International Chemical Safety Cards

PROPYLENE GLYCOL ICSC: 0321
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
1,2-Propanediol
Methyl ethylene glycol
1,2-Dihydroxypropane
C3H8O2 / CH3CHOHCH2OH
Molecular mass: 76.09
ICSC #    0321
CAS #     57-55-6
RTECS # TY2000000
July 10, 1997 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Powder, alcohol-resistant foam, water spray, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 99C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 99C use a closed system, ventilation.
In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
STRICT HYGIENE!

 •INHALATION
Ventilation.
Fresh air, rest.
 •SKIN
Protective gloves.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
 •EYES Redness. Pain.
Safety spectacles.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Wash away spilled liquid with plenty of water.
See Chemical Dangers. Dry. Well closed. Ventilation along the floor.

SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 0321 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

PROPYLENE GLYCOL ICSC: 0321
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS, ODOURLESS, HYGROSCOPIC, VISCOUS LIQUID

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
The vapour is heavier than air.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
Reacts with strong oxidants, causing fire hazard.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV not established.
MAK: IIb (not established but data is available) (DFG 2006).


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

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful contamination of the air will not or will only very slowly be reached on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance irritates the eyes.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 188.2C
Melting point: -59C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.04
Solubility in water: miscible
Vapour pressure, Pa at 20C: 10.6
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.6
Flash point: 99C c.c.; 107C o.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 371C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 2.6-12.6
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: -0.92
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
NFPA Code: H0; F1; R0;
Card has been partially updated in July 2007: see Occupational Exposure Limits.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0321 PROPYLENE GLYCOL
(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.