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ATTAPULGITEICSC: 1321
PalygorskiteNovember 1998
CAS #: 12174-11-7

  ACUTE HAZARDS PREVENTION FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE & EXPLOSION         In case of fire in the surroundings, use appropriate extinguishing media.   

 PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! AVOID ALL CONTACT!  
  SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID
Inhalation Cough.  Use local exhaust or breathing protection.   
Skin   Protective gloves.  Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. 
Eyes   Wear safety spectacles or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion   Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.   

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL CLASSIFICATION & LABELLING
Personal protection: particulate filter respirator adapted to the airborne concentration of the substance. Sweep spilled substance into covered sealable containers. If appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. 

According to UN GHS Criteria

 

Transportation
UN Classification
 

STORAGE
 
PACKAGING
 
ATTAPULGITE ICSC: 1321
PHYSICAL & CHEMICAL INFORMATION

Physical State; Appearance
WHITE-TO-GREY FIBRES. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
 

Formula: Mg(Al0.5-1 Fe0-0.5)Si4O10(OH). 4H2O

Density: 2.2 g/cm³ 


EXPOSURE & HEALTH EFFECTS

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation. 

Effects of short-term exposure
 

Inhalation risk
Evaporation at 20°C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged inhalation of fibres may cause effects on the lungs. This may result in fibrosis. This substance is possibly carcinogenic to humans. 


OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS
 

ENVIRONMENT
 

NOTES
Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is suggested.
Do NOT take working clothes home.
Fibre length varies with the source of the mineral.
Experimental carcinogenity is associated with respirable fibres greater than 5 micrometers in length. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  EC Classification
 

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