Material Safety Data Sheet

ACC# 22400
Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification

MSDS Name: Talcum
Catalog Numbers: T2-212, T2-500, T4-10, T4-500
Magnesium Silicane Hydrate; Soapstone; Talcum
Company Identification:

              Fisher Scientific
              1 Reagent Lane
              Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients

CAS# Chemical Name Percent EINECS/ELINCS
14807-96-6 Talc 99+ 238-877-9
14808-60-7 Crystalline silica 0.1-1.0 238-878-4

Section 3 - Hazards Identification


Appearance: white to off-white powder.
Warning! Cancer hazard. May cause eye, skin, and respiratory tract irritation. Chronic inhalation of crystalline silica may lead to fibrotic lung disease, silicosis or cancer.
Target Organs: Lungs.

Potential Health Effects
Eye: Dust may cause mechanical irritation.
Skin: May cause skin irritation.
Ingestion: May cause irritation of the digestive tract. Ingestion of large amounts may cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Inhalation: Inhalation of dust may cause respiratory tract irritation. Contains crystalline silica which may lead to respiratory abnormalities and silicosis.
Chronic: Chronic inhalation can cause pneumoconiosis. Prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline quartz may cause delayed lung injury/fibrosis (silicosis).

Section 4 - First Aid Measures

Eyes: Get medical aid. Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at l east 15 minutes.
Skin: Get medical aid. Flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes.
Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. If victim is conscious and alert, give 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical aid. Wash mouth out with water.
Inhalation: Remove from exposure and move to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical aid.
Notes to Physician: Treat symptomatically and supportively.

Section 5 - Fire Fighting Measures

General Information: As in any fire, wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion.
Extinguishing Media: Substance is noncombustible; use agent most appropriate to extinguish surrounding fire.
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Autoignition Temperature: Not applicable.
Explosion Limits, Lower:Not available.
Upper: Not available.
NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 2; Flammability: 0; Instability: 0

Section 6 - Accidental Release Measures

General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated in Section 8.
Spills/Leaks: Vacuum or sweep up material and place into a suitable disposal container. Clean up spills immediately, observing precautions in the Protective Equipment section. Avoid generating dusty conditions. Provide ventilation.

Section 7 - Handling and Storage

Handling: Wash thoroughly after handling. Wash thoroughly after handling. Minimize dust generation and accumulation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Keep container tightly closed. Avoid ingestion and inhalation. Use with adequate ventilation.
Storage: Keep container closed when not in use. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances.

Section 8 - Exposure Controls, Personal Protection

Engineering Controls: Facilities storing or utilizing this material should be equipped with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Use adequate general or local exhaust ventilation to keep airborne concentrations below the permissible exposure limits.
Exposure Limits
Chemical Name ACGIH NIOSH OSHA - Final PELs
Talc 2 mg/m3 TWA (respirable fraction, particulate matter containing no asbestos and <1% crystalline silica) 2 mg/m3 TWA (respirable dust, containing no asbestos and less than 1% quartz) 1000 mg/m3 IDLH (containg no asbestos and <1% quartz) none listed
Crystalline silica 0.025 mg/m3 TWA (respirable fraction) 0.05 mg/m3 TWA (respirable dust) 50 mg/m3 IDLH (respirable dust) none listed

OSHA Vacated PELs: Talc: 2 mg/m3 TWA (respirable dust, less than 1% crystalline silica) Crystalline silica: 0.1 mg/m3 TWA (respirable dust)
Personal Protective Equipment
Eyes: Wear appropriate protective eyeglasses or chemical safety goggles as described by OSHA's eye and face protection regulations in 29 CFR 1910.133 or European Standard EN166.
Skin: Wear appropriate protective gloves to prevent skin exposure.
Clothing: Wear appropriate protective clothing to minimize contact with skin.
Respirators: Follow the OSHA respirator regulations found in 29 CFR 1910.134 or European Standard EN 149. Use a NIOSH/MSHA or European Standard EN 149 approved respirator if exposure limits are exceeded or if irritation or other symptoms are experienced.

