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METHYL BENZOATEICSC: 1187
Methyl-benzenecarboxylate
Niobe oil
October 1997
CAS #: 93-58-3
EC Number: 202-259-7

  ACUTE HAZARDS PREVENTION FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE & EXPLOSION Combustible.  Above 83°C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.  NO open flames.  Above 83°C use a closed system and ventilation.  Use foam, powder, carbon dioxide.   

   
  SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID
Inhalation   Use ventilation.  Fresh air, rest. 
Skin   Protective gloves.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. 
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. Do NOT induce vomiting. Rest. 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL CLASSIFICATION & LABELLING
Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and vapours adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations. 

According to UN GHS Criteria

 

Transportation
UN Classification
 

STORAGE
 
PACKAGING
 
METHYL BENZOATE ICSC: 1187
PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL INFORMATION

Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS OILY LIQUID WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR. 

Physical dangers
The vapour is heavier than air. 

Chemical dangers
 

Formula: C8H8O2 / C6H5COOCH3
Molecular mass: 136.1
Boiling point: 198-200°C
Melting point: -12°C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.09
Solubility in water: none
Vapour pressure, Pa at 39°C: 133
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 4.7
Flash point: 83°C c.c.
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 2.12  


EXPOSURE & HEALTH EFFECTS

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

Effects of short-term exposure
If this liquid is swallowed, aspiration into the lungs may result in chemical pneumonitis. See Notes. 

Inhalation risk
No indication can be given about the rate at which a harmful concentration of this substance in the air is reached on evaporation at 20°C. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS
 

ENVIRONMENT
 

NOTES
Insufficient data are available on the effect of this substance on human health, therefore utmost care must be taken. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  EC Classification
 

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       Toxicological Abbreviations
       METHYL BENZOATE (JECFA Evaluation)