Colorless to yellowish oily liquid.

Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS-1988)

Classification : B2, D1A

Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG)


Safety Equipments

Permissible Exposure Values in Québec

Standard according to Regulation respecting the quality of the work environment

  • Time-weighted average exposure value TWAEV): 0,1 ppm (0,23 mg/m³) (as Fe)
  • Short-term exposure value (STEV): 0,2 ppm (0,45 mg/m³) (as Fe)

First aid

In case of vapor inhalation, move the person to fresh air.  If breathing has stopped, administer artificial respiration. Call emergency medical care.  Do not use mouth-to-mouth method, use a bucal medical device. 

Eye contact
Rinse the eyes with plenty of water for 5 minutes or until the product is removed.  If irritation persists, consult a physician.

Skin contact
Wear appropriate gloves and remove contaminated clothes promptly. Rinse the skin with plenty of water for at least 20 minutes or until the product is removed. Consult a physician.

In case of ingestion, rinse mouth. Give a glass of water to drink and induce vomiting if the person is conscious.  Consult a physician. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious or convulsing person .

Safety hazards

This product may spontaneously ignite on contact with air and is extremely flammable on contact with heat, flames or sparks.  When exposed to light, it decomposes and emits carbon monoxide.  Violent reaction occurs with oxidizers.

Extinguishing media and special procedures
Use carbon dioxide, foam or dry chemical.  Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus with a full-face mask and appropriate gloves and clothing.  Water may be ineffective for extinguishing fire but water spray may be used to cool down exposed containers.

Health hazards

Effects of short-term exposure

Exposure into the workplace is mainly by vapors inhalation or by skin absorption on contact with the product.

Vapor inhalation
High concentrations may cause headaches, dizziness and sometimes nausea and shortness of breath.  These symptoms disappear after the end of exposure.   Symptoms of shortness of breath, fever, cough and cyanosis may appear after 12 to 36 hours.

Preventive measures

Protective equipment

Respiratory tract
Above than or equal to 0,1 ppm (as Fe), wear a supplied-air respirator.

Wear appropriate protective gloves.

Wear safety glasses if there is a risk of splash exposure.

Handling procedures

Handle under liquid or inert atmosphere away from heat and ignition sources.  Use non-sparking tools.  All equipment must be grounded.


Store under inert atmosphere, away from incompatible materials.  Store the containers in a cool, dark, dry and well-ventilated area away from heat and ignition sources .   Containers must be grounded.

Leak or spill

Eliminate all sources of ignition.  Reduce the concentration of vapors with water spray.  Absorb spillage with sand, earth or any others non-combustible materials and place in a tightly sealed container. 
Eliminate in accordance with the municipal, provincial and federal regulations.