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Material Safety Data Sheet

acc. to OSHA and ANSI
  Printing date 02/03/2000 Reviewed on 04/15/1999  
  •   1 Identification of substance:

    • Product details:

    • Trade name: Zinc 2-ethylhexanoate, 1% ethylene glycol monomethyl ether

    • Stock number: 39560

    • Manufacturer/Supplier:

    • Alfa Aesar, A Johnson Matthey Company
      Johnson Matthey Catalog Company, Inc.
      30 Bond Street
      Ward Hill, MA 01835-8099
      Emergency Phone: (978) 521-6300
      CHEMTREC: (800) 424-9300
      Web Site: www.alfa.com

    • Information department: Health, Safety and Environmental Department

    • Emergency information:

    • During normal hours the Health, Safety and Environmental Department. After normal hours call Chemtrec at (800) 424-9300.
  •   2 Composition/Data on components:

    • Chemical characterization:

    •            Description: (CAS#)                                        
                  Zinc 2-ethylhexanoate (CAS# 136-53-8), 99%
                  Ethylene glycol monomethyl ether (CAS# 109-86-4), 1%
  •   3 Hazards identification

    • Hazard description: T Toxic

    • Information pertaining to particular dangers for man and environment

    • R 60 May impair fertility
      R 61 May cause harm to the unborn child
  •   4 First aid measures

    • After inhalation

    • Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep patient warm.
      Seek immediate medical advice.
    • After skin contact

    • Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly.
      Seek immediate medical advice.
    • After eye contact

    • Rinse opened eye for several minutes under running water. Then consult a doctor.
    • After swallowing Seek immediate medical advice.
  •   5 Fire fighting measures

    • Suitable extinguishing agents

    • Carbon dioxide, extinguishing powder or water spray. Fight larger fires with water spray or alcohol resistant foam.
    • Special hazards caused by the material, its products of combustion or

    •   resulting gases:
      In case of fire, the following can be released:
      Carbon monoxide (CO)
      Metal oxide
    • Protective equipment:

    • Wear self-contained respirator.
      Wear fully protective impervious suit.
  •   6 Accidental release measures

    • Person-related safety precautions:

    • Wear protective equipment. Keep unprotected persons away.
      Ensure adequate ventilation
    • Measures for environmental protection:

    • Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper governmental permits.
    • Measures for cleaning/collecting:

    • Absorb with liquid-binding material (sand, diatomite, acid binders, universal binders, sawdust).
      Dispose contaminated material as waste according to item 13.
    • Additional information:

    • See Section 7 for information on safe handling
      See Section 8 for information on personal protection equipment.
      See Section 13 for disposal information.
  •   7 Handling and storage

    • Handling

    • Information for safe handling:

    • Keep container tightly sealed.
      Store in cool, dry place in tightly closed containers.
      Ensure good ventilation at the workplace.
      Open and handle container with care.
    • Information about protection against explosions and fires:

    • No special measures required.

    • Storage

    • Requirements to be met by storerooms and receptacles:

    • No special requirements.
    • Information about storage in one common storage facility:

    • Store away from oxidizing agents.
    • Further information about storage conditions:

    • Keep container tightly sealed.
      Store in cool, dry conditions in well sealed containers.
      Store under lock and key and with access restricted to technical experts or their assistants only.
  •   8 Exposure controls and personal protection

    • Additional information about design of technical systems:

    • Properly operating chemical fume hood designed for hazardous chemicals and having an average face velocity of at least 100 feet per minute.

      Components with limit values that require monitoring at the workplace:

      ACGIH TLV             5 (skin)
      Belgium TWA           5 (skin)
      France  TWA           5 (skin)
      Germany TWA           5 (skin)
      Netherlands TWA       5 (skin)
      Switzerland TWA       5, 10 STEL (skin)
      United Kingdom TWA    5 (skin)
      Russia TWA            5
      Denmark               5 (skin)
      Finland              25, 40 STEL (skin)
      Hungary TWA          15 mg/m3, 30 mg/m3 STEL (skin)
      Poland TWA           50 mg/m3
      Sweden                5, 10 STEL (skin)
      USA PEL              25 (skin)

      2-Methoxyethanol (ethylene glycol monomethyl ether)
      ACGIH TLV             5 (skin)
      Belgium TWA           5 (skin)
      France  TWA           5 (skin)
      Germany TWA           5 (skin)
      Netherlands TWA       5 (skin)
      Switzerland TWA       5, 10 STEL (skin)
      United Kingdom TWA    5 (skin)
      Russia TWA            5
      Denmark               5 (skin)
      Finland              25, 40 STEL (skin)
      Hungary TWA          15 mg/m3, 30 mg/m3 STEL (skin)
      Poland TWA           50 mg/m3
      Sweden                5, 10 STEL (skin)
      USA PEL              25 (skin)
    • Additional information: No data

