International Chemical Safety Cards

ZINC OXIDE ICSC: 0208
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Zinc white
Zinc monoxide
C.I. Pigment White 4
ZnO
Molecular mass: 81.4
ICSC #    0208
CAS #     1314-13-2
RTECS # ZH4810000
EC #         030-013-00-7
April 21, 2004 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

 •INHALATION Sore throat. Headache. Fever or elevated body temperature. Nausea. Vomiting. Weakness. Chills. Muscular pain. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
Local exhaust or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
 •SKIN
Protective gloves.
Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
 •EYES
Safety goggles.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. Nausea. Vomiting.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: particulate filter respirator adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place.


N symbol
R: 50/53
S: 60-61
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 0208 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities (C) IPCS CEC 1994. No modifications to the International version have been made except to add the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.

International Chemical Safety Cards

ZINC OXIDE ICSC: 0208
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
WHITE POWDER

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
Reacts violently with with aluminium and magnesium powders, and with chlorinated rubber on heating causing fire and explosion hazard.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: (as respirable fraction) 2 mg/m as TWA; 10 mg/m as STEL; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: (Respirable fraction) : 0.1 mg/m;
Peak limitation category: I(4);
(Inhalable fraction) : 2 mg/m;
Peak limitation category: I(2); Pregnancy risk group: C
(DFG 2009).
OSHA PEL: TWA 5 mg/m3 (fume) TWA 15 mg/m3 (total dust) TWA 5 mg/m3 (resp dust)
NIOSH REL: Dust: TWA 5 mg/m3 C 15 mg/m3
Fume: TWA 5 mg/m3 ST 10 mg/m3
NIOSH IDLH: 500 mg/m3 See: 1314132


ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly especially for zinc oxide fume particles.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
Inhalation of fumes may cause metal fume fever. The substance as a fume is irritating to the respiratory tract . The effects may be delayed. See Notes.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Melting point: 1975C
Density: 5.6
g/cm
Solubility in water: none
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
The symptoms of metal fume fever do not become manifest until a few hours have passed.
Card has been partially updated in October 2004: see Occupational Exposure Limits, EU Classification, Emergency Response.
Card has been partially updated in April 2010: see Occupational Exposure Limits, Spillage Disposal.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0208 ZINC OXIDE
(C) IPCS, CEC, 1994
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: Neither NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS nor any person acting on behalf of NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS is responsible for the use which might be made of this information. This card contains the collective views of the IPCS Peer Review Committee and may not reflect in all cases all the detailed requirements included in national legislation on the subject. The user should verify compliance of the cards with the relevant legislation in the country of use. The only modifications made to produce the U.S. version is inclusion of the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.