MSDS Material Safety Data Sheet


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Material Safety Data Sheet
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Printing date 04/21/2004 Reviewed on 09/05/2003

1 Identification of substance:
Product details:
Product name: Aluminum oxide, alpha
Stock number: 42768
Alfa Aesar, A Johnson Matthey Company
Johnson Matthey Catalog Company, Inc.
30 Bond Street
Ward Hill, MA 01835-8099
Emergency Phone: (978) 521-6300
CHEMTREC: (800) 424-9300
Web Site:
Information Department: Health, Safety and Environmental Department
Emergency information:
During normal hours the Health, Safety and Environmental Department.
After normal hours call Chemtrec at (800) 424-9300.

2 Composition/Data on components:
Chemical characterization:
Description: (CAS#)
Aluminum oxide (CAS# 1344-28-1), 100%
Identification number(s):
EINECS Number: 215-691-6

3 Hazards identification
Hazard description:

Xn Harmful

Information pertaining to particular dangers for man and environment
R 20 Harmful by inhalation.
R 37 Irritating to respiratory system.
Classification system
HMIS ratings (scale 0-4)
(Hazardous Materials Identification System)
HEALTH 1 Health (acute effects) = 1
Flammability = 0
Reactivity = 1

4 First aid measures
After inhalation
Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep
patient warm.
Seek immediate medical advice.
After skin contact
Immediately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly.
Seek immediate medical advice.
After eye contact
Rinse opened eye for several minutes under running water. Then consult a
After swallowing Seek immediate medical advice.
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Information for doctor
The following symptoms may occur:
Gastric or intestinal disorders.
Breathing difficulty

5 Fire fighting measures
Suitable extinguishing agents
Product is not flammable. Use fire fighting measures that suit the
surrounding fire.
For safety reasons unsuitable extinguishing agents
Halogenated extinguisher
Protective equipment:
Wear self-contained respirator.
Wear fully protective impervious suit.

6 Accidental release measures
Person-related safety precautions:
Wear protective equipment. Keep unprotected persons away.
Ensure adequate ventilation
Measures for environmental protection:
Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper
governmental permits.
Measures for cleaning/collecting:
Dispose contaminated material as waste according to item 13.
Ensure adequate ventilation.
Additional information:
See Section 7 for information on safe handling
See Section 8 for information on personal protection equipment.
See Section 13 for disposal information.

7 Handling and storage
Information for safe handling:
Keep container tightly sealed.
Store in cool, dry place in tightly closed containers.
Ensure good ventilation at the workplace.
Prevent formation of dust.
Information about protection against explosions and fires:
The product is not flammable
Requirements to be met by storerooms and receptacles:
No special requirements.
Information about storage in one common storage facility:
Do not store together with acids.
Do not store together with alkalies (caustic solutions).
Store away from oxidizing agents.
Further information about storage conditions:
Keep container tightly sealed.
Store in cool, dry conditions in well sealed containers.
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8 Exposure controls and personal protection
Additional information about design of technical systems:
Properly operating chemical fume hood designed for hazardous chemicals
and having an average face velocity of at least 100 feet per minute.
Components with limit values that require monitoring at the workplace:

Aluminum oxide
ACGIH TLV Not classified as a human carcinogen
Austria MAK 5 (dust)
Belgium TWA 10
Denmark TWA 10(Al)
France VME 10
Germany MAK 6
Korea TLV Not classified as a human carcinogen
Norway TWA 2(Al)
Poland TWA 2; 16-STEL
Russia 4-STEL
Sweden TWA 4(Al) (resp. dust)
10(Al) (total dust)
Switzerland MAK-W 2
United Kingdom TWA 10 (total inhalable dust)
4 (respirable dust)
USA PEL 15 (total dust)
5 (respirable fraction)
Additional information: No data
Personal protective equipment
General protective and hygienic measures
The usual precautionary measures for handling chemicals should be
Keep away from foodstuffs, beverages and feed.
Remove all soiled and contaminated clothing immediately.
Wash hands before breaks and at the end of work.
Breathing equipment:
Use suitable respirator when high concentrations are present.
Protection of hands: Impervious gloves
Eye protection: Safety glasses
Body protection: Protective work clothing.

9 Physical and chemical properties:
General Information
Form: Powder
Color: Off-white
Odor: Odorless
Change in condition
Melting point/Melting range: 2000-2030掳C (3632-3686掳F)
Boiling point/Boiling range: 2920-3040掳C (5288-5504掳F)
Sublimation temperature / start: Not determined
Flash point: Not applicable
Flammability (solid, gaseous) Product is not flammable.
Ignition temperature: Not determined
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Decomposition temperature: Not determined
Danger of explosion: Product does not present an
explosion hazard.
Explosion limits:
Lower: Not determined
Upper: Not determined
Vapor pressure: Not determined
Density at 20掳C (68掳F): 3.97 g/cm鲁
Solubility in / Miscibility with
Water at 29掳C (84掳F): 0.0098 g/l

10 Stability and reactivity
Thermal decomposition / conditions to be avoided:
Decomposition will not occur if used and stored according to
Materials to be avoided:
Oxidizing agents
Dangerous reactions Exothermic reaction with water
Dangerous products of decomposition: Metal oxide fume

11 Toxicological information
Acute toxicity:
Primary irritant effect:
on the skin: Irritant to skin and mucous membranes.
on the eye: Irritating effect.
Sensitization: No sensitizing effects known.
Other information (about experimental toxicology):
Tumorigenic effects have been observed on tests with laboratory animals.
Subacute to chronic toxicity:
Aluminum may be implicated in Alzheimers disease. Inhalation of aluminum
containing dusts may cause pulmonary disease.
Subacute to chronic toxicity:
Aluminum oxide has caused tumors and neoplasms in experimental animals
via implant.
Additional toxicological information:
To the best of our knowledge the acute and chronic toxicity of this
substance is not fully known.
ACGIH A4: Not classifiable as a human carcinogen: Inadequate data on
which to classify the agent in terms of it's carcinogenicity in humans
and/or animals.
The Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) contains
tumorigenic and/or carcinogenic and/or neoplastic data for components in
this product.
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12 Ecological information:
General notes:
Do not allow material to be released to the environment without proper
governmental permits.

13 Disposal considerations
Consult state, local or national regulations to ensure proper disposal.
Uncleaned packagings:
Recommendation: Disposal must be made according to official regulations.

14 Transport information
Not a hazardous material for transportation.
DOT regulations:
Hazard class: None
Land transport ADR/RID (cross-border)
ADR/RID class: None
Maritime transport IMDG:
IMDG Class: None
Air transport ICAO-TI and IATA-DGR:
ICAO/IATA Class: None

Transport/Additional information:
Not dangerous according to the above specifications.

15 Regulations
Product related hazard informations:
Hazard symbols:
Xn Harmful
Risk phrases:
20 Harmful by inhalation.
37 Irritating to respiratory system.
Safety phrases:
22 Do not breathe dust.
36 Wear suitable protective clothing.
38 In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory
National regulations
All components of this product are listed in the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency Toxic Substances Control Act Chemical substance
Information about limitation of use:
For use only by technically qualified individuals.
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16 Other information:
Employers should use this information only as a supplement to other
information gathered by them, and should make independent judgement of
suitability of this information to ensure proper use and protect the
health and safety of employees. This information is furnished without
warranty, and any use of the product not in conformance with this
Material Safety Data Sheet, or in combination with any other product or
process, is the responsibility of the user.
Department issuing MSDS: Health, Safety and Environmental Department.
Contact: Darrell R. Sanders


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