HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION:
May cause irritation of mouth, throat and digestive tract. Large doses may cause drowsiness and may lead to
unconsciousness. Aspiration (liquid into lungs) of vomited material hazardous. Can cause severe, even fatal
May cause slight to moderate eye irritation. This can result in a stinging sensation, watering of the eyes and
inflammation of the eyelids.
May be slightly irritating to skin. This can result in itching and redness of the skin. Poisoning may occur
from prolonged exposure or massive skin contact.
Inhalation of mists of aerosols can produce respiratory irritation. vapours can cause headache, nausea with
vomiting, dizziness, confusion and other effects of central nervous system depression. Loss of consciousness can occur at high concentrations followed by convulsions and death. Inhalation of low concentrations of Hydrogen Fluoride initially include symptoms of choking, coughing, and severe nose and throat irritation.
Prolonged or repeated contact may cause dermatitis. Inhalation of fumes from overheating PTFE may cause
polymer fume fever, a temporary flu-like illness with fever, chills, and sometimes cough, of approximately 24 hours
duration. Protection against acute exposure should also provide protection against any potential chronic effects.
Significant skin permeation after contact appears unlikely. There are no reports of human sensitisation. Small
amounts of carbonyl fluoride and hydrogen fluoride may also be evolved when PTFE is overheated.
Inhalation of low concentrations of Hydrogen Fluoride can initially include symptoms of choking, coughing,
and severe eye, nose and throat irritation. Possibly followed after a symptomless period of 1 - 2 days by fever, chills, difficulty in breathing, cyanosis, and pulmonary edema. Acute or chronic overexposure to HF can injure the liver and kidneys.
Inhalation, ingestion, or skin or eye contact with Carbonyl Fluoride may initially include: skin irritation with
discomfort or rash; eye corrosion with corneal or conjunctival ulceration; irritation of the upper respiratory passages; or temporary lung irritation effects with cough, discomfort, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath. By analogy with phosgene, symptoms may be delayed.
Individuals with pre-existing diseases of the lungs may have increased susceptibility to the toxicity of
excessive exposures from thermal decomposition derivatives. None of the components present in this material at concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1% are listed by IARC, NTP, OSHA or ACGIH as a carcinogen.
Do Not Induce Vomiting due to the risk of the material entering the lungs.
Do Not give anything to drink to victim that is unconscious or losing consciousness. Thoroughly rinse victims mouth
with water. Give one or two cups of water to drink to dilute material in stomach. If vomiting occurs naturally, lean the victim forward to reduce the risk of the material entering the lungs (aspiration). Repeat administration of water. Consult a physician if necessary.
Flush with copious water for at least 15 minutes. If irritation persists, seek medical aid.
The compound is not likely to be hazardous by skin contact, but cleansing the skin after use is advisable. If
molten product contacts skin, cool rapidly with cold water. Do not attempt to peel from skin. Obtain medical treatment for thermal burn. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before re-use.
No specific intervention is indicated as the compound is not likely to be hazardous by inhalation. Consult a
physician if necessary. If exposed to fumes from overheating or combustion, move to fresh air. Keep warm and at rest.
Get medical aid.
FIRST AID FACILITIES:
Soap, warm water and eye wash required near worksite.
ADVICE TO DOCTOR:
Because of the risk of aspiration, gastric lavage should only be undertaken after endotracheal intubation.
PRECAUTIONS FOR USE:
TLV TWA: 790mg / m³
In confined spaces, or when high levels of vapour or mist are encountered, exhaust ventilation should be
provided to maintain airborne concentrations below the exposure standards.
Always wash hands before smoking, eating, drinking or using the toilet. The use of barrier cream is
recommended. Avoid contact with the skin and breathing in vapours or mists. follow normal industrial personal
protection practices. The use of additional protective clothing should be readily available.
a. Splash proof chemical safety goggles or face shield.
b. Neoprene or nitrile rubber gloves.
c. Chemical resistant rubber boots.
d. PVC or leather apron and sleeves or PVC overalls.
