Material Safety Datasheet CAS No 13778-30-8
Date Issued: 2008/08/14
Company Details

Name Protea Chemicals - Cape Emergency Tel 082-490-5011
Address 54 Killarney Avenue Tel 021-550-8100
Killarney Gardens Fax 021-550-8180
Milnerton 7441

1.Product and Company Identification

Trade / Commercial Name ZINC NITRATE
Chemical Name Zinc nitrate
Formula Zn(NO3)2
Chemical Family
Synonyms Nitric acid, zinc salt
Un No 1514 Hazchem Code 2y
ERG No 140 EAC 47

2. Composition

Hazardous Components Zinc nitrate

3. Hazards Identification

Oxidizing Agent
If inhaled, could be harmful.
Contact causes severe burns to skin and eyes.
Fire could produce irritating or poisonous gases.
Runoff from fire-control or dilution water could cause pollution.

4. First Aid Measures

First Aid Skin Immediately remove contaminated clothing, including shoes.
Flush body with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.
First Aid Eyes Flush eyes with water for 15 minutes.
Hold eyelids open while washing.
First Aid Ingested Seek immediate medical advice.
The following symptoms may occur:
Cramp, Headache, Dizziness, Nausea .
First Aid Inhalation IMMEDIATELY remove to fresh air.

5. Fire Fighting Measures

SMALL FIRES: Water only, no dry chemicals, CO2 or Halon.
LARGE FIRES: Flood fire area with water.
Do not move cargo or vehicle if cargo has been exposed to heat.
Cool containers that are exposed to flames with water from the
side until well after the fire is out. Stay away from ends of tanks.
For massive fire in cargo area, use unmanned hose holder or monitor nozzles;
if this is impossible, withdraw from area and let fire burn.
Keep unnecessary people away; isolate hazard area and deny entry.
Stay upwind; keep out of low areas.
Self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and structural firefighter's
protective clothing will provide limited protection.

6. Accidental Release Measures

Breathing apparatus and protective gloves
Contain (avoid spillage from entering drains or water courses)
Restrict access to area.
Provide adequate protective equipment and ventilation.
Remove sources of heat and flame.
Notify occupational and environmental authorities.
Keep combustibles (wood,paper,oil,etc) away from hazard area.
Do not touch spilled material.
Stop leak if you can do it without risk.
Use water spray to reduce vapours.
Flush area with flooding amounts of water.
Dike liquid spill for later disposal

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.

Information about protection against explosions and fires:
Substance/product can reduce the ignition temperature of flammable substances.
This substance is an oxidizer and its heat of reaction with reducing agents or combustibles may cause ignition.


Requirements to be met by storerooms and receptacles:
No special requirements.

Information about storage in one common storage facility:
Store away from flammable substances.
Store away from reducing agents.

Further information about storage conditions:
Keep container tightly sealed.
Store in cool, dry conditions in well sealed containers.

8. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Occupational Exposure Limits No Exposure Limits Established
Controls The control measures appropriate for a particular worksite depend
on how this material is used and on the extent of exposure.
The best protection is to enclose operations and/or provide
local exhaust ventilation at the site of chemical release.
Use a non-sparking, grounded ventilation system separate from other
exhaust ventilation systems. Exhaust directly to the outside.
Supply sufficient replacement air to make up for air removed.
Have a safety shower/eye wash fountain readily available in the immediate work area
Personal Protection If engineering controls and work practices are not effective in
controlling this material, then wear suitable personal protection
equipment, including chemical safety goggles & face shield, boots,
imperious gloves, coveralls, & respiratory protection.
Have appropriate equipment available for use in emergencies.

9. Physical & Chemical Properties

Form: Flakes
Color: Colorless
Odor: Odorless
Solubility in / Miscibility with Water: Soluble

10. Stability And Reactivity

Conditions to Avoid Decomposition will not occur if used and stored according to specifications.
Incompatible Materials Reducing agents, easily oxidized materials
Organic materials
Metal powders
Other Dangerous reactions
Reacts with reducing agents
Reacts with flammable substances

Dangerous products of decomposition:
Nitrogen oxides
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.

Subacute to chronic toxicity:
Zinc containing fumes may cause metal fume fever. Effects include dry throat, metallic taste, chest pain, dyspnea, rales and dry cough. Several hours later, chills may occur with lassitude, malaise, fatigue, headache, back pain, muscle cramps, blurred vision, nausea, fever, perspiration, vomiting and leukocytosis.
Small doses of nitrates may cause weakness, general depression, headache and mental impairment. Larger doses may cause dizziness, abdominal cramps, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, convulsions and collapse.

12. Ecological Information

No ecological problems are expected when the product is handled and used with due care.

13. Disposal Considerations

Disposal Method Product There are no uniform EC regulations for the disposal of chemicals or residues.
Chemical residues generally count as special waste.
The disposal of the latter is regulated in the EC member countries through corresponding laws and regulations.
We recommend that you contact the authorities in charge or approved
waste disposal companies which will advise you on how to dispose of special waste.
Disposal Method Packaging Disposal in accordance with local legal provisions.

14. Transport Information

UN No 1514 Hazchem Code 2y
ERG No 140 EAC 47
IMDG Code 5089 IMDG-Packaging Group II
Marine Pollutant Yes
Class Class: 5.1 Oxidizing Agent Group: II
Subsidiary Risks None

15. Regulatory Information

EEC Hazard Classification 5.1
Risk Phases 8 - Contact with combustible material may cause fire.
22 - Harmful if swallowed.
36/37/38 - Irritating to eyes, respiratory system and skin.
Safety Phases 26 - In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
36 - Wear suitable protective clothing.
National Legislation

16. Other Information

Reason for Alteration: General update.

The information contained herein is based on the present state of our knowledge.
It characterizes the product with regard to the appropriate safety precautions.
It does not represent a guarantee of the properness of the product.


All information is given in good faith but without guarantee in respect of accuracy & no responsibility is accepted for errors or omissions or the consequences thereof.

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