International Chemical Safety Cards

MAGNESIUM STEARATE ICSC: 1403
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Octadecanoic acid, magnesium salt
Dibasic magnesium stearate
C36H70MgO4 / Mg(C18H35O2)2
Molecular mass: 591.3
ICSC #    1403
CAS #     557-04-0
RTECS # WI4390000
October 17, 2001 Validated
Pi, Study (1st batch of chemical part)
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames.
In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.

EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

 •INHALATION Cough.
Local exhaust.
Fresh air, rest.
 •SKIN
Protective gloves.

 •EYES
Safety spectacles.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION Vomiting.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Rest.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. (Extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles.)


SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 1403 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

MAGNESIUM STEARATE ICSC: 1403
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
WHITE POWDER

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air. If dry, it can be charged electrostatically by swirling, pneumatic transport, pouring, etc.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance decomposes on burning, producing irritating fumes .

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: (as stearate) 10 mg/m as TWA A4 (ACGIH 2001).
MAK not established.


ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation.

INHALATION RISK:
A nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can be reached quickly when dispersed.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:


EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Melting point: 88C
Density: 1.02
g/cm
Solubility in water: none
Flash point: see Notes
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
The substance is combustible but no flash point is available in literature.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 1403 MAGNESIUM STEARATE
(C) IPCS, CEC, 1994
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