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Material Safety Data Sheet

SPI #02603-AB
SPI-Chem™ Ruthenium Red

Section 01 Identification

Date Effective...........  December 17, 2010
                           (most recent revision)

Chemical Name/Synonyms...  Ruthenium Red, Ruthenium (III) chloride oxide ammoniated hydrate 

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Product or Trade Name....  SPI #02603-AB Ruthenium Red
Synonyms.................  Ruthenium (III) chloride oxide ammoniated hydrate

Hazardous Material
Information System
Health 2 National Fire
Protection Association
Fire Hazard 0
Reactivity 0
Personal Protection 0
NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 2; Flammability: 0; Reactivity: 0

Section 2 Composition

Component Name            CAS #          Percent       EINECS/ELINCS

 Ruthenium Red		12790-48-6	    >91		  not listed

Section 3: Hazard Identification

Emergency overview:
May be irritating to the eye, the skin, the respiratory tract, or the digestive tract.

Appearance: black powder
Flash Point:  Not applicable  
Toxicological properties of this chemical have not been fully investigated.

Target Organs: None

Potential Health Effects
Eye: May cause eye irritation.
Skin: May cause skin irritation.
Ingestion: May cause irritation of the digestive tract.
Inhalation: May cause irritation of the respiratory tract.
Chronic: Information not available.

Section 4: First Aid Measures

Eyes:  Immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water for at least 
15 minutes, lifting upper and lower eyelids from time to time.

Skin:  Flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.  Remove contaminated 
clothing and shoes. Seek medical attention.  Wash clothing and thoroughly clean shoes 
before reuse.  Cover irritated skin with emollient or with anti-bacterial cream. If 
discomfort occurs or persists, seek immediate medical attention.

Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. If 
alert and conscious, give 2-4 cupfuls of water or milk. Never give anything by mouth 
to an unconscious person. Seek medical attention.
Inhalation: If inhaled, remove to fresh air.  If not breathing, give artificial 
respiration.  If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.  Seek medical attention.
Notes to Physician:

Section 5: Fire Fighting Measures


General Information: As in any fire, wear self-contained breathing apparatus in 
pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH approved or equivalent, full protective gear. 

Extinguishing Media: This substance in noncombustible. Use extinguishing media 
appropriate to the surrounding fire conditions. 

Section 6: Accidental Release Measures


General Information: Use proper protective equipment as outlined in Section 8.

Spills/Leaks: Sweep up or absorb material, then place in clean, dry, closed container 
for disposal.  Provide ventilation, but avoid generating dusty conditions.  Wash spill area 
after pick-up is complete.

Section 7: Handling and Storage

Handling: Use adequate ventilation.  Avoid contact with eyes, skin and clothing.  
Wash clothing before reuse. Avoid inhalation and ingestion. Wash thoroughly after handling.
Storage: Store in tightly closed container in cool, dry area away from incompatible materials 
such as oxidizing agents. Do not store above 25°C (77°F).

Section 8: Exposure Controls and Personal Protection

Engineering Controls:
Local exhaust required in handling area to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits.  
Safety shower and eyewash station should be available to the work area.

Exposure Limits:
	Not available.

Personal Protective Equipment
Eyes: ANSI approved safety glasses/goggles.
Skin: Rubber/Neoprene chemical-resistant gloves.
Clothing: Lab coat, apron or other chemical resistant protective clothing.
Respirators: NIOSH approved chemical cartridge respiratory for particulates and acid 
gas or self-contained breathing apparatus with full-face shield.

Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical State: solid 
Appearance:  dark brown powder
Odor: ammonical odor 
pH:  not available
Vapor Pressure:  not applicable
Vapor Density:  not applicable
Evaporation Rate:  not available
Viscosity:  not available
Boiling Point:  not applicable
Freezing/Melting Point:   not applicable
Autoignition Temperature:  not available
Flash Point:  not applicable
Decomposition Temperature: not available 
Explosion Limits:
	Lower: not applicable 
	Upper: not applicable
Solubility in water: soluble in cold water 
Specific Gravity/Density:  not available
Molecular Formula: Ru3O2(NH3)14Cl6·2H2O 
Molecular Weight: 822.38  

Section 10: Stability and Reactivity

Chemical Stability: Stable
Conditions to Avoid: Incompatible materials, dust generation
Incompatibility with Other Materials: Oxidizing agents
Hazardous Decomposition of Products: Not available
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur

Section 11: Toxicological Information

To the best of our knowledge, the chemical, physical and toxicological properties 
of this compound have not been thoroughly investigated.

Section 12: Ecological Information

Exotoxicity: not available
Environmental Fate: not available 
Aquatic: not available
Atmospheric: not available
Physical: not available

Section 13: Disposal Considerations

Place in a sealed container. Consult Federal EPA, State and local regulations for 
proper disposal, recycling, or reclamation procedures.

Note that chemical additions or processing or otherwise altering this material may make the 
waste management information presented above incomplete, inaccurate, or otherwise inappropriate.

Section 14: Transport Information

US DOT Hazard Class:
	Not a DOT controlled material
IATA (for international shipments)
	Same as DOT.  Always consult IATA manual before shipping.

Section 15: Regulatory Information

CAS# 12790-48-6 is not listed on the TSCA Inventory.  It is for research and development only.
European/International Regulations:
European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives

Hazard Symbols: nor available
Risk Phrases:
	R 36/38	Irritating to eyes and skin    
Safety Phrases:
	S 2	Keep out of reach of children
	S 24/25	Avoid contact with skin and eyes
	S 28A	After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water
	S 37	Wear suitable gloves
	S 45	In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately (show the label where possible)
	S 46	If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show the container or label

WGK (Water Danger/Protection):
	Not available 


WHMIS classification: not available

CAS# 12790-48-6 is not listed on Canada’s DSL List.

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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