International Chemical Safety Cards

POTASSIUM METABISULFITE ICSC: 1175
POTASSIUM METABISULFITE
Potassium pyrosulfite
Dipotassium disulfite
K2S2O5
Molecular mass: 222.3
CAS # 16731-55-8
RTECS # TT4920000
ICSC # 1175
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible under specific conditions. See Notes.
NO open flames.
In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION
  • Shortness of breath. Wheezing.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated.
  • SKIN

  • Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES

  • Face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Diarrhoea. Headache. Vomiting. Weakness.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
    Rinse mouth. Give plenty of water to drink. Rest.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles).
    Dry. Well closed. Keep in a well-ventilated room.

    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 1175 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

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    POTASSIUM METABISULFITE ICSC: 1175

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    WHITE CRYSTALLINE POWDER , WITH PUNGENT ODOUR.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating and on burning producing toxic and irritating fumes including sulfur oxides. Reacts with acids liberating toxic and irritating sulfur dioxide.

    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 when dispersed.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    Inhalation of this substance may cause asthmatic reactions (see Notes).

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. Repeated or prolonged inhalation exposure may cause asthma.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 190C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.34
    Solubility in water: good
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    The compound may catch fire if much heat develops in powdering it. The symptoms of asthma 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. Anyone who has shown symptoms of asthma due to this substance should avoid all further contact with this substance.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 1175 POTASSIUM METABISULFITE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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