Material Safety Data Sheet(MSDS)
1. Identification of the Substance
Product Name: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) - natural
Use of the substance/preparation: A polyethylene plastic - for industrial conversion as a raw material for the
manufacture of articles or goods.
2. Composition/Information on Ingredients
Component: Polyethylene Hexene Copolymer
Amount: 99 -100 %
CAS #: 25213-02-9
EC #: Polymer
3. Hazards Identification
This product is not classified as dangerous according to EC criteria
4. First-aid Measures
Eye Contact: Flush eyes thoroughly with water for several minutes. Remove contact
lenses after the initial 1-2 minutes and continue flushing for several additional
minutes. If effects occur, consult a physician, preferably an ophthalmologist.
Skin Contact: : If molten material comes in contact with the skin, do not apply ice but
cool under ice water or running stream of water. DO NOT attempt to remove the
material from skin. Removal could result in severe tissue damage. Seek medical
Inhalation: Move person to fresh air; if effects occur, consult a physician
Ingestion: If swallowed, seek medical attention. May cause gastrointestinal blockage.
Do not give laxatives. Do not induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical
Notes to Physician: If burn is present, treat as any thermal burn, after
decontamination. No specific antidote. Treatment of exposure should be directed at
the control of symptoms and the clinical condition of the patient.
5. Fire Fighting Measures
Extinguishing Media: Water fog or fine spray. Dry chemical fire extinguishers.
Carbon dioxide fire extinguishers. Foam.
Fire Fighting Procedures: Keep people away. Isolate fire and deny unnecessary
entry. Soak thoroughly with water to cool and prevent re-ignition. If material is
molten, do not apply direct water stream. Use fine water spray or foam. Cool
surroundings with water to localize fire zone. Hand held dry chemical or carbon
dioxide extinguishers may be used for small fires.
Special Protective Equipment for Fire-fighters:Wear positive-pressure
self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and protective fire fighting clothing
(includes fire fighting helmet, coat, trousers, boots, and gloves). If protective
equipment is not available or not used, fight fire from a protected location or safe
Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: Pneumatic conveying and other mechanical
handling operations can generate combustible dust. To reduce the potential for dust
explosions, do not permit dust to accumulate. Dense smoke is emitted when burned
without sufficient oxygen.
Hazardous Combustion Products: During a fire, smoke may contain the original
material in addition to combustion products of varying composition which may be
toxic and/or irritating. Combustion products may include and are not limited to:
Carbon monoxide. Carbon dioxide.
6. Accidental Release Measures
Steps to be Taken if Material is Released or Spilled: Contain spilled material if
possible. Sweep up. Collect in suitable and properly labelled containers. See Section
13, Disposal Considerations, for additional information.
Personal Precautions: Spilled material may cause a slipping hazard. Use appropriate
safety equipment. For additional information, refer to Section 8, Exposure Controls
and Personal Protection.
Environmental Precautions: Prevent from entering into soil, ditches, sewers,
waterways and/or groundwater. See Section 12, Ecological Information.
7. Handling and Storage
General Handling: No smoking, open flames or sources of ignition in handling and
storage area. Good housekeeping and controlling of dusts are necessary for safe
handling of product. Avoid breathing process fumes. Use with adequate ventilation.
When appropriate, unique handling information for containers can be found on the
product label. Workers should be protected from the possibility of contact with molten
resin. Do not get molten material in eyes, on skin or clothing. Pneumatic conveying
and other mechanical handling operations can generate combustible dust. To reduce
the potential for dust explosions, electrically bond and ground equipment and do not
permit dust to accumulate. Dust can be ignited by static discharge.
Storage: Store in accordance with good manufacturing practices.
8. Exposure Controls / Personal Protection
Exposure Limits:None established
Eye/Face Protection : Polymer
EC : Use safety glasses. Safety glasses should be consistent with
Directive 89/686/EEC Category 2. If there is a potential for exposure to particles
which could cause eye discomfort, wear chemical goggles. Chemical goggles should
be consistent with EN 166 or equivalent. If exposure causes eye discomfort, use a
Skin Protection : Polymer
Hand protection : Chemical protective gloves should not be needed when handling
this material. Consistent with general hygienic practice for any material, skin contact
should be minimized. Use gloves with insulation for thermal protection, when needed.
Respiratory Protection : Use an approved air-purifying respirator when vapours are
generated at increased temperatures or when dust or mist is present. Use the following
CE approved air-purifying respirator: When dust/mist are present use a/an Particulate
filter, type P2. When combinations of vapours, acids, or dusts/mists are present use
a/an Organic vapour cartridge with a particulate pre-filter, type AP2.
