No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 1 of 8

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TRADE NAME CHEMICAL FAMILY CHEMICAL NAME SYNONYMS : : : : Battery Acid Mineral Acid, oxidising Sulphuric Acid Battery electrolyte Oil of vitriol Babcock oil 7664-93-9 WS 5600000 2P 2796


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MAIN HAZARD FLAMMABILITY CHEMICAL HAZARD BIOLOGICAL HAZARD REPRODUCTION HAZARD : : : : : Poison, corrosive Non flammable Corrosive May be toxic to aquatic life Unknown

Contact can cause blurred vision. pain and severe burn can occur. leading to death. vomiting and diarrhoea. Give plenty of water to drink. Wash thoroughly with soap and water. may result in the generation of sulphuric acid mist. SKIN : INGESTION : . Can cause sore throat. Inorganic acid mist is not generated under normal use of this product. weak and rapid pulse. : : No information found. Symptoms of redness. such as overcharging. pain and severe tissue burns. Rinse for 15 minutes. Corrosive. Swallowing can cause severe burns of the mouth. May cause lung oedema. Symptoms may include irritation of the nose and throat and laboured breathing. Circulatory collapse with clammy skin. throat and stomach. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Can cause blindness. Circulatory collapse with clammy skin. FIRST AID MEASURES EYES : Hold eyelids open and immediately rinse With cool running water for at least 15 minutes. Misuse of the product. shallow respiration and scanty urine. Do not induce vomiting. redness. This classification does not apply to liquid forms of sulphuric acid solution contained within a battery. shallow respiration and scanty urine may follow contact. No information found SKIN : INGESTION : INHALATION : CARCINOGENICITY : MUTAGENICITY NEUROTOXICISTY _______________________________________________________________________________ 4. a medical emergency. weak and rapid pulse. Discard contaminated clothing. Seek medical attention after rinsing. The International Agency of Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified “strong inorganic acid” as a known human carcinogen (IARC category 1).MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued :24-08-2012 Pages : 2 of 8 HEALTH EFFECTS EYES : Corrosive. Seek medical attention. Call a doctor immediately. Corrosive. Circulatory shock is often the immediate cause of death. Inhalation produces damaging effects on the mucous membranes and upper respiratory tract. Circulatory shock is often the immediate cause of death.

Use pressure – demand. Water spray can be used to cool containers exposed to fire. (3) An eyewash fountain and safety shower should be located in or near the storage areas used for lead acid batteries or acid containers. chemical splash goggles and acid resistant gloves. : Neutralise with soda ash or lime. . FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES EXTINGUISHING MEDIA : Use dry chemical foam or CO2. HANDLING AND STORAGE SUITABLE MATERIAL HANDLING/ STORAGE PRECAUTIONS : Plastic jerry cans (1) Store containers in a cool dry place (2) Do not stack containers more than 4 high. Such areas should be equipped with acid proof floors and a sump to collect. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS : Wear acid resistant boots. Dam and neutralise with soda ash or lime. neutralise and bag spills for correct disposal. SMALL SPILLS LARGE SPILLS : 7. face-shield. _______________________________________________________________________________________ INHALATION : 5. Do not use organic material such as saw dust. If breathing is difficult give oxygen.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 3 of 8 Remove to fresh air. Contact with most metals will cause formation of explosive / flammable hydrogen gas. ENVIRONMENTAL PRECAUTIONS : Do not release un-neutralised acid. Collect into sealable container and dispose of as hazardous waste. Dispose of as hazardous waste. self contained breathing apparatus where acid vapour or mist may be present. Avoid the use of water where there is a danger of spreading the acid. Do not use organic material such as sawdust. Charging of batteries may generate hydrogen a flammable and explosive gas. Call a doctor immediately. SPECIAL HAZARDS (a) (b) PROTECTIVE CLOTHING : ______________________________________________________________________________ 6. Keep sparks and other sources of ignition away. Cover spill and mix well until pH is neutral. If not breathing give artificial respiration. Absorb with sand or vermiculite and collect in sealable containers. Do not flush lead contaminated acid to sewer even if it is neutralised. Contain and collect as much as possible in suitable containers.

Chemical splash goggles in combination with a chemical face shield offer best protection. ENGINEERING CONTROL : RESPIRTORY PROTECTION : EYE AND FACE PROTECTION : HAND.1 110° c (Dec omposes 340° C) .2 0. If acid spillage occurs in a confined space or the TWA limit is exceeded then an approved respiration for protection against acid mist can be used.5% w/w) = 1. _______________________________________________________________________________ 8.64° C N/A Non flammable BOILING POINT MELTING POINT FLASH POINT FLAMMABILITY : : : : . not water to acid as this will cause a violent reaction. All footwear must meet the requirements of ANSI Z41.1 Revision 1972.05 % w/w) = 2. acid resistant apron and gauntlet type gloves. None required under normal handling and conditions. ARM AND BODY PROTECTION : Wear long sleeved shirt and trousers made of synthetic material.2012 Pages : 4 of 8 (4) (5) When diluting acid always add acid to water. Use safety shoes or boots with rubber or neoprene and steel toe caps over socks. 5 % w/w) = 0. impermeable. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES APPEARANCE ODOUR pH : : : Clear oily liquid. EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMIT : 1 mg/m3 TWA 3 3 mg/m STEL (15 min max / 8 hr shift) A system of local and general exhaust is recommended to maintain concentration of sulphuric 3 acid mist below 1mg/ m when forming or charging batteries. 0. Small quantities of water may be added to battery acid safely. Handle lead acid batteries and containers of acid carefully to avoid spilling the acid.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08.01N solution (ca.1N solution (ca 0.3 0. OTHER PROTECTION : _______________________________________________________________________________ 9. Place pants legs over shoes / boots to keep acid out of boots. Odourless 1N solution (ca.