Details on the use and selection of respiratory protection can be found in Australian Standard 1715. Where
the concentration of vapour or mist approaches the exposure limit, the following personal protective equipment is
a. Short elevated exposures - filter respirator with correct organic vapour filter. If the exposure is more than 10 times the exposure limit then the use of air supplied respirator may be required.
b. For prolonged, elevated exposures - air supplier respirator or self contained breathing apparatus(SCBA).
Difficult to ignite, and flame goes out when initiating source is removed (UL-94). Limited flame spread and low smoke generation (NFPA 262-1990, UL-910). Complies with NFPA definition of "limited combustible" material.
High self-ignition and auto-ignition temperatures (AS™ D1929). Hazardous gases / vapours produced in fire are hydrogen fluoride (HF), carbon monoxide, potentially toxic fluorinated compounds.
Environmentally hazardous material in solution form. Non - Hazardous (1) One hour after exposure to air. Prevent entry to waterways and drains.
STORAGE AND TRANSPORT:
Schedule 5 Poison. Keep containers securely sealed and protected against physical damage. Store away from sources of heat or ignition. Store in a well ventilated area. Store away from oxidizing agents. Refer to AS 1940 for the design, construction and operation of installations for the storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids in locations that are generally industrial, commercial or rural in nature.
PACKAGING AND LABELLING:
Conforms to the Australian Dangerous Goods Code: Non - Applicable
Section 3 "Marking of packages, Vehicles and Transport Containers.
Section 5 "Packaging for Dangerous Goods"
Section 9.4 "Alphabetical List of Dangerous Goods"
SPILLS AND DISPOSAL:
Shut off all possible sources of ignition. Remove any naked lights and strong heat sources. Do Not Smoke.
For large spills notify Emergency Services. Evacuate unprotected personnel from danger area. Work upwind. If
spillage occurs in a confined space ensure adequate ventilation. Isolate leaking containers and stop if safe to do so.
Contain using sand and earth, prevent runoff into drains and waterways. If contamination of sewers or waterways has
occurred advise the local emergency services. Wear appropriate protective clothing and equipment, see 'Personal
Protection' in this MSDS.
Less than 100 litres. Absorb the liquid with sand, earth or other non-combustible absorbent. Place used
absorbent into suitable, sealable container and label.
Take up with vacuum track or absorb with sand, earth or non-combustible absorbent, place in a suitable
container, seal and label. Follow the disposal requirements of the State Environmental Protection Authority. Do Not
flush into drains or sewers.
FIRE & EXPLOSION HAZARD:
Hazardous decomposition products of heating and or burning.
Extinguish Fire with CO2, Dry Chemical or Foam.
Reactivity Data: Carbon Monoxide and Dioxide, smoke.
Fire Fighting Instructions - wear self-contained breathing apparatus. Wear full protective equipment. Hydrogen Fluoride fumes emitted during a fire can react with water to form Hydrofluoric Acid. Wear neoprene gloves when handling refuse from fire.
Chemical Stability: Stable at normal temperatures and storage conditions.
Incompatibility with other materials:
Incompatible or can react with finely divided metal powders (e.g., Aluminium and Magnesium) and potent
oxidisers such as fluorine (F2) and related compounds (e.g., Chlorine Trifluoride, ClF3). Contact with incompatibles
can cause fire, and explosion.
Decomposition: Heating above 300°C (572°F), may cause evolution of particulate matter, which can cause polymer fume fever (see Human Health Effects). Trace amounts of Hydrogen Fluoride and Carbonyl Fluoride may be evolved at about 400°C (750°F), with larger amounts at higher temperatures.
OTHER SAFE HANDLING INFORMATION:
3. ON SPILLAGE HYDROCARBON CONTENT WILL EVAPORATE PROPORTIONATELY LEAVING ORGANIC NON-TOXIC LANOLIN and TEFLON (PTFE).
Contact Point: CHEMICAL EMERGENCIES: 02 9153 8587
TECHNICAL ADVICE: 02 9153 8587
Date Reviewed: 01/02/99
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