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PETROLATUM (WHITE)
ICSC: 1440
Peer-Review Status: 03.06.2002 Validated
Vaseline
Petroleum jelly
Paraffin jelly 
CAS #: 8009-03-8 RTECS #: SE6780000
EC #: 649-254-00-X
EINECS #: 232-373-2
   

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.  NO open flames.  Use water spray, foam, dry powder, carbon dioxide. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE      
Inhalation      
Skin      
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.   

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
   
EC Classification
 
UN Classification
 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
   

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS-TO-WHITE WAXY PASTE. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (NOT-ESTABLISHED):. 

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

Inhalation risk
 

Effects of short-term exposure
 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 302°C
Melting point: 36-60°C
Density: 0.9 g/cm³
Solubility in water: none
Vapour pressure, Pa at 20°C: <1.3
Flash point: 182-221°C
Auto-ignition temperature: >290°C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 0.9-7 (estimated)
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: >6
Viscosity: 18.2 cSt at 100°C 
 

NOTES
The substance consists of saturated hydrocarbons with carbon numbers mainly higher than 25.
Its composition depends upon the petroleum source and refining process.
Highly refined (White Petrolatum) grades are used in pharmacy and cosmetics.
Less refined grades (Yellow, amber or brown Petrolatum) are used industrially and may contain impurities such as carcinogenic polycyclic aromatics.
Therefore, the European Union applies the risk phrase R 45 (May cause cancer) with Note N to petrolatum.
Note N reads ''the classification as a carcinogen need not apply if the full refining history is known and it can be shown that the substance from which it is produced is not a carcinogen.
This note applies to certain complex oil-derived substances in Annex I''. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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