Section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical State: Powder
Appearance: white to off-white
Odor: odorless
pH: Not available.
Vapor Pressure: Not applicable.
Vapor Density: 5.7
Evaporation Rate:Not applicable.
Viscosity: Not applicable.
Boiling Point: Not applicable.
Freezing/Melting Point:800 deg C
Decomposition Temperature:Non available.
Solubility: Insoluble in water.
Specific Gravity/Density:2.5-2.8
Molecular Formula:3MgO4SiO2H2O
Molecular Weight:166.4003

Section 10 - Stability and Reactivity

Chemical Stability: Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Conditions to Avoid: Incompatible materials, dust generation, moisture.
Incompatibilities with Other Materials: None reported.
Hazardous Decomposition Products: Silicon dioxide.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.

Section 11 - Toxicological Information

CAS# 14807-96-6: WW2710000      
CAS# 14808-60-7: VV7330000
Not available.
Not available.
Human:TCLo - ROUTE: Inhalation; DOSE: 16 mppcf/8H/17.9Y intermittent TOXIC EFFECTS: Lung, Thorax, or Respiration-Fibrosis, focal(pneumoconiosis), cough, dyspnea.
CAS# 14807-96-6: Not listed by ACGIH, IARC, NTP, or CA Prop 65.
CAS# 14808-60-7:

Epidemiology: Crystalline silica inhaled in the form of quartz or cristobalite from occupational sources is carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).
Teratogenicity: No information found
Reproductive Effects: No information found
Mutagenicity: No information found
Neurotoxicity: No information found
Other Studies:

Section 12 - Ecological Information

No information available.

Section 13 - Disposal Considerations

Chemical waste generators must determine whether a discarded chemical is classified as a hazardous waste. US EPA guidelines for the classification determination are listed in 40 CFR Parts 261.3. Additionally, waste generators must consult state and local hazardous waste regulations to ensure complete and accurate classification.
RCRA P-Series: None listed.
RCRA U-Series: None listed.

Section 14 - Transport Information

Shipping Name: Not Regulated Not Regulated
Hazard Class:
UN Number:
Packing Group:

Section 15 - Regulatory Information


     CAS# 14807-96-6 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
     CAS# 14808-60-7 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
Health & Safety Reporting List
     None of the chemicals are on the Health & Safety Reporting List.
Chemical Test Rules
     None of the chemicals in this product are under a Chemical Test Rule.
Section 12b
     None of the chemicals are listed under TSCA Section 12b.
TSCA Significant New Use Rule
     None of the chemicals in this material have a SNUR under TSCA.
CERCLA Hazardous Substances and corresponding RQs
     None of the chemicals in this material have an RQ.
SARA Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substances
     None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
SARA Codes
     CAS # 14807-96-6: delayed.
     CAS # 14808-60-7: delayed.
Section 313      No chemicals are reportable under Section 313.
Clean Air Act:
     This material does not contain any hazardous air pollutants.
     This material does not contain any Class 1 Ozone depletors.
     This material does not contain any Class 2 Ozone depletors.
Clean Water Act:
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Hazardous Substances under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Priority Pollutants under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Toxic Pollutants under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are considered highly hazardous by OSHA.
     CAS# 14807-96-6 can be found on the following state right to know lists: California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts.
     CAS# 14808-60-7 can be found on the following state right to know lists: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts.

California Prop 65
WARNING: This product contains Crystalline silica, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.
California No Significant Risk Level: None of the chemicals in this product are listed.

European/International Regulations

European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives
Hazard Symbols:
Risk Phrases:

     R 49 May cause cancer by inhalation.

Safety Phrases:

     S 45 In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice
     immediately (show the label where possible).
     S 53 Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.

WGK (Water Danger/Protection)

     CAS# 14807-96-6: 0
     CAS# 14808-60-7: No information available.
Canada - DSL/NDSL
     CAS# 14807-96-6 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
     CAS# 14808-60-7 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
Canada - WHMIS
     This product has a WHMIS classification of D2A.
This product has been classified in accordance with the hazard criteria of the Controlled Products Regulations and the MSDS contains all of the information required by those regulations.
Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List
     CAS# 14808-60-7 is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.

Section 16 - Additional Information

MSDS Creation Date: 10/26/1998
Revision #8 Date: 11/20/2008

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