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PARAFFIN WAX
ICSC: 1457
Peer-Review Status: 05.08.2003 Validated
Petroleum wax
Paraffin waxes and hydrocarbon waxes
(See Notes) 
CAS #: 8002-74-2 RTECS #: RV0350000
EINECS #: 232-315-6
    Formula: CnH2n+2

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.    Use water, dry powder, foam, carbon dioxide, dry sand. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE      
Inhalation   Use ventilation, local exhaust or breathing protection when handling molten form.  Fresh air, rest. 
Skin   Heat-insulating gloves when handling molten form.  Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. 
Eyes   Wear safety goggles (if molten).  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
NFPA Code: H0; F1; R0.   

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
ODOURLESS COLOURLESS-TO-CREAM-COLOURED CRYSTALLINE SOLID. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV: 2mg/m³ as TWA; (ACGIH 2003). 

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

Inhalation risk
 

Effects of short-term exposure
The fume is irritating to the eyes, nose and throat. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Melting point: 50-57°C
See Notes.
Solubility in water: none
Flash point: 199°C c.c. 
 

NOTES
Other melting points: 45-95°C.
A complex combination of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum fractions by solvent crystallization (solvent deoiling) or by the sweating process.
It consists of straight chain hydrocarbons having carbon numbers predominantly greater than C_2_0. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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    See Also:
       Toxicological Abbreviations
       PARAFFIN WAX (JECFA Evaluation)