International Chemical Safety Cards

CALCIUM CARBONATE ICSC: 1193
CALCIUM CARBONATE
Calcite
Carbonic acid, calcium salt
CaCO3
Molecular mass: 100.09
CAS # 471-34-1
RTECS # FF9335000
ICSC # 1193
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE


  • INHALATION
  • Cough.
    Ventilation (not if powder), local exhaust, or breathing protection.

  • SKIN
  • Dry skin.
    Protective gloves.
    Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
  • EYES
  • Redness.
    Safety goggles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION


  • Rinse mouth.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into containers. Wash away remainder with plenty of water (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).
    Separated from acids.

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    ICSC: 1193 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

    CALCIUM CARBONATE ICSC: 1193

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    ODOURLESS, WHITE SOLID IN VARIOUS FORMS.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance decomposes on heating to high temperature producing carbon dioxide. Reacts with acids causing carbon dioxide release.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 10 mg/m3 Nuisance particulate (ACGIH 1990-1991).


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

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

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes and the respiratory tract.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    See Notes.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point (decomposes): 825C
    Relative density (water = 1): 2.7-2.9
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    NOTES
    To date, no adverse health effects have been reported. Exists in nature as the minerals aragonite, calcite, vaterite. Limestone, chalk and marble are natural calcium carbonate.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 1193 CALCIUM CARBONATE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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