International Chemical Safety Cards

PHTHALIC ACID ICSC: 0768

PHTHALIC ACID
1,2-Benzenedicarboxylic acid
ortho-Phthalic acid
C8H6O4 / C6H4(COOH)2
Molecular mass: 166.1
CAS # 88-99-3
RTECS # TH9625000
ICSC # 0768

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Powder, water spray, foam, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.

 
EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

INHALATION Cough. Sore throat.
Local exhaust.
Fresh air, rest.
SKIN Redness.
Protective gloves.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
EYES Redness. Pain.
Safety spectacles.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
INGESTION
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting (extra personal protection: P1 filter respirator for inert particles).


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ICSC: 0768 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities IPCS CEC 1993

International Chemical Safety Cards

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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
CRYSTALLINE POWDER.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance is a weak acid.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
TLV not established.


ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a nuisance-causing concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance irritates the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Melting point (decomposes): 210-211C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.6
Solubility in water: poor (0.574 g/100 ml at 20C)
Flash point: 168C o.c.
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 0.79
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
NFPA Code: H0; F1; R1
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 0768 PHTHALIC ACID
IPCS, CEC, 1993
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