFFF, alcohol-resistant foam, powder, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 77C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 77C use a closed system, ventilation.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
AVOID ALL CONTACT!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough. Burning sensation. Shortness of breath. Laboured breathing.
    Ventilation (not if powder), local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Redness. Skin burns. Pain. Blisters.
    Protective clothing.
    First rinse with plenty of water, then remove contaminated clothes and rinse again.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain. Loss of vision. Severe deep burns.
    Face shield.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal cramps. Abdominal pain. Burning sensation. Weakness.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
    Rinse mouth. Rest. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Collect leaking liquid in sealable plastic containers. Cautiously neutralize remainder with aqueous sodium carbonate or lime. Then wash away with plenty of water. Do NOT absorb in saw-dust or other combustible absorbents. (Extra personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Separated from strong oxidants, food and feedstuffs. Cool. Keep in the dark. Keep in a well-ventilated room. Store only if stabilized.
    Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    C symbol
    R: 34
    S: (1/2-)15-26-45
    Note: D
    UN Hazard Class: 8
    UN Packing Group: III
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0917 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

    METHACRYLIC ACID ICSC: 0917

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS LIQUID OR COLOURLESS CRYSTALS , WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The vapours are uninhibited and may polymerize causing blockage of vents.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance will polymerize readily due to heating or under the presence of light, oxidizing agents such as peroxides, or in the presence of traces of hydrochloric acid, with fire or explosion hazard. Attacks metals.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: 20 ppm; 70 mg/m3 (ACGIH 1995-1996).


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    A harmful contamination of the air will be reached rather slowly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Corrosive on ingestion. Inhalation of the vapour may cause lung oedema (see Notes).


    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 159-163C
    Melting point: 16C
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.02
    Solubility in water: moderate
    Vapour pressure, Pa at 25C: 130
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.97
    Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.00
    Flash point: 77C o.c., 68C c.c.
    Explosive limits, vol% in air: 1.6-8.8
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 0.93
    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. An added stabilizer or inhibitor can influence the toxicological properties of this substance, consult an expert.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-195
    NFPA Code: H3; F2; R2;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0917 METHACRYLIC ACID
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