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FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free)ICSC: 0695
June 2012
CAS #: 50-00-0Methanal
Formalin
UN #: 2209
EINECS #: 200-001-8

  ACUTE HAZARDS PREVENTION FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE & EXPLOSION Combustible.    NO open flames.    Use water in large amounts, water spray.   

 AVOID ALL CONTACT! IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR! 
  SYMPTOMS ACUTE HAZARDS FIRST AID
Inhalation Cough. Sore throat. Burning sensation behind the breastbone. Headache. Shortness of breath.  Use local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration may be needed. Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Skin Redness. Pain. Skin burns.  Protective gloves. Protective clothing.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention . 
Eyes Watering of the eyes. Redness. Pain. Severe burns.  Wear face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.  Rinse with plenty of water (remove contact lenses if easily possible). Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Ingestion Burns in mouth and throat. Nausea. Abdominal pain. Shock or collapse.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.  Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer immediately for medical attention. 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL CLASSIFICATION & LABELLING
Personal protection: chemical protection suit and filter respirator for organic gases and vapours adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Ventilation. Remove all ignition sources. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. 

According to UN GHS Criteria

skull;toxiccorrcancer;health haz
DANGER
Combustible liquid
Toxic if swallowed, in contact with skin or if inhaled
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
May cause cancer if inhaled
May cause an allergic skin reaction
May cause respiratory irritation
Harmful to aquatic life 

Transportation
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 8; UN Pack Group: III 

STORAGE
Cool. Well closed. Keep in a well-ventilated room. Separated from acids, strong oxidants and food and feedstuffs. See Chemical Dangers. Store in an area without drain or sewer access. 
PACKAGING
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. 
FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free) ICSC: 0695
PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL INFORMATION

Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS LIQUID WITH PUNGENT ODOUR. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
The substance may polymerize if it is not stabilized. Reacts with acids and strong oxidants. 

Formula: H2CO
Molecular mass: 30.0
Boiling point: 98°C
Solubility in water: miscible
Relative density (water = 1): 0.8
Flash point: 83°C c.c.
Vapour pressure, kPa at 20°C: 0.2
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20°C (air = 1): 1.00
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 1.03  


EXPOSURE & HEALTH EFFECTS

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation, through the skin and by ingestion. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is severely irritating to the eyes and skin. The vapour is severely irritating to the respiratory tract. Inhalation of high concentrations may cause lung oedema, but only after initial corrosive effects on the eyes and the upper respiratory tract have become manifest. 

Inhalation risk
A harmful contamination of the air can be reached rather quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20°C. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. Repeated or chronic inhalation of the vapour may cause chronic inflammation of the upper respiratory tract. This substance is carcinogenic to humans. 


Occupational exposure limits
 

ENVIRONMENT
The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms. 

NOTES
Immediate administration of an appropriate inhalation therapy by a doctor, or by an authorized person, should be considered.
Methanol, added as stabilizer or inhibitor to commercial formulations, can influence the physical and toxicological properties of this substance.
See ICSC 0057. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  EC Classification
Symbol: T; R: 23/24/25-34-40-43; S: (1/2)-26-36/37/39-45-51; Note: B, D 

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