International Chemical Safety Cards

ZINC POWDER ICSC: 1205
ZINC POWDER
Blue powder
Merrillite
(powder)
Zn
Atomic mass: 65.4
CAS # 7440-66-6
RTECS # ZG8600000
ICSC # 1205
UN # 1436 (zinc powder or dust)
EC # 030-001-00-1
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Highly flammable. Many reactions may cause fire or explosion. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking. NO contact with acid(s), base(s) and incompatible substances (see Chemical Dangers).
Special powder, dry sand, NO other agents. NO water.
EXPLOSION Risk of fire and explosion on contact with acid(s), water, base(s) and incompatible substances.
Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent build-up of electrostatic charges (e.g., by grounding). Prevent deposition of dust.
In case of fire: cool drums, etc., by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION
  • Metallic taste and metal fume fever. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
    Local exhaust.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • Dry skin.
    Protective gloves.
    Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
  • EYES

  • Safety spectacles.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION
  • Abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting.
    Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
    Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Extinguish or remove all ignition sources. Do NOT wash away into sewer. Sweep spilled substance into dry containers, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants, strong bases, strong acids, oxidants, acids and bases. Dry.
    Airtight.
    F symbol
    R: 15-17
    S: (2-)7/8-43
    UN Hazard Class: 4.3
    UN Subsidiary Risks: 4.2
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 1205 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

    ZINC POWDER ICSC: 1205

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    ODOURLESS GREY TO BLUE POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air. If dry, it can be charged electrostatically by swirling, pneumatic transport, pouring, etc.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    Upon heating, toxic fumes are formed. The substance is a strong reducing agent and reacts violently with oxidants. Reacts with water and reacts violently with acids and bases giving off highly flammable hydrogen gas. Reacts violently with sulfur, halogenated hydrocarbons and many other substances causing fire and explosion hazard.

    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 fume may cause metal fever. The effects may be delayed.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 907C
    Melting point: 419C
    Relative density (water = 1): 7.14
    Solubility in water: reaction
    Vapour pressure, kPa at 487CC: 0.1
    Auto-ignition temperature: 460C
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Zinc may contain trace amounts of arsenic, when forming hydrogen, may also form toxic gas arsine (see ICSC # 0001 and ICSC # 0222). Reacts violently with fire extinguishing agents such as water, halons, foam and carbon dioxide. The symptoms of metal fume fever do not become manifest until several hours later. Rinse contaminated clothes (fire hazard) with plenty of water.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-43G14
    NFPA Code: H0; F1; R1;
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 1205 ZINC POWDER
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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