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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

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

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

Place pants legs over shoes / boots to keep acid out of boots. acid resistant apron and gauntlet type gloves.01N solution (ca. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES APPEARANCE ODOUR pH : : : Clear oily liquid. OTHER PROTECTION : _______________________________________________________________________________ 9.2012 Pages : 4 of 8 (4) (5) When diluting acid always add acid to water. 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.2 0. impermeable. not water to acid as this will cause a violent reaction. 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. 0.1N solution (ca 0.05 % w/w) = 2.1 110° c (Dec omposes 340° C) . All footwear must meet the requirements of ANSI Z41. Handle lead acid batteries and containers of acid carefully to avoid spilling the acid. Chemical splash goggles in combination with a chemical face shield offer best protection. _______________________________________________________________________________ 8. ARM AND BODY PROTECTION : Wear long sleeved shirt and trousers made of synthetic material.3 0. Small quantities of water may be added to battery acid safely.64° C N/A Non flammable BOILING POINT MELTING POINT FLASH POINT FLAMMABILITY : : : : .MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08. None required under normal handling and conditions. 5 % w/w) = 0.1 Revision 1972. Odourless 1N solution (ca. Use safety shoes or boots with rubber or neoprene and steel toe caps over socks. ENGINEERING CONTROL : RESPIRTORY PROTECTION : EYE AND FACE PROTECTION : HAND.5% w/w) = 1.

oxides and hydrides. strong oxidising or reducing agents. fires and any other source of ignition around lead acid batteries. metal acetylides. halogens. Toxic fumes of oxides or sulphur when heated to decomposition. Do not allow acid to mix with any material unless the material is a known compatible.07 (10%) OXIDISING PROPERTIES VAPOUR PRESSURE DENSITY SOLUBILITY – WATER SOLUBILITY – SOLVENT SOLUBILITY COEFFICIENT SPECIFIC GRAVITY : : : : : : _______________________________________________________________________________ 10. moisture and incompatibles. Reacts with carbonates to generate carbon dioxide gas and with cyanides and sulphides to produce poisonous hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen sulphide. lithium. sodium. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY CONDITIONS TO AVOID : Heat. Water. metals. N/A 11.4 (Air = 1) 100 % N/A N/A : 1. Will react with water or steam to produce toxic and corrosive fumes.7 mm/Hg at 20° C 3. Hydrogen gas liberated during charging of batteries. Can react with oxidising or reducing agent. bases. potassium perchlorate. potassium chlorate. INCOMPATIBLE MATERIALS : HAZARDOUS DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS : ________________________________________________________________________________ .4 (50%) 1. organic material. Battery electrolyte will react with water to produce heat. Prevent smoking.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. potassium permanganate.

throat and bronchial tubes. When released into the air this material may be removed from the atmosphere to a moderate extent by wet deposition and dry deposition. 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. Observe all warnings and precautions listed for the product. mouth and stomach and chronic inflammation of the nose. : : : See section 3. daphnia. chronic irritation of eyes. Dispose of container and unused contents in accordance with legal requirements.MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET No: MSDS 01 SULPHURIC ACID 10 – 51% Date Issued : 24-08-2012 Pages : 6 of 8 11. Lead) may change the waste management options. 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. mouth soreness or breathing difficulties. respiratory tract and skin. DISPOSAL OF PACKAGING : . ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION AQUATIC TOXICITY : Toxic to aquatic life Fish. TOXOCOLOGICAL INFORMATION ACUTE TOXICITY : Exposure to high concentration of battery electrolyte mist causes severe irritation of the eyes. It may also cause teeth erosion.g. algae When released into the soil this material may leach into ground water. Not known. use or contamination or this product (e. Containers of this material may be hazardous when empty since they retain product residues. Repeated or prolonged exposure to mist may erode the teeth. cause dermatitis. Repeated or prolonged exposure to battery electrolyte may cause skin irritation. Not known CHRONIC TOXICITY : CARCINOGINICITY MUTAGENICITY REPRODUCTIVE HAZARDS _______________________________________________________________________________ 12.

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

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