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Product name: POLYCLAY
REACH status: Exempted in accordance with Annex V.7
Other name(s): Kaolin Clay, Hydrous Aluminum Silicate, China Clay
Product Use: Mineral pigment used as an extender or filler in paper, coatings, paints, adhesives, sealants, printing inks, rubber and plastic formulations. Also used as a pozzolan in mortar and concrete.
Manufacturer: Burgess Pigment Company, 525 Beck Boulevard, P.O. Box 349, Sandersville, Georgia 31082 U.S.A.
Email: [email protected]
Emergency Number: Burgess Pigment Company, +1 478 552 2544, From 12:30 PM (UTC) to 8:30 PM (UTC). Employees only speak English.
GHS classification: NONE (This product does not meet the criteria for classification as hazardous as defined in the Regulation EC 1272/2008 and in Directive 67/548/ECC)
Signal Word / Pictogram: NONE / NONE
OSHA classification: Not classified as hazardous
WHMIS classification: Non Controlled - contains less than 0.1% crystalline silica
Precautionary statements: Avoid breathing dust, wear approved respiratory protection if exposure is greater than suggested exposure limits (see Section 8)
California Prop 65 hazards: NONE
|Component(s)||CAS Registry No.||EINECS No.||% (Approx.)||EC Hazard Classification||REACH status|
|Kaolin||1332-58-7||310-194-1||100||Not classified as hazardous||Exempt|
Eye / Skin Contact: Direct contact may cause irritation by mechanical abrasion. Hold eyelids apart and flush with a steady stream of water for several minutes. Rinse skin with water.
Inhalation: Dust may irritate the nose, throat, and respiratory tract by mechanical abrasion. Coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath may occur following unprotected exposure in excess of suggested limits. Move person to fresh air.
Most important symptoms and effects both acute and delayed: Expected to be non-toxic. No acute and delayed symptoms and effects are observed.
Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed: No specific actions are required
General advice: First-aid responders should wear respiratory protection (e.g. dust mask) in dusty areas. If symptoms persist seek medical attention. Change contaminated clothing.
Extinguishing media: Noncombustible. Use media appropriate for surrounding materials or packaging.
Special hazards arising from the substance: Noncombustible. No hazardous thermal decomposition.
Advice for firefighters: Although inert, product can become slippery when exposed to water. Use caution walking around or handling broken product bags when exposed to water.
Protective measures: Use protective equipment appropriate for surrounding materials or packaging.
Flash point: Noncombustible.
Flammable limits in air: Not flammable.
Autoignition temperature: Not flammable.
Explosion data: Not explosive.
Unusual fire and explosion hazards: None known.
Sensitivity to static discharge: Not applicable.
Personal precautions: Avoid dust formation. Use approved respirators if dust exposure is greater than recommended limits (refer to Section 8). Water should be used with care as it creates a slipping hazard when mixed with this product.
Environmental precautions: This product is generally non-toxic to aquatic systems but may cause high turbidity in storm water. Product is generally not harmful to water treatment systems.
Clean up methods: Collect by vacuum and mechanical sweeping, avoid dust generation. Remaining residue can be washed to water treatment or storm water systems.
Reference for other sections: See sections 8 and 13
Precautions for safe handling: Appropriate personal protection should be used when handling (refer to Section 8). Use care when dispensing to avoid dust generation. Fold and flatten empty bags carefully to reduce dust generation. Wash hands thoroughly after handling. Do not eat, drink or smoke in work areas. Remove contaminated clothing and protective equipment before entering eating areas.
Conditions for safe storage: Best if kept under dry conditions. Not generally affected by hot or cold storage. Keep unused material in a closed container to avoid contamination and dust exposure. Minimize airborne dust generation and prevent wind dispersal during loading and unloading.
Specific end use(s): Please refer to your customer service, sales or distributor representative for detailed information. Product is considered industry grade material.
Exposure limit values: Use your local / national occupational exposure limits for kaolin (or 'nuisance dust') if more stringent than the following:
Engineering controls: Dust levels in excess of appropriate exposure limits should be reduced by all feasible engineering controls, including (but not limited to) wet suppression, ventilation, process enclosure, and enclosed employee work stations.
Notes- (-A4) This indicates that kaolin is 'Not Classifiable as a Human Carcinogen' by ACGIH.
Exposure Limits Kaolin CAS# 1332-58-7
|2 mg/m3 (Respirable dust)||TWA (8 hour)||ACGIH TLV-A4*|
|15 mg/m3 (Total dust)||TWA (8 hour)||OSHA PEL|
|5 mg/m3 (Respirable dust)||TWA (8 hour)||OSHA PEL|
|10 mg/m3 (Total dust)||TWA (10 hour)||NIOSH REL|
|5 mg/m3 (Respirable dust)||TWA (10 hour)||NIOSH REL|
Occupational exposure controls
Eye protection: Approved safety glasses with side shields.
Skin / body protection: Product may have a drying effect on exposed skin. Avoid direct, repeated skin contact. Select protective clothing considering the work environment and exposure risk. Where skin contact is likely use barrier clothing suitable for nuisance dusts.
Hand protection: Any type of glove that reduces or eliminates skin contact is acceptable.
Respiratory protection: Use a compliant particulate respirator when dust levels exceed or are likely to exceed regulatory limits.
Hygiene measures: Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practices. Care should be given to avoid dust generation.
Environmental exposure controls: Avoid conditions that would allow wind dispersal
General information, appearance and odor: Off-white dry powder, soil-like odor.
