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ISOPHTHALIC ACID
ICSC: 0500
Peer-Review Status: 15.03.1995 Validated
1,3-Benzenedicarboxylic acid
m-Phthalic acid 
CAS #: 121-91-5 RTECS #: NT2007000
EINECS #: 204-506-4
    Formula: C8H6O4 / C6H4(COOH)2
Molecular mass: 166.1

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, foam, powder, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.  Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent deposition of dust.   
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!   
Inhalation   Use local exhaust.  Fresh air, rest. 
Skin Redness.  Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. 
Eyes   Wear safety spectacles.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion   Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. 

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
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
   

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS CRYSTALLINE POWDER. 

Physical dangers
Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air. 

Chemical dangers
 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):.
MAK (inhalable fraction): 2 mg/m³; Peak limitation category: I(2); Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2006). 

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by ingestion. 

Inhalation risk
Evaporation at 20°C is negligible; a nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is mildly irritating to the skin. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Melting point: 345-348°C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.54
Solubility in water: none in cold water, poor in boiling water
Auto-ignition temperature: >650°C  
 

NOTES
Sublimes without decomposition.
Card has been partially updated in July 2007: see Occupational Exposure Limits. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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