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ANTHRACENE
ICSC: 0825
Peer-Review Status: 24.03.1999 Validated
Anthracin
Paranaphthalene 
CAS #: 120-12-7 RTECS #: CA9350000
EINECS #: 204-371-1
    Formula: C14H10 / (C6H4CH)2
Molecular mass: 178.2

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, powder, foam, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.  Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent deposition of dust.  In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water. 
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!   
Inhalation Cough. Sore throat.  Use ventilation (not if powder), local exhaust or breathing protection.  Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention. 
Skin Redness.  Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. 
Eyes Redness. Pain.  Wear safety spectacles, face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Abdominal pain.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.  Rinse mouth. Rest. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Sweep spilled substance into covered containers. Carefully collect remainder. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles.   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
NFPA Code: H0; F1; R.  Separated from strong oxidants. Well closed. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
WHITE CRYSTALS OR FLAKES. 

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

Chemical dangers
Decomposes on heating. Decomposes under the influence of strong oxidants. This produces acrid, toxic fume. This generates fire and explosion hazard. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):. 

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

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

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

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis under the influence of UV light. 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 342°C
Melting point: 218°C
Density: 1.25-1.28 g/cm³
Solubility in water, g/100ml at 20°C: 0.00013
Vapour pressure, Pa at 25°C: 0.08
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 6.15
Flash point: 121°C
Auto-ignition temperature: 538°C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 0.6-?
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 4.5 (calculated) 
The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms. The substance may cause long-term effects in the aquatic environment. 

NOTES
Green oil, Tetra-olive N2G are trade names. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       Anthracene (IARC Summary & Evaluation, Volume 32, 1983)