Section 1: Identification of Product Date Effective............. January 8, 2009 (most recent revision) Chemical Name/Synonyms..... Hydrocarbon wax Chemical family............ Hydrocarbon wax Emergencies Contacting CHEMTREC: 24 Hour Emergency Use Only #'s...... Worldwide phone: 1-(703)-527-3887 Worldwide FAX: 1-(703)-741-6090 Toll-free phone: 1-(800)-424-9300 USA only Product or Trade Name...... Parafilm M and Parafilm Grafting Tape CAS #...................... None assigned Chemical Formula........... -(CH2-CH2)-
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Component Name CAS # OSHA OSHA ACGIH ACGIH Carcinogenic PEL STEL TLV STEL Listing No data available Proprietary additives N/L N/L N/L N/L N/L Note: N/L = Not listed Concentration by Wt/Mol% Avg. Min. Max. 98.0 100.0 0.0 2.0
Emergency overview: This material is not hazardous by OSHA Hazard Communication Definition Signal Word CAUTION! Physical Health Hazards: Dust may form explosive mixtures with air. Molten Parafilm may cause thermal burns. Irritating fumes may be produced at elevated temperatures. Physical state: Solid Color: Translucent to white Odor: Faint, mild hydrocarbon odor Odor threshold: No data available Potential Health Effects: Routes of exposure: Ingestion, skin contact Signs and Symptoms of Acute Exposure: Molten product may cause thermal burns. At elevated temperatures, irritating fumes may cause soreness in the nose and throat, coughing may result. Skin contact: Molten product may cause thermal burns Inhalation: At elevated temperatures irritating fumes may be produced. Inhalation of such fumes may cause soreness in the nose and throat and coughing. Inhaling Parafilm dust is considered a nuisance. Eye contact: Mechanical irritation is possible if abraided into a dust form. Ingestion: Ingestion is unlikely Chronic Health Effects Summary: No known chronic health effects. Polyethylene Homopolymer: Conditions Aggravated by Exposure: No known conditions are aggravated by this material.
Take proper precautions to ensure your own health and safety before attempting to rescue and providing first aid. For specific information refer to the Emergency Overview in Section of this MSDS. Inhalation: If symptoms are experienced, move victim to fresh air, if symptoms persist, obtain medical attention. Eye Contact: Wash eyes with clean low-pressure water. If irritation persists, seek medical advice. Skin Contact: If molten material contacts the skin, immediately flush the skin with large amounts of water to cool the affected tissue and polymer. Do not attempt to peel the Parafilm wax from skin. Get medical attention immediately. Ingestion: Adverse health effects due to ingestion are not anticipated. If gastric irritation or discomfort persists, seek medical advice.
NFPA Rating: Health: 0 Fire: 1 Reactivity: 0 Flammability classification: The Parafilm wax will burn just like a candle wax. It will ignite by any open flame. Flash Point/Method: Not applicable Auto-Ignition Temperature: Not known Flammable Limits: Lower: Not applicable Upper: Not applicable Hazardous Combustion Products: Carbon monoxide, olefinic and paraffinic compounds, trace amounts of organic acids, ketones, aldehydes and alcohols may be formed. Special Conditions to Avoid: Polyolefin dust particles in the atmosphere are combustible and may be explosive. Keep away from heat, sparks, flame and all other ignition sources. If the product is abraided, clean up dust accumulations. Prevent dust accumulations and dust clouds, Extinguishing Media: Small fires: Use dry chemicals, CO2, water spray. Large fires: Use dry chemicals, CO2, water spray. Fire Fighting Instructions: Protective Equipment/Clothing: Wear a NIOSH approved positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus and firefighter turnout gear. Instructions: Use flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out.
Release response: Pick up and retain for recycle or disposal. Reportable Quantities: See Section 15: Regulatory information.
