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Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

SDS #: 352
Revision Date: April 15, 2016
SECTION 1 — CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION

Formaldehyde Solution

Flinn Scientific, Inc. P.O. Box 219, Batavia, IL 60510 (800) 452-1261
Chemtrec Emergency Phone Number: (800) 424-9804
Signal Word
DANGER
SECTION 2 — HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
Hazard class: Flammable liquids (Category 3). Combustible liquid (H227). Keep away from heat, sparks, open flames, and hot surfaces. No smoking (P210).

Hazard class: Acute toxicity, oral, dermal, and inhalation (Category 3). Toxic if swallowed, in contact with skin or if inhaled (H301+H311+P331). Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product (P270).

Hazard class: Skin corrosion (Category 1). Causes severe skin burns and eye damage (H314).

Hazard class: Germ cell mutagenicity (Category 2). Suspected of causing genetic defects (H341).

Hazard class: Carcinogenicity (Category 1A). May cause cancer (H350). Obtain special instructions before use (P201).

Hazard class: Reproductive toxicity (Category 1A). May damage fertility or the unborn child (H360).

Hazard class: Specific target organ toxicity, single exposure (Category 1). Causes damage to organs (H370).
Pictograms
SECTION 3 — COMPOSITION, INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Component Name CAS Number Formula Formula Weight Concentration
Formaldehyde
Methyl alcohol

Synonyms: Formalin; Methanal
50-00-0
67-56-1
7732-18-5
HCHO
CH3OH
H2O
30.03
32.04
18.00
37%
10-12%
51-53%
SECTION 4 — FIRST AID MEASURES
If exposed or concerned: Call a POISON CENTER or physician (P307+P311). If inhaled: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing (P304+P340). If in eyes: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses if present and easy to do so. Continue rinsing (P305+P351+P338). If on skin or hair: Immediately remove all contaminated clothing. Rinse skin with water (P303+P361+P353). Wash contaminated clothing before reuse (P363). If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice or attention (P333+P313). If swallowed: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting (P301+P330+P331). Immediately call a POISON CENTER or physician (P301+P310).
SECTION 5 — FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Class IIIA combustible liquid.
Flash point: 85 °C Flammable limits: Lower: 7% Upper: 73% Autoignition Temperature: 300 °C
When heated, releases flammable fumes.
In case of fire: Use a tri-class dry chemical fire extinguisher (P370+P378).
NFPA Code
H-3
F-2
R-0
SECTION 6 — ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
Remove all ignition sources and ventilate area. Contain spill with sand or other inert absorbent material; deposit in sealed bag or container. See Sections 8 and 13 for further information.
SECTION 7 — HANDLING AND STORAGE
Flinn Suggested Chemical Storage Pattern: Organic #3. Store with hydrocarbons, oils, esters and aldehydes.
Keep container tightly closed (P233). Keep cool (P235). Do not breathe mist, vapors or spray (P260). Use only in a hood or well-ventilated area (P271). Keep away from flames and hot surfaces (P210).
SECTION 8 — EXPOSURE CONTROLS, PERSONAL PROTECTION
Wear protective gloves, protective clothing, and eye protection (P280). Wash hands thoroughly after handling (P264). Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace (P272). Use only in a hood or well-ventilated area (P271).
Exposure guidelines: TLV-C 0.3 ppm (ACGIH); PEL 0.75 ppm (OSHA).
Odor threshold 0.05 - 1 ppm. If the odor of formaldehyde is detected more ventilation is needed.
SECTION 9 — PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Colorless liquid. Characteristic pungent odor.
37% formaldehyde gas in water. Methanol added as a stabilizer.
Soluble: Water and alcohol
Boiling point: 101 °C
Flash point: 85 °C
Specific gravity: 1.08
SECTION 10 — STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Avoid contact with strong acids, strong bases, and strong oxidizers.
Shelf life: Fair. Slowly polymerizes to polyformaldehyde.
Hazardous decomposition products: Toxic gases/fumes are given off during burning or thermal decomposition. During combustion carbon monoxide may be formed. Combustion may lead to formation of formic acid.
SECTION 11 — TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Exposure route: eyes, skin absorption and contact, ingestion, inhalation.
Acute effects: Severe eye irritant, sensitizer.
Chronic effects: Pulmonary edema, carcinogen, mutagen.
Target organs: Eyes, kidneys. Effects may be delayed.
ORL-RAT LD50: 100 mg/kg (as formaldehyde)
IHL-RAT LC50: 203 mg/m3
SKN-RBT LD50: 0.27 mL/kg
SECTION 12 — ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Data not yet available.
SECTION 13 — DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
Please review all federal, state and local regulations that may apply before proceeding.
Flinn Suggested Disposal Method #2 is one option.
SECTION 14 — TRANSPORT INFORMATION
UN2209—FORMALDEHYDE SOLUTIONS—HAZARD CLASS 8—PG III
SECTION 15 — REGULATORY INFORMATION
TSCA-listed, EINECS-listed (200-001-8), RCRA code U122.
SECTION 16 — OTHER INFORMATION
This Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is for guidance and is based upon information and tests believed to be reliable. Flinn Scientific, Inc. makes no guarantee of the accuracy or completeness of the data and shall not be liable for any damages relating thereto. The data is offered solely for your consideration, investigation, and verification. The data should not be confused with local, state, federal or insurance mandates, regulations, or requirements and CONSTITUTE NO WARRANTY. Any use of this data and information must be determined by the science instructor to be in accordance with applicable local, state or federal laws and regulations. The conditions or methods of handling, storage, use and disposal of the product(s) described are beyond the control of Flinn Scientific, Inc. and may be beyond our knowledge. FOR THIS AND OTHER REASONS, WE DO NOT ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM LIABILITY FOR LOSS, DAMAGE OR EXPENSE ARISING OUT OF OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH THE HANDLING, STORAGE, USE OR DISPOSAL OF THIS PRODUCT(S).
Consult your copy of the Flinn Science Catalog/Reference Manual for additional information about laboratory chemicals.