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ZINC OXIDE
ICSC: 0208
Peer-Review Status: 21.04.2004 Validated
Zinc white
Zinc monoxide
C.I. Pigment White 4 
CAS #: 1314-13-2 RTECS #: ZH4810000
EC #: 030-013-00-7
EINECS #: 215-222-5
    Formula: ZnO
Molecular mass: 81.4

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.    In case of fire in the surroundings, use appropriate extinguishing media. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!   
Inhalation Sore throat. Headache. Fever. Nausea. Vomiting. Weakness. Fever. Muscle pain. Symptoms may be delayed. See Notes.  Use local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention. 
Skin   Protective gloves.  Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. 
Eyes   Wear safety goggles.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. Nausea. Vomiting.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: particulate filter respirator adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Sweep spilled substance into covered containers. If appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations.   
EC Classification
Symbol: N; R: 50/53; S: 60-61 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
   

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
WHITE POWDER. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Reacts violently with aluminium powder, magnesium powder and chlorinated rubber (on heating). This generates fire and explosion hazard. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (respirable fraction): 2 mg/m³ as TWA; 10 mg/m³ as STEL; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK (as fume (respirable fraction)): Peak limitation category: I(1); (DFG 2005).
MAK (respirable fraction): 0.1 mg/m³; Peak limitation category: I(4);.
MAK (inhalable fraction): 2 mg/m³; Peak limitation category: I(2); Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2009). 

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion. 

Inhalation risk
A harmful concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly , especially for fume. 

Effects of short-term exposure
Inhalation of fume may cause metal fume fever. The fume is irritating to the respiratory tract. The effects may be delayed. See Notes. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Melting point: 1975°C
Density: 5.6 g/cm³
Solubility in water: none 
 

NOTES
The symptoms of metal fume fever do not become manifest until a few hours have passed.
Card has been partly updated in October 2004.
See sections Occupational Exposure Limits, EU classification, Emergency Response. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Zinc oxide (UKPID)