Handling: No particular precautions needed. Storage: Keep container dry. Store away from excessive heat and away from strong oxidizing agents. Keep container closed to prevent contamination. Maximum shelf life without deterioration is three years if stored between 7°C and 32°C and 50% relative humidity.
Engineering Controls: If user operations generate dust or fumes, ventilate area to prevent accumulation. For the normal use in a laboratory environment, we would not anticipate any dust being formed. Personal Protection: Inhalation: None needed except in the case where dust is being generated, in which case, use appropriate respiratory protection where atmosphere exceeds recommended limits (for polyolefins). Total Dust (PNOC): ACGIH 10mg/M3, OSHA 15 mg/M3. Respirable Dust(PNOC) ACGIH 3 mg/M3, OSHA 5 mg/M3. Skin: Protective clothing such as long sleeves or a lab coat should be worn. When handling heated materials, also be sure to use heat-resistant gloves, boots and face protection. Eye: Always use safety glasses when working in the laboratory.
Boiling Point/Range: Not applicable pH: Not applicable Vapor Pressure: Not applicable Viscosity: Not applicable Specific Gravity: Solid/Liquid Not known Vapor Not applicable Water solubility: Insoluble Octanol/Water Partition Coefficient in Kow: Specific value not known Melting/Freezing Point: Material becomes "sticky" at ~ 130 - 150°F (55-66°C). Evaporation Rate: Not applicable
Chemical Stability: The product is stable Conditions to Avoid: Avoid contact with strong oxidizers, excessive heat, sparks or open flame or dust accumulation. Incompatibility with: Chlorine, fuming nitric acid and strong oxidizing agents. Hazardous Products of Deposition: Not expected to decompose under normal conditions. Reactions with Air and Water: Does not react with air, water or other common materials.
Summary: Not considered to be toxic to humans or animals Skin Effects: No skin effects are expected from Parafilm contact. Acute Oral Effects: Not known Acute Inhalation Effects: Rats inhaling polyethylene dust developed mild inflammatory changes in the lungs. Prolonged inhalation of thermal degradation products from polyethylene caused neurological effects in rats. We would expect that inhalation of Parafilm dust could have similar effects. Subchronic Effects: For polyethyelen, subchronic, 50-90 day, feeding studies conducted on rats, dogs, and swine showed no effects from dietary levels of 1 to 20% powdered and shredded polyethylene. IARC has listed polyethylene as a Group 3 substance (not classifiable as to carcinogenicity to humans). Although Parafilm is not polyethylene, we believe it is sufficiently close in composition that one could infer similar effects. Chronic Effects/Carcinogenicity: None expected Reproductive/Development Effects: No reproductive or developmental effects are expected.
Exotoxicity: Exotoxicity is expected to be low based on the low water solubility of polymers. Environmental Fate: No information found in our selected references. Bioaccumulation: Not expected to occur.
This material is NOT classified as a hazardous material by RCRA. Use only licensed transporters and permitted disposal facilities and conform to all laws. Recycle to process, if possible.
Proper Shipping Name: Wax DOT Hazard Class: Non-Regulated UN/NA ID: Not Regulated Packing Group: Not Applicable Labels: Not Regulated Marine Pollutant: No NAER Guidebook: Not Regulated DOT Status: Not Regulated
TSCA: All components of this product are listed on the TSCA 8(b) inventory. If identified components of this product are listed under the TSCA 12(b) Export Notification Rule, they will be listed below. TSCA 12(b) Component Listed under TSCA Section SARA-Section 313 Emissions Reporting: Component Reporting Threshold SARA-Section 311/312: No components present in this product are subject to the reporting requirements of this statute. CERCLA Hazardous Substances and their Reportable Quantities: Component Reportable Quantity California Prop. 65: Proposition 65 requires manufacturers or distributors of consumer products into the State of California to provide a warning statement if the product contains ingredients for which the State has found to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm. If this product contains an ingredient listed by the State of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, it will be listed below:
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