Ingestion : : Use good personal hygiene. Do not consume or store food in the work area.
Wash hands before smoking or eating.
Ventilation: Good general ventilation should be sufficient for most conditions. Local
exhaust ventilation may be necessary for some operations.
9. Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical State: Pellets or granules
Flash Point - Closed Cup:Not applicable
Flammable Limits In Air Lower:Not applicable
Autoignition Temperature:No test data available
Vapour Pressure:Not applicable
Boiling Point (760 mmHg):Not applicable
Vapour Density (air = 1):Not applicable
Specific Gravity (H2O = 1):0.83 - 0.97 Literature
Freezing Point:Not applicable
Melting Point:130 – 135oC Literature
Solubility in Water (by weight):Negligible
Kinematic Viscosity:Not applicable
10. Stability and Reactivity
Conditions to Avoid: Exposure to elevated temperatures can cause product to decompose.
Incompatible Materials: None known
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur
Thermal Decomposition: Decomposition products depend upon temperature, air supply and the presence of
other materials. Processing may release fumes and other decomposition products. At
temperatures exceeding melt temperatures, polymer fragments can be released. Fumes
can be irritating. Decomposition products can include and are not limited to:
Aldehydes. Alcohols. Organic acids. Decomposition products can include trace
amounts of: Hydrocarbons.
11. Toxicological Information
Ingestion: Very low toxicity if swallowed. Harmful effects not anticipated from swallowing
small amounts. May cause choking if swallowed. Estimated LD50, Rat > 5,000 mg/kg
Eye Contact: Solid or dust may cause irritation or corneal injury due to mechanical action. Vapour
may cause eye irritation experienced as mild discomfort and redness.
Skin Contact: Prolonged contact is essentially non-irritating to skin. Mechanical injury only. Under
normal processing conditions, material is heated to elevated temperatures; contact
with the material may cause thermal burns.
Skin Absorption: No adverse effects anticipated by skin absorption.
Estimated LD50, Rabbit > 2,000 mg/kg
Inhalation: No adverse effects are anticipated from single exposure to dust. Vapours/fumes
released during thermal processing may cause respiratory irritation.
Repeated Dose Toxicity: Additives are encapsulated in the product and are not expected to be released under
normal processing conditions or foreseeable emergency.
12. Ecological Information
Movement & Partitioning: No bioconcentration is expected because of the relatively high molecular weight (MW
greater than 1000). In the terrestrial environment, material is expected to remain in the
soil. In the aquatic environment, material is expected to float.
Persistence and Degradability: This water-insoluble polymeric solid is expected to be inert in the environment.
Surface photodegradation is expected with exposure to sunlight. No appreciable
biodegradation is expected.
Ecotoxicity: Not expected to be acutely toxic, but material in pellet or bead form may
mechanically cause adverse effects if ingested by waterfowl or aquatic life.
13. Disposal Considerations
For uncontaminated material the disposal options include mechanical and chemical
recycling or energy recovery. In some countries landfill is also allowed. For
contaminated material the options remain the same, although additional evaluation is
required. For all countries the disposal methods must be in compliance with national
and provincial laws and any municipal or local by-laws. All disposal methods must be
in compliance with the EU framework Directives 91/156/EEC, 91/689/EEC and their
subsequent adaptations, as implemented in National Laws and Regulations, as well as
EU Directives dealing with priority waste streams. Transboundary shipment of wastes
must be in compliance with EU Regulation 259/93 and subsequent modifications.
14. Transport Information
Road & Rail: NOT REGULATED
Ocean: NOT REGULATED
Air: NOT REGULATED
Inland Waterways: NOT REGULATED
This information is not intended to convey all specific regulatory or operational
requirements/information relating to this product. Additional transportation system
information can be obtained through an authorized sales or customer service
representative. It is the responsibility of the transporting organization to follow all
applicable laws, regulations and rules relating to the transportation of the material.
15. Regulatory Information
European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical Substances (EINECS): This product is a polymer according to the definition in Directive 92/32/EEC (7th
Amendment to Directive 67/548/EEC) and all of its starting materials and intentional
additives are listed in the European Inventory of Existing Commercial Chemical
Substances (EINECS) or in compliance with European (EU) chemical inventory
Classification and User Label Information:This product is not classified as dangerous according to EC criteria
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