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Material Safety Data Sheet

SPI #01858-CF, 01858-MB, 01859-CF, 01859-MB ACLAR® Copolymer Films

Section 1: Identification

Date Effective........... January 8, 2009
                          (most recent revision)

Chemical Name/Synonyms...  Polychlorotrifluoroethyelene
                           Chlorotrifluoroethene 1, 
                           1-Difluoroethene Copolymer 
                           ACLAR  33C; also 22A, 22C, 88A

Product Use..............  Plastic film for use in microscopy 
                           and histology laboratories

Chemical family..........  Fluoro polymer films

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....  SPI #01858-CF, 01858-MB, 01859-CF,
                           01859-MB ACLAR® Copolymer Films

CAS #....................  9010-75-7

Chemical Formula.........  Not known

Section 2 Composition / Information on Ingredients


Chlorotrifluoroethene 1,      9010-75-7          99-100
1-Difluoroethene Copolymer

Trace impurities and additional material names not listed above may also
appear in Section 15 near the end of the MSDS.  These materials may be
listed for local "Right-To-Know" compliance and for other reasons.

Section 3: Hazard Identification

Emergency overview:

A clear plastic film.  Not considered hazardous under normal usage.
Can release irritating and/or toxic vapors at elevated processing
temperatures or if involved in a fire.  Caution should be exercised
about not permitting the film to come in contact with a hot plate
that is going to take the ACLAR film beyond the point where vapors
are released from the film.

Potential Health Hazards:

Skin:  Not considered hazardous.  Molten polymer may cause
       thermal burns. 

Eyes:  Not considered hazardous.  May cause mechanical irritation
       if film comes into contact with the eye.

Inhalation:  Not a route of exposure under normal usage.  Elevated
             processing temperatures may release irritating vapors,
             and large amounts of cutting could generate irritating

Ingestion:  Not a route of exposure.  Not considered hazardous.

Delayed Effects:  None known.

Conditions Aggravated by Exposure:  No known conditions are aggravated
                                    by this material.

Ingredients found on one of the OSHA designated carcinogen
lists are listed below.


Section 4: First Aid Measures

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.

Skin:  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 polymer from skin.  Get
       medical attention immediately.

Eyes:  None needed under normal usage.  If material comes into contact
       with the eye, flush eyes with water while holding eyelids apart
       to ensure complete irrigation.

Inhalation:  None needed under normal usage. If exposed to vapors at
             elevated processing temperatures, remove to fresh air.

Ingestion:  None needed.

Advice to physician:  None.

Section 5: Fire Fighting Measures

Flammable Properties
Flash Point:  Not applicable.
Flash Point Method:  Not applicable.
Autoignition Temperature:  Not determined.

Upper flame limit (volume % in air):  Not applicable.  Non-volatile solid.
Lower flame limit (volume % in air):  Not applicable.  Non-volatile solid.

Flame propagation rate (solids):  Not determined.
OSHA Flammability class:  Not determined.

Extinguishing Media:  Carbon dioxide, dry chemical foam, water or
                      other agents as appropriate for materials in
                      surrounding fire.

Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards:  Gaseous products may be evolved
                                     if the film is heated to very high
                                     temperatures and they should be
                                     regarded as hazardous.

Special Fire Fighting Precautions/Instructions:

Wear NIOSH/MSHA approved positive pressure self-contained breathing
apparatus and full protective clothing.

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

In Case of Spill or Other Release:

(Always wear recommended personal protective equipment.)
Collect and place in a solid waste container.

Spills and releases may have to be reported to Federal and/or local
authorities.  See Section 15 regarding reporting requirements.

Section 7: Handling and Storage

Normal Handling:  (Always wear recommended personal protective equipment.)
Use normal personal hygiene and good housekeeping.  If intended for food
or pharmaceutical packaging applications, the product should be handled
according to applicable Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs).

Storage Recommendations:  Store in a cool, dry area, away from direct heat
or sunlight.  If intended for food or pharmaceutical packaging applications,
keep away from pesticides, PCBs and other hazardous chemicals.

Section 8: Exposure Controls and Personal Protection

Engineering Controls:
General room ventilation is adequate for vacuum forming operations
where the film is not heated above 375 F (190 C).  In heat sealing
and other operations which heat the film to temperatures of 555 F
(290 C) or higher, local exhaust ventilation should be used at points
of fume generation to maintain exposure below the PEL/TLV exposure limits.

Personal Protective Equipment

Skin Protection: Not normally required. Use heat resistant gloves if handling melted material. Eye Protection: As a general practice in manufacturing areas, safety glasses that conform to ANSI Z87.1 should be worn. Respiratory Protection: Under normal usage, not normally required. A NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator should be worn in areas where the PEL/TLV is exceeded. Additional Recommendations: None. Exposure Guidelines INGREDIENT NAME ACGIH TLV OSHA PEL OTHER LIMIT No ingredients listed in this section. Other Exposure Limits for Potential Decomposition of Products Hydrogen Chloride: ACGIH TLV-Ceiling = 5 ppm (7.5 mg/m ); OSHA PEL-Ceiling = 5 ppm (7 mg/m). Hydrogen Fluoride: ACGIH TLV-Ceiling = 3 ppm (2.6 mg/m ); OSHA PEL-TWA = 3 ppm as F, OSHA PEL-STEL = 6 ppm as F.

