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MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETPRODUCT NAME: ARGONMSDS: G-6Revised: 6/7/96 Page 1 of 61. Chemical Product and Company IdentificationBOC Gases,Division ofThe BOC Group, Inc.575 Mountain AvenueMurray Hill, NJ 07974TELEPHONE NUMBER: (908) 464-8100BOC GasesDivision ofBOC Canada Limited5975 Falbourne Street, Unit 2Mississauga, Ontario L5R 3W6TELEPHONE NUMBER: (905) 501-170024-HOUR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER:CHEMTREC (800) 424-930024-HOUR EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBER:(905) 501-0802EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN NO: 20101PRODUCT NAME: ARGONCHEMICAL NAME: ArgonCOMMON NAMES/SYNONYMS: Argon, compressedTDG (Canada) CLASSIFICATION: 2.2WHMIS CLASSIFICATION: APREPARED BY: Loss Control (908)464-8100/(905)501-1700PREPARATION DATE: 6/1/95REVIEW DATES: 6/7/962. Composition, Information on IngredientsINGREDIENT % VOLUME PEL-OSHA1TLV-ACGIH2LD50 or LC50Route/SpeciesArgonFORMULA: ArCAS: 7440-37-1RTECS #: CF2300000100.0 Simple Asphyxiant Simple Asphyxiant Not Available1 As stated in 29 CFR 1910, Subpart Z (revised July 1, 1993)2 As stated in the ACGIH 1994-95 Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents3. Hazards IdentificationEMERGENCY OVERVIEWSimple Asphyxiant - This product does not contain oxygen and may cause asphyxia if released in aconfined area. Maintain oxygen levels above 19.5%. Nonflammable.Distributed by: MSDS:000004Machine & Welding Supply Co.P.O. Box 1708 Phone: (910) 892-4016Hwy 301 South Fax: (910)892-3575Dunn, NC 28335 Internet: www.mwsc.comPRODUCT NAME: ARGONMSDS: G-6Revised: 6/7/96 Page 2 of 6ROUTE OF ENTRY:Skin ContactYesSkin AbsorptionNoEye ContactYesInhalationYesIngestionNoHEALTH EFFECTS:Exposure LimitsNoIrritantNoSensitizationNoTeratogenNoReproductive HazardNoMutagenNoSynergistic EffectsNone reportedCarcinogenicity: -- NTP: No IARC: No OSHA: NoEYE EFFECTS:No adverse effects anticipated.SKIN EFFECTS:No adverse effects anticipated.INGESTION EFFECTS:No adverse effects anticipated.INHALATION EFFECTS:Product is a non-toxic simple asphyxiant. Effects of oxygen deficiency resulting from simple asphyxiants mayinclude: rapid breathing, diminished mental alertness, impaired muscular coordination, faulty judgement,depression of all sensations, emotional instability, and fatigue. As asphyxiation progresses, nausea, vomiting,prostration, and loss of consciousness may result, eventually leading to convulsions, coma, and death.Oxygen deficiency during pregnancy has produced developmental abnormalities in humans and experimentalanimals.NFPA HAZARD CODES HMIS HAZARD CODES RATINGS SYSTEMHealth: 0 Health: 0 0 = No HazardFlammability: 0 Flammability: 0 1 = Slight HazardReactivity: 0 Reactivity: 0 2 = Moderate Hazard3 = Serious Hazard4 = Severe Hazard4. First Aid MeasuresEYES:Never introduce ointment or oil into the eyes without medical advice! If pain is present, refer the victim to anophthalmologist for treatment and follow up.SKIN:None anticipated.INGESTION:Ingestion is unlikely as product is a gas at room temperature.INHALATION:PRODUCT NAME: ARGONMSDS: G-6Revised: 6/7/96 Page 3 of 6PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION IS MANDATORY IN ALL CASES OF OVEREXPOSURE. RESCUEPERSONNEL SHOULD BE EQUIPPED WITH SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS. Victimsshould be assisted to an uncontaminated area and inhale fresh air. Quick removal from the contaminated area ismost important. Unconscious persons should be moved to an uncontaminated area, and if breathing has stopped,administer artificial resuscitation and supplemental oxygen. Further treatment should be symptomatic andsupportive.5. Fire Fighting MeasuresConditions of Flammability: NonflammableFlash point:NoneMethod:Not ApplicableAutoignitionTemperature: NoneLEL(%): None UEL(%): NoneHazardous combustion products: NoneSensitivity to mechanical shock: NoneSensitivity to static discharge: NoneFIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS:None. NonflammableEXTINGUISHING MEDIA:None required. Use as appropriate for surrounding materials.6. Accidental Release MeasuresEvacuate all personnel from affected area. Use appropriate protective equipment. If leak is in container orcontainer valve, contact the appropriate emergency telephone number listed in Section 1 or call your closestBOC location.7. Handling and StorageElectrical classification:Non-hazardous.This gas mixture is noncorrosive and may be used with all common structural materials.Use only in well-ventilated areas. Valve protection caps must remain in place unless container is secured withvalve protection outlet piped to use point. Do not drag, slide or roll cylinders. Use a suitable hand truck forcylinder movement. Use a pressure reducing regulator when connecting cylinder to lower pressure (<3000 psig)piping or systems. Do not heat cylinder by any means to increase the discharge rate of product from thecylinder. Use a check valve or trap in the discharge line to prevent hazardous back flow into the cylinder.Protect cylinders from physical damage. Store in cool, dry, well-ventilated area of non-combustible constructionaway from heavily trafficked areas and emergency exits. Do not allow the temperature where cylinders arestored to exceed 125 oF (52 oC). Cylinders should be stored upright and firmly secured to prevent falling orbeing knocked over. Use a "first in-first out" inventory system to prevent full cylinders being stored forexcessive periods of time.For additional recommendations, consult Compressed Gas Association Pamphlets P-1, P-14, P-9, and SafetyBulletin SB-2.PRODUCT NAME: ARGONMSDS: G-6Revised: 6/7/96 Page 4 of 6Never carry a compressed gas cylinder or a container of a gas in cryogenic liquid form in an enclosed space suchas a car trunk, van or station wagon. A leak can result in a fire, explosion, asphyxiation or a toxic exposure.8. Exposure Controls, Personal ProtectionEXPOSURE LIMITS1:INGREDIENT % VOLUME PEL-OSHA2TLV-ACGIH3LD50 or LC50Route/SpeciesArgonFORMULA: ArCAS: 7440-37-1RTECS #: CF2300000100.0 Simple Asphyxiant Simple Asphyxiant Not Available1 Refer to individual state of provincial regulations, as applicable, for limits which may be more stringent than those listed here.2 As stated in 29 CFR 1910, Subpart Z (revised July 1, 1993)3 As stated in the ACGIH 1994-1995 Threshold Limit Values for Chemical Substances and Physical Agents.ENGINEERING CONTROLS:Local exhaust to prevent accumulation of


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