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POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (AROCLOR 1254) ICSC: 0939
POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (AROCLOR 1254)
Chlorobiphenyl (54% chlorine)
Chlorodiphenyl (54% chlorine)
PCB
Molecular mass: 327 (average)
CAS # 11097-69-1
RTECS # TQ1360000
ICSC # 0939
UN # 2315
EC # 602-039-00-4
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Irritating and toxic gases may be generated in a fire.

Powder, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION

  • Ventilation.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • MAY BE ABSORBED! Dry skin. Redness. Chloracne (further see Inhalation).
    Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety goggles, face shield.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Headache. Numbness. Fever.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
    Rest. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Consult an expert! Collect leaking liquid in sealable containers. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent and remove to safe place. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment (extra personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Separated from food and feedstuffs. Cool. Dry. Keep in a well-ventilated room.
    Unbreakable packaging; put breakable packaging into closed unbreakable container. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
    Xn symbol
    R: 33
    S: 35
    Note: C
    UN Hazard Class: 9
    UN Packing Group: II
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0939 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

    POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (AROCLOR 1254) ICSC: 0939

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    LIGHT YELLOW VISCOUS LIQUID.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes in a fire producing irritating and toxic gases.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 0.5 mg/m3 (skin) (ACGIH 1991-1992).


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

    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 irritates the eyes (see Notes).

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis chloracne. The substance may have effects on the liver. Animal tests show that this substance possibly causes toxic effects upon human reproduction.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Relative density (water = 1): 1.5
    Solubility in water: none
    Vapour pressure, Pa at 25C: 0.01
    Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 6.30 (estimated)
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA
    In the food chain important to humans, bioaccumulation takes place, specifically in water organisms. It is strongly advised not to let the chemical enter into the environment.
    NOTES
    Changes into a resinous state (pour point) at 10C. Distillation range: 365-390C. No open cup flash point to boiling. The symptoms other than the chloracne and liver effects may be in part due to contaminants of the PCB.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-914
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0939 POLYCHLORINATED BIPHENYL (AROCLOR 1254)
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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