International Chemical Safety Cards

SULFUR TRIOXIDE ICSC: 1202
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Sulphuric (acid) anhydride
Sulfuric oxide
SO3
Molecular mass: 80.1
8 Corrosive placard ICSC #    1202
CAS #     7446-11-9
RTECS # WT4830000
UN #        1829
October 10, 2002 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Heating will cause rise in pressure with risk of bursting. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO contact with base(s), combustibles, reducing agents, water.
NO hydrous agents . NO water . In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION Risk of fire and explosion on contact with base(s), combustible substances, reducing agents, water.

In case of fire: cool drums, etc., by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS! AVOID ALL CONTACT!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
 •INHALATION Burning sensation. Cough. Laboured breathing. Sore throat. Wheezing. Shortness of breath.
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Refer for medical attention.
 •SKIN Redness. Serious skin burns. Pain. Blisters.
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
 •EYES Redness. Pain. Blurred vision. Severe deep burns.
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 Abdominal pain. Burning sensation. Nausea. Shock or collapse.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Refer for medical attention. Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give plenty of water to drink.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Do NOT absorb in saw-dust or other combustible absorbents. Absorb remaining liquid in dry sand or inert absorbent and remove to safe place. Ventilation. NEVER direct water jet on liquid. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Chemical protection suit including self-contained breathing apparatus.
Store only if stabilized. Separated from food and feedstuffs , incompatible materials . See Chemical Dangers. Dry. Store between 17C and 25C.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. Airtight.
UN Hazard Class: 8
UN Packing Group: I
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 1202 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

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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
FUMING HYGROSCOPIC COLOURLESS LIQUID OR COLOURLESS TO WHITE CRYSTALS

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
The vapour is heavier than air. See Notes.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance is a strong oxidant and reacts violently with combustible and reducing materials and organic compounds causing fire and explosion hazard. Reacts violently with water and moist air to produce sulfuric acid. The solution in water is a strong acid, it reacts violently with bases and is corrosive metals forming flammable/explosive gas (hydrogen - see ICSC0001).

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV not established.


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 be reached very quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Corrosive on ingestion.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Lungs may be affected by repeated or prolonged exposure to an aerosol of this substance. Risk of tooth erosion upon repeated or prolonged exposure to an aerosol of this substance. Strong inorganic acid mists containing this substance are carcinogenic to humans.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 45C
Melting point: see Notes
Relative density (water = 1): 1.9
Solubility in water: reaction
Vapour pressure, kPa at 25C: see Notes
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.8
Relative density of the vapour/air-mixture at 20C (air = 1): 1.2-2
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA
Environmental Hazard placard The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.
N O T E S
NEVER pour water into this substance; when dissolving or diluting always add it slowly to the water. When the alpha form melts it takes the gamma form, and vapor pressure rises dramatically with a hazard of explosion. Melting point is 62, 33 and 17C for alpha, beta and gamma forms. Vapour pressure is 9.7, 45.9 and 57.7 kPa at 25C for alpha, beta and gamma forms.
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-80GC1-I-X

NFPA Code: H3; F0; R2;
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 1202 SULFUR TRIOXIDE
(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.