4 (50%) 1. fires and any other source of ignition around lead acid batteries. lithium. Battery electrolyte will react with water to produce heat. metal acetylides.4 (Air = 1) 100 % N/A N/A : 1. Toxic fumes of oxides or sulphur when heated to decomposition. INCOMPATIBLE MATERIALS : HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS : ________________________________________________________________________________ . STABILITY AND REACTIVITY CONDITIONS TO AVOID : Heat. bases.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 5 of 8 AUTO FLAMMABILITY EXPLOSIVE PROPERTIES : : N/A Will generate explosive hydrogen gas on contact with most metals. organic material. strong oxidising or reducing agents. potassium perchlorate. metals. Can react with oxidising or reducing agent. potassium permanganate. Do not allow acid to mix with any material unless the material is a known compatible. Water. sodium. N/A 11.07 (10%) OXIDISING PROPERTIES VAPOUR PRESSURE DENSITY SOLUBILITY – WATER SOLUBILITY – SOLVENT SOLUBILITY COEFFICIENT SPECIFIC GRAVITY : : : : : : _______________________________________________________________________________ 10. oxides and hydrides. Hydrogen gas liberated during charging of batteries. halogens. Will react with water or steam to produce toxic and corrosive fumes. moisture and incompatibles. Prevent smoking. Reacts with carbonates to generate carbon dioxide gas and with cyanides and sulphides to produce poisonous hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen sulphide. potassium chlorate.7 mm/Hg at 20° C 3.

algae When released into the soil this material may leach into ground water. Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 6 of 8 11. Dispose of container and unused contents in accordance with legal requirements. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION AQUATIC TOXICITY : Toxic to aquatic life Fish. chronic irritation of eyes. daphnia. TOXOCOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACUTE TOXICITY : Exposure to high concentration of battery electrolyte mist causes severe irritation of the eyes. : : : See section 3. mouth and stomach and chronic inflammation of the nose. Repeated or prolonged exposure to mist may erode the teeth. Not known CHRONIC TOXICITY : CARCINOGINICITY MUTAGENICITY REPRODUCTIVE HAZARDS _______________________________________________________________________________ 12. use or contamination or this product (e. DISPOSAL OF PACKAGING : .g. Lead) may change the waste management options. mouth soreness or breathing difficulties. respiratory tract and skin. Contact with battery electrolyte may irritate the skin and mucous membranes and may cause irreparable corneal damage and blindness as well as facial scarring which includes the eyelids. cause dermatitis. It may also cause teeth erosion. When released into the air this material may be removed from the atmosphere to a moderate extent by wet deposition and dry deposition. Observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product. Not known Not known BIODEGRADABILITY : BIOACCUMULATION MOBILITY : : 13 DISPOSAL CONSIDERATION DISPOSAL METHODS : Whatever cannot be saved for recovery or recycling should be handled as hazardous waste and disposed of at any approved waste facility (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism) Processing. Repeated or prolonged exposure to battery electrolyte may cause skin irritation. Not known. throat and bronchial tubes.

SANS 10231:2010 Transport Operational Requirements 4. SUBSTANCE IDENTITY NO. not more than 51% 7664 – 93 . EXEMPT QUANTITY : : 2796 Sulphuric acid. Strong inorganic mists containing sulphuric acid can cause cancer. Wash thoroughly after handling. Affects teeth. REGULATORY INFORMATION RISK PHRASES SAFETY PHRASES ADDITIONAL LEGISLATION : R: 35 : S :(1/2)-26-30-45 : 1. TRANSPORT INFORMATION UN NO.9 Battery acid (Sulphuric acid less than 51%) 8 II < 200 kg Battery acid 8 II 2796 < 200 kg : : : : : : : : : (Sulphuric acid less than 51 %) _______________________________________________________________________________ 15. Keep container closed. 2. LAND PROPER SHIPPING NAME HAZARD CLASS PACKAGING GROUP EXEMPT QUANTITY SEA PROPER SHIPPING NAME HAZARD CLASS PACKAGING GROUP UN NO. on skin or on clothing. Cancer hazard. Do not breathe mist. Do not allow uncontrolled contact with water. Use only with adequate ventilation.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 7 of 8 14. Keep locked up and out of reach of children. OTHER INFORMATION NFPA RATINGS : Health 3 Flammability 0 Reactivity 2 Other – water reactive : Poison – Danger : Corrosive liquid and mist cause severe burns to all body tissue. SANS 10232. Water reactive. LABEL HAZARD WARNING LABEL PRECAUTION . See section 3. 3. Hazardous Chemical Substance Regulations of Occupational Health and Safety Act No. 85 of 1983. Harmful if inhaled.1:2007 Emergency Information System _______________________________________________________________________________ 16. May be fatal if swallowed or contacted with skin. National Road Traffic Act Chapter VIII for Transportation of Dangerous Goods. : Do not get in eyes.

for the appropriate precautionary handling of the material by a properly trained person using it. immediately flush eyes or skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Give large quantities of water.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 8 of 8 LABEL FIRST AID : In all cases call a physician immediately. However. First National Battery will not accept responsibility for damages resulting from use of or reliance upon this information. This MSDS is intended. In case of contact. First National Battery makes no representations as to its comprehensiveness or accuracy. First National Battery provides the information in this MSDS in good faith. Wash clothes before re-use. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If breathing is difficult – give oxygen. . If inhaled remove to fresh air. Excess acid on skin can be neutralised with a 2% bicarbonate of soda solution. If swallowed DO NOT INDUCE VOMITTING. If not breathing give artificial respiration. Individuals receiving this information must exercise their independent judgement in determining its appropriateness for a particular process. as a guide.

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