International Chemical Safety Cards

FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free) ICSC: 0695
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Methanal
Formalin
H2CO
Molecular mass: 30.0
8 Corrosive placard ICSC #    0695
CAS #     50-00-0
RTECS # LP8925000
UN #        2209
EC #         605-001-00-5
October 26, 2004 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Water in large amounts, water spray.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
AVOID ALL CONTACT!

 •INHALATION Burning sensation. Cough. Headache. Nausea. Shortness of breath.
Local exhaust or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
 •SKIN Redness.
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
 •EYES Causes watering of the eyes. Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.
Face shield, or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION Burning sensation. Nausea. Shock or collapse.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Ventilation. Remove all ignition sources. Chemical protection suit. Personal protection: filter respirator for organic gases and vapours. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.
Cool. Well closed. Keep in a well-ventilated room.

Note: B, D
T symbol
R: 23/24/25-34-40-43
S: 1/2-26-36/37/39-45-51
UN Hazard Class: 8
UN Packing Group: III
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 0695 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

FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free) ICSC: 0695
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS LIQUID

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
Reacts with acids , alkali metals and strong oxidants .

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: 0.3 ppm (Ceiling value); A2; SEN; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: 0.3 ppm 0.37 mg/m; Sh;
Peak limitation category: I(2); Carcinogen category: 4; Germ cell mutagen group: 5; Pregnancy risk group: C;
(DFG 2004).


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

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful contamination of the air can be reached rather quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is severely irritating to the eyes , the skin and is irritating to the respiratory tract .

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. Repeated or prolonged inhalation exposure may cause asthma-like symptoms. This substance is carcinogenic to humans.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 98C
Solubility in water:
very good
Flash point:
83C c.c.
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA
Environmental Hazard placard The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms.
N O T E S
Methanol, added as stabilizer or inhibitor to commercial formulations, can influence the physical and toxicological properties of this substance. See ICSC 0057 Methanol. The occupational exposure limit value should not be exceeded during any part of the working exposure.
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-80S2209

NFPA Code: H2; F2; R0;
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0695 FORMALDEHYDE (37% SOLUTION, methanol free)
(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.