International Chemical Safety Cards

HEXACHLOROCYCLOHEXANE (MIXED ISOMERS) ICSC: 0487
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
1,2,3,4,5,6-Hexachlorocyclohexane (mixed isomers)
BHC/HCH (mixture of isomers)
1,2,3,4,5,6-Benzenehexachloride (mixed isomers)
C6H6Cl6 / ClCH(CHCl)4CHCl
Molecular mass: 290.8
6 Harmful - Stow Away from Foodstuffs placard 6 Poison placard ICSC #    0487
CAS #     608-73-1
RTECS # GV3150000
UN #        2761
EC #         602-042-00-0
November 25, 2009 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Liquid formulations containing organic solvents may be flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION Risk of fire and explosion if formulations contain flammable/explosive solvents

In case of fire: keep drums, etc., cool by spraying with water.
EXPOSURE
AVOID ALL CONTACT! AVOID EXPOSURE OF BREASTFEEDING WOMEN!

 •INHALATION Cough. Sore throat. Further see Ingestion.
Avoid inhalation of dust
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
 •SKIN MAY BE ABSORBED!
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Wear protective gloves when administering first aid. Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention.
 •EYES Redness.
Face shield, or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION Headache. Nausea. Vomiting. Diarrhoea. Dizziness. Tremors. Convulsions.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Give a slurry of activated charcoal in water to drink, NOT if convulsions occur. Refer immediately for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and particulates adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance, chemical protection suit including self-contained breathing apparatus, protective gloves. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Sweep spilled substance into non-metallic, sealable containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place.
Well closed. Store in an area without drain or sewer access. Provision to contain effluent from fire extinguishing. Separated from bases, metals, food and feedstuffs.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
Note: C
T symbol
N symbol
R: 21-25-40-50/53
S: 1/2-22-36/37-45-60-61
UN Hazard Class: 6.1
UN Packing Group: III
Signal: Danger
Skull-Health haz-Enviro
Toxic if swallowed
Harmful in contact with skin
Suspected of causing cancer
May cause harm to breast-fed children
Causes damage to central nervous system
May cause damage to nervous system, bone marrow, kidney and liver through prolonged or repeated exposure
Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 0487 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

HEXACHLOROCYCLOHEXANE (MIXED ISOMERS) ICSC: 0487
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
WHITE TO BROWNISH FLAKES OR WHITE CRYSTALLINE POWDER, WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance decomposes on contact with hot surfaces or flames, producing toxic and corrosive fumes including chlorine, hydrogen chloride and phosgene,

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV not established.
MAK: (Inhalable fraction) 0.5 mg/m³;
Peak limitation category: II(8);
skin absorption (H); (DFG 2009).
see Notes


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

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly when dispersed.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance may cause effects on the central nervous system, resulting in convulsions.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis. The substance may have effects on the nervous system, bone marrow, kidneys and liver. This substance is probably carcinogenic to humans. Animal tests show that this substance possibly causes toxicity to human reproduction or development.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: (See Notes)
Melting point: (See Notes)
Density: 1.9
g/cm³
Solubility in water: (very poor)
Vapour pressure, kPa at °C: See Notes
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA
Environmental Hazard placard The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms. Bioaccumulation of this chemical may occur along the food chain, for example in fish and in seafood. The substance may cause long-term effects in the aquatic environment. This substance does enter the environment under normal use. Great care, however, should be given to avoid any additional release, e.g. through inappropriate disposal.
N O T E S
Boiling point, melting point and vapour pressure are depending on isomeric composition. Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated. The symptoms of convulsions do not become manifest until 0.5 to several hours. Carrier solvents used in commercial formulations may change physical and toxicological properties. Do NOT take working clothes home. Do NOT use in the vicinity of a fire or a hot surface, or during welding. .
Occupational Exposure Limits : MAK value is for technical mixture of alpha and beta isomers (0.5 mg/m3=(Conc.alpha-HCH divided by 5) + Conc beta-HCH)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0487 HEXACHLOROCYCLOHEXANE (MIXED ISOMERS)
(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.