Important health, safety and environmental information:
pH in water (20% solids suspension): 3.5 - 7.5 (range for all hydrous products- refer to specific product TDS for exact pH)
Boiling point: N/A (Solid)
Melting point: >1700o C
Flash point: N/A
Explosive properties: N/A
Oxidizing properties: N/A
Vapor pressure (mm Hg): No Vapor
Specific gravity (H2O=1): 2.6
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Vapor density (Air=1): No Vapor
Reactivity: Inert / not reactive
Chemical stability: Chemically stable
Possibility of hazardous reactions: No hazardous reactions.
Conditions to avoid: None known. Stable under normal storage, handling and environmental conditions.
Incompatible materials: None known. This product is stable when used as intended by the manufacturer.
Hazardous decomposition products: None known. This product is stable in water.
Acute toxicity: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Skin corrosion / irritation: No data available, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Serious eye damage / irritation: No data available, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Respiratory or skin sensitization: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Germ cell mutagenicity: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Carcinogenicity: Calcined kaolin is not listed as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) lists kaolin as- Not Classifiable as a Human Carcinogen: Inadequate data on which to classify the agent in terms of its carcinogenicity in humans and/or animals. This product contains less than 0.1% crystalline silica (quartz) based on testing using NIOSH method 7500.
Reproductive toxicity: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Specific Target Organ Toxicity (STOT)
Single exposure: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Repeated exposure: Inhalation- Human studies indicate that chronic (15~20 years) exposure to excessive dust levels may lead to pneumoconiosis, a lung disease. Not all individuals with pneumoconiosis will exhibit symptoms (signs) of the disease. However, pneumoconiosis can be progressive and symptoms can appear at any time, even years after the esposure has ceased. Symptoms of pneumoconiosis may include but are not limited to the following: shorness of breath; difficulty breathing with or without exertion; coughing; diminished work capacity; diminished chest expansion; reduction of lung volume.
Aspiration hazard: Limited animal studies indicate no hazard, generally regarded as safe by FDA.
Toxicity: N/A. Animal testing indicates no adverse effects.
Persistence and degradability: N/A. This product is made from a naturally occurring, abundant, innocuous mineral.
Bioaccumulative potential: No data available. This product is not expected to accumulate in biota.
Mobility in soil: Negligible. This product is insoluble in water
Results of PBT and vPvB assessment: N/A
Other adverse effects: May affect turbidity of water if discharged in large quantities to lakes or streams.
Waste treatment methods: Improper disposal may create a nuisance dust hazard.
Waste from residues / unused products: Whenever possible pickup and reuse uncontaminated product, avoiding dust generation. Product material is not a hazadous waste. Dispose of in accordance to applicable national and local regulations. Place in closed containers to avoid dust generation.
Packaging: Dust formations from residues in packaging should be avoided and suitable worker protection assured. Empty packaging materials are suitable for recycling. Place in closed containers to avoid dust generation.
UN or DOT number and proper name: N/A. Not a hazardous material as defined under national / international road, rail, sea and air transport regulations
Transport hazard classes (ADR, IMDG, ICAO / IATA, RID): Not classified
Packaging group: N/A.
Environmental hazards: None
Special precautions for user: No special precautions
Transport in bulk according to Annex II of MARPOL 73/78 and the IBC Code: N/A.
Label required: Use original label including precautionary statement. When disposing of this material in its pure form use a 'Non-Hazardous Waste' label.
Chemical safety assessment: Not performed on this product. Adverse effects are not expected when product is used according to guidelines presented in this document.
U.S. Federal Regulations
FDA: Kaolin (aluminum silicate, china clay, clay) is acceptable for several specific uses. See 21 CFR 73, 82, 175, 176, 177, 178, 186, 310, 335, 346, 347 and 872.
SARA Title III (EPCRTKA) Section 302: This product does not contain any extremely hazardous substances subject to the reporting requirements of 40 CFR Part 355.
SARA Title III (EPCRTKA) Section 311/312: This product does not contain any hazardous chemicals subject to the reporting requirements of 40 CFR part 370.
SARA Title III (EPCRTKA) Section 313: This product does not contain substances subject to the reporting requirements of 40 CFR Part 372.
TSCA: This product or its components are listed in or exempt from the TSCA inventory requirements. This product does not contain substances subject to export notification under Section 12(b) of TSCA.
North American Regulations
USA: Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Washington.
California Prop 65: No substances requiring notification.
Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. This product has been classified in accordance with hazard criteria of the Controlled Products Regulations and this MSDS contains all the information required by the Controlled Products Regulations.
WHIMS classification: Noncontrolled (tested, contains less than 0.1% crystalline silica).
Mexico: See national exposure limits.
Several states, provinces and territories specifically list kaolin and regulate dust exposure.
For the most current regulatory information please%D�ontact the appropriate agencies in the state, province or territory where the product is used.
Hazard symbols: None
CAS# 1332-58-7 can be found in the following registries: AICS (Australia), China Inventory, DSL (Canada), ECL (Korea), EINECS (Europe), ENCS (Japan), PICCS (Philippines), SWISS (Swiss), ERMA IIC (New Zealand). German Water Classification - Annex 1: Non-Hazardous (ID No. 765). Product does not require a hazard warning label in accordance with EC Directive 2008/1272/EC.
Health = * 0 : (nuisance dust- fine particulate)
Flammability = 0 : (non flammable)
Physical Hazard = 0 : (non reactive)
Personal Protective Equipment = E **:
Revised on 01 February 2023: Minor format changes. Conforms to ANSI Z400.1/Z129.1-2010 Standard. OSHA HCS (2012).
Kaolin is a natural hydrous clay that contains bound water. It's chemical formula is Al2 Si2 H4 O9
Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMISR III) Ratings
* Possible chronic hazard. Review and abide by suggested dust exposure limits. Monitor work area for potential over-exposure to dust.
** Use safety glasses, gloves and appropriate respiratory protection for dusty conditions.