    • Personal protective equipment

    • General protective and hygienic measures

    • The usual precautionary measures for handling chemicals should be followed.
      Keep away from foodstuffs, beverages and feed.
      Remove all soiled and contaminated clothing immediately.
      Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work.
      Store protective clothing separately.
    • Breathing equipment:

    • Use suitable respirator when high concentrations are present.
    • Protection of hands: Impervious gloves

    • Eye protection: Safety glasses

    • Body protection: Protective work clothing.
  •   9 Physical and chemical properties:

    • Form:

    • Viscous
    • Color: Yellow

    • Odor: Not determined

    •                                      Value/Range  Unit    Method      

    • Change in condition

    • Melting point/Melting range:       Not determined

    • Boiling point/Boiling range:       Not determined

    • Sublimation temperature / start:   Not determined

    • Flash point:                       Not applicable

    • Ignition temperature:              Not determined

    • Decomposition temperature:         Not determined

    • Danger of explosion:

    • Product does not present an explosion hazard.

    • Explosion limits:

    • Lower:                             Not determined

    • Upper:                             Not determined

    • Vapor pressure:                    Not determined

    • Density:                           Not determined

    • Solubility in / Miscibility with

    • Water:                             Not determined
  •  10 Stability and reactivity

    • Thermal decomposition / conditions to be avoided:

    • Decomposition will not occur if used and stored according to specifications.
    • Materials to be avoided: Oxidizing agents

    • Dangerous reactions No dangerous reactions known

    • Dangerous products of decomposition:

    • Carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
      Metal oxide fume
  •  11 Toxicological information

    • Acute toxicity:

    • Primary irritant effect:

    • on the skin: Irritant to skin and mucous membranes.

    • on the eye: Irritating effect.

    • Sensitization: No sensitizing effects known.

    • Other information (about experimental toxicology):

    • Mutagenic effects have been observed on tests with laboratory animals.
      Reproductive effects have been observed on tests with laboratory animals.
    • Subacute to chronic toxicity:

    • 2-Methoxyethanol (ethylene glycol monomethyl ether) has caused birth defects, bone marrow damage, anemia, fetotoxicity, immunosupression and damage to the male reproductive system.  Acute effects can include nausea, headache and vomiting.  Chronic exposure also causes kidney, liver, lung, central nervous system and immune system damage.
      Zinc fumes may cause metal fume fever.  Effects include dry throat, metallic taste, chest pain, dyspnea, rales and dry cough.  Several hours later, chills may occur with lassitude, malaise, fatigue, headache, back pain, muscle cramps, blurred vision, nausea, fever, perspiration, vomiting and leukocytosis.
    • Subacute to chronic toxicity:

    • Glycol ethers may cause irritation to the skin, lungs, and eyes. Congestion and edema in the lungs has been reported.  Liver and kidney damage has been reported.  Tests with animals have resulted in birth defects, testicular damage and sperm damage.  Exposure may cause blood and central nervous system effects.  Severe aplastic anemia, macrocytic anemia, and blood platlet reductions have been reported.  Central nervous system effects include drowsiness, fatigue, tremors and mental dullness.
    • Additional toxicological information:

    • May impair fertility.
      May cause harm to the unborn child.
      To the best of our knowledge the acute and chronic toxicity of this substance is not fully known.
  •  12 Ecological information:

    • General notes:

    • Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper governmental permits.
  •  13 Disposal considerations

    • Product:

    • Recommendation

    • Consult state, local or national regulations for proper disposal.

    • Uncleaned packagings:

    • Recommendation:

    • Disposal must be made according to official regulations.
  •  14 Transport information

    • Not a hazardous material for transportation.

    • DOT regulations:

    • Hazard class:             None

    • Land transport ADR/RID  (cross-border)

    • ADR/RID class:                None

    • Maritime transport IMDG:

    • IMDG Class:               None

    • Air transport ICAO-TI and IATA-DGR:

    • ICAO/IATA Class:          None

    • Transport/Additional information:

    • Not dangerous according to the above specifications.
  •  15 Regulations

    • Product related hazard informations:

    • Hazard symbols: T Toxic

    • Risk phrases:

    • 60       May impair fertility
      61       May cause harm to the unborn child

    • Safety phrases:

    • 53       Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.
      28       After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water
      36/37/39 Wear suitable protective clothing, gloves and eye/face protection.
      45       In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately.

    • National regulations

    • All components of this product are listed in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical Substance Inventory.

    • Information about limitation of use:

    • For use only by technically qualified individuals.
      This product contains a glycol ether and is subject to the reporting requirements of section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 and 40CFR372.
  •  16 Other information:

    • Employers should use this information only as a supplement to other information gathered by them, and should make independent judgement of suitability of this information to ensure proper use and protect the health and safety of employees.  This information is furnished without warranty, and any use of the product not in conformance with this Material Safety Data Sheet, or in combination with any other product or process, is the responsibility of the user.

    • Department issuing MSDS: Health, Safety and Environmental Department.

    • Contact: Darrell R. Sanders