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POTASSIUM OXIDE
ICSC: 0769
Peer-Review Status: 11.10.2006 Validated
Potassium monoxide
Dipotassium oxide 
CAS #: 12136-45-7 UN #: 2033
EINECS #: 235-227-6
    Formula: K2O
Molecular mass: 94.2

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.    Use powder, carbon dioxide. NO hydrous agents. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! AVOID ALL CONTACT!  IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR! 
Inhalation Sore throat. Cough. Burning sensation. Laboured breathing. Shortness of breath. See Notes.  Use local exhaust. Use breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration may be needed. Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Skin Redness. Pain. Serious skin burns.  Protective gloves. Protective clothing.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer immediately for medical attention. 
Eyes Redness. Pain. Burns.  Wear face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.  Rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible). Blue haze and halo. 
Ingestion Sore throat. Burning sensation in the throat and chest. Shock or collapse.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer immediately for medical attention. 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: chemical protection suit including self-contained breathing apparatus. Sweep spilled substance into covered dry, plastic containers. Wash away remainder with plenty of water.  Airtight.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. 
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 8; UN Pack Group: II 
GHS Classification
Signal: Danger
Causes severe skin burns and eye damage 
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-80GC6-II+III.  Separated from strong acids and food and feedstuffs. Dry. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
GREY HYGROSCOPIC CRYSTALLINE POWDER. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
The solution in water is a strong base. It reacts violently with acid and is corrosive. Reacts violently with water. This produces potassium hydroxide. Attacks many metals in the presence of water. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):. 

Routes of exposure
Serious by all routes of exposure. 

Inhalation risk
A harmful concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly when dispersed. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is corrosive to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Corrosive on ingestion. Inhalation of of the aerosol may cause lung oedema. See Notes. Medical observation is indicated. Medical observation is indicated. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Decomposes at 350°C
Density: 2.3 g/cm³
Solubility in water: reaction 
 

NOTES
Reacts violently with fire extinguishing agents such as water.
The symptoms of lung oedema often do not become manifest until a few hours have passed and they are aggravated by physical effort.
Rest and medical observation are therefore essential.
Immediate administration of an appropriate inhalation therapy by a doctor or a person authorized by him/her, should be considered.
See Potassium hydroxide ICSC 0357. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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