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance:  Clear plastic film.
Physical state:  Solid.
Odor:  None.
Specific Gravity (water = 1.0):  2.08-2.12
Solubility in Water (weight%):  Negligible.
pH:  Not applicable.
Boiling Point:  Not applicable.
Melting Point:  374-403 F (190-206 C)
Vapor Pressure:  Negligible at room temperature.
Vapor Density (air = 1.0):  Not determined.
Evaporation Rate:  Not determined. 
% Volatiles:  Negligible.
Flash Point:  Not applicable.

(Flash point method and additional flammability data are found in Section 5.)

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity

Normally Stable?  (Conditions to Avoid)
Normally stable.  Avoid exposure to open flame or temperatures exceeding
recommended processing temperatures.  The maximum temperature to which the
film can be exposed will vary with exposure (dwell) time.  Any such heating
should be done under exhaust fume hood conditions and the breathing of
vapors should be avoided.
Alkali metal complexes and organic amines.  Highly chlorinated-fluorinated
solvents, nitrogen tetroxide and chlorine gas tend to plasticize the film.
Silicones tend to induce stress cracking.

Hazardous Decomposition Products:
Thermal decomposition products may include hydrogen chloride, hydrogen
fluoride, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and combustion by-products
(oxidized and non-oxidized hydrocarbons).
Hazardous Polymerization:
Will not occur.

Section 11: Toxicological Information

Immediate (Acute) Effects:
Not determined.

Delayed (Subchronic and Chronic) Effects:
None known.

Other Data:

Section 12: Ecological Information

Exotoxicity:  Exotoxicity is expected to be low based on the near zero
water solubility of the polymer.  Material is considered inert and not
expected to be biodegradable or toxic. 

Bioaccumulation:  Not expected to occur.

Section 13: Disposal Considerations

Is the unused product a RCRA hazardous waste if discarded?  No.

Other Disposal Considerations:
Dispose of in compliance with Federal, state and local government
regulations.  Usually considered an inert packaging material that
can be recycled or landfilled.  Incineration is not a preferred
disposal method because of the possible formation of hydrogen
chloride and hydrogen fluoride.

The information offered here is for the product as shipped.  Use and/or
alterations to the product such as mixing with other materials may
significantly change the characteristics of the material and alter the
RCRA classification and the proper disposal method.

Section 14: Transport Information


US DOT Hazard Class:  Not regulated.
US DOT ID Number:  Not applicable, none assigned.

Section 15: Regulatory Information

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

TSCA Inventory Status: Listed on the TSCA Inventory. Other TSCA Issues: None.


"Reportable Quantities" (RQs) and/or "Threshold Planning Quantities" (TPQs) exist for the following ingredients. INGREDIENT NAME SARA/CERCLA RQ (lb) SARA EHS TPQ (lb) No ingredients listed in this section. Spills resulting in the loss of any ingredient at or above its RQ requires immediate notification to the National Response Center (1-800-424-8802) and to your Local Emergency Planning Committee. SECTION 311 HAZARD CLASS: None. The following ingredients are SARA 313 "Toxic Chemicals". CAS numbers and weight percents are found in Section 2. INGREDIENT NAME COMMENT No ingredients listed in this section. State Right-To-Know In addition to the ingredients found in Section 2, the following are listed for state right-to-know purposes. INGREDIENT NAME WEIGHT % COMMENT No ingredients listed in this section. Additional Regulatory Information Use in Food Packaging - United States: ACLAR® films listed in Section 1 are acceptable for use in handling and packaging of food when used in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation 21CFR 177.1380. Films designated 22A, 22C and 88A are prepared from resins meeting all of the specifications and extraction requirements of 21CFR 177.1380 (a) (1) and (c) (1), and (2). Films designated 33C are prepared from resins meeting all of the specifications and extraction requirements of 21CFR 177.1380 (a) (1) and (c) (1), (2) and (3). Pharmaceutical Packaging - United States: Drug Master File No. 1578 has been established with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for ACLAR® films. Non-Food or Pharmaceutical Packaging: The above information is provided only with respect to use in food and pharmaceutical packaging applications. If this product is intended for use in other FDA-regulated end uses, firms specializing in the distribution of this product so such industries should be contacted or the manufacturer should be contacted directly. WHMIS Classification (CANADA): Not a controlled substance. (Considered to be a manufactured article.) Foreign Inventory Status: The base monomers are listed on the EINECS Inventory. 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:

Section 16: Other Information

Disclaimer of Liability: Caution! Do not use SPI Supplies products or materials in applications involving implantation within the body; direct or indirect contact with the blood pathway; contact with bone, tissue, tissue fluid, or blood; or prolonged contact with mucous membranes. Products offered by SPI Supplies are not designed or manufactured for use in implantation in the human body or in contact with internal body fluids or tissues. SPI Supplies will not provide to customers making devices for such applications any notice, certification, or information necessary for such medical device use required by US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulation or any other statute. SPI Supplies and Structure Probe, Inc. make no representation, promise, express warranty or implied warranty concerning the suitability of these materials for use in implantation in the human body or in contact with internal body tissues of fluids.
The information and recommendations set forth above are taken from sources believed to be accurate as of the date hereof, however SPI Supplies and Structure Probe, Inc. make no warranty with respect to the accuracy of the information or the suitability of the recommendations, and assume no liability to any user thereof. The information contained in this sheet does not constitute a hazard assessment and should not be used in place of the user's own assessment of work place risks as required by other health and safety legislation.

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