International Chemical Safety Cards

TRIMETHYL PHOSPHITE ICSC: 1556
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Phophorous acid, trimethyl ester
Trimethoxy phosphine
Methyl phosphite
C3H9O3P / (CH3O)3P
Molecular mass: 124.1
3 Flammable Liquid placard ICSC #    1556
CAS #     121-45-9
RTECS # TH1400000
UN #        2329
October 26, 2004 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Foam, carbon dioxide, powder .
EXPLOSION Above 23C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 23C use a closed system, ventilation, and explosion-proof electrical equipment.
In case of fire: cool drums, etc., by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
AVOID EXPOSURE OF (PREGNANT) WOMEN!

 •INHALATION Cough. Sore throat.
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest.
 •SKIN Redness. Pain.
Protective gloves.
Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
 •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. Personal protection: self-contained breathing apparatus.
Fireproof. Separated from oxidants , strong bases.

UN Hazard Class: 3
UN Packing Group: III
SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 1556 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

TRIMETHYL PHOSPHITE ICSC: 1556
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS LIQUID , WITH PUNGENT ODOUR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
On combustion, forms toxic fumesincludingphosphineandphosphorous oxides. Reacts with water producing methanol and dimethyl phosphite. Reacts with oxidants and strong bases . Reacts with magnesium perchlorate causing explosion hazard.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: 2 ppm as TWA; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: IIb (not established but data is available); skin absorption (H); (DFG 2004).
OSHA PEL: none
NIOSH REL: TWA 2 ppm (10 mg/m3)
NIOSH IDLH: N.D. See: IDLH INDEX


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

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

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

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Animal tests show that this substance possibly causes toxicity to human reproduction or development.
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 111.5C
Melting point: -78C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.1
Solubility in water:
reaction
Vapour pressure, kPa at 25C: 3.2
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 4.3
Flash point:
23C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 250 C
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
Environmental effects from the substance have not been investigated.
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-30GF1-III

NFPA Code: H1; F3; R1;
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 1556 TRIMETHYL PHOSPHITE
(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.