Material Safety Data

Section 1 : Chemical Product and Company Identification

Products Name –    Potassium Carbonate, anhydrous

CAS#           –       584-08-7

Synonym      –       Carbonic acid, dipotassium salt, Pearl Ash, Potash

Chemical Name   –  Potassium Carbonate

Chemical Formula   – K2C03


Section 2: Composition and Information on Ingredients

Composition Name   :        Potassium carbonate, anhydrous

% By Weight        :        98% Min.

Toxicological Data on Ingredients: Potassium carbonate, anhydrous: ORAL (LD50): Acute: 1870   mg/kg  [Rat].


Section 3: Hazards Identification

Potential Acute Health Effects:

Hazardous in case of skin contact (irritant), of eye contact (irritant), of ingestion, of  inhalation. Slightly hazardous in case of eye contact (corrosive).

Potential Chronic Health Effects:

The substance is toxic to mucous membranes. The substance may be toxic to skin, eyes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.


Section 4: First Aid Measures

Eye Contact :Check for and remove any contact lenses. In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Cold water may be used. Get medical attention immediately.

Skin Contact:In case of contact, immediately flush skin with plenty of water. Cover the irritated skin with an emollient. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes. Cold water may be used. Wash clothing before reuse. Thoroughly clean shoes before reuse. Get medical attention.

Inhalation:      If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention.

Ingestion:       Do NOT induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. If large quantities of this material are swallowed, call a physician immediately. Loosen tight clothing such as a collar, tie, belt or waistband.


Section 5: Fire and Explosion Data

Flammability                                                 Non-flammable.

Auto-Ignition Temperature                  Not applicable.

Flash Points                                                  Not applicable.

Flammable Limits                                      Not applicable.

Fire Hazards in Presence of Various Substances: Not applicable.


Section 6: Accidental Release Measures

Small Spill: Use appropriate tools to put the spilled solid in a convenient waste disposal

container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface.

Large Spill: Use a shovel to put the material into a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface.


Section 7: Handling and Storage

Precautions:  Keep container dry. Do not ingest. Do not breathe dust. Never add water to this product. In case of insufficient Ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment. If ingested, seek medical advice immediately. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Keep away from incompatibles such as oxidizing agents, metals and acids.

Storage :       Hygroscopic. Keep container tightly closed. Keep container in a cool, well-

ventilated area. Do not store above 25°C.


Section 8: Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Engineering Controls: Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, fume or mist, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants below the exposure limit.

Personal Protection: Splash goggles. Lab coat. Dust respirator. Be sure to use an  approved/certified respirator or equivalent, Gloves.

Personal Protection in Case of a Large Spill: Splash goggles. Full suit. Dust respirator. Boots. Gloves. A self contained  breathing apparatus should be used to avoid inhalation of the product.


Section 9: Physical and Chemical Properties                                                                                 

Physical state and appearance: Solid. (Powdered solid)

Odour: Odorless.

Molecular Weight: 138.21 g/mole

Color: White.

Boiling Point: Decomposes

Melting Point: 891 oC ( 1635.8°F)

Vapor Density: Not available.

Volatility: Not available.

Solubility: Soluble in cold water.

Specific Gravity: 2.29 (Water= 1)

Vapor Pressure: Not applicable.


Section 10: Stability and Reactivity Data                                                                                        

Stability: The product is stable.

Instability Temperature:  Not available.

Conditions of Instability: Dust generation, moist air, water, incompatible materials

Incompatibility with various substances:  Reactive with oxidizing agents, metals, acids. Slightly reactive to reactive with moisture.

Corrosivity: Non-corrosive in presence of glass.

Special Remarks on Reactivity: Hygroscopic. Reacts with water to evolve heat. Incompatible with KCO, chlorine trifluoride, calcium oxide, and magnesium.


Section 11: Toxicological Information

Routes of Entry

Toxicity to Animals: Eye contact. Inhalation. Ingestion.

Toxic Effects on Humans Skin :  Acute oral toxicity (LDSO): 1870 mg/kg [Rat].

Eyes :Causes severe skin irritation.It is severely irritating to the eyes and its mucous membranes. It may cause corneal injury. It may cause burns and loss of vision. It may cause permanent damage. The amount of tissue damage depends on the length of contact.

Ingestion  : It causes gastrointestinal  irritation with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, swollen glottis, increased respiration, and ossible burns to the lips, tongue, oral mucosa, hypopharynx,  stomach, or esophagus. It may affect the cardiovascular system(circulatory collapse), urinary system, and metabolism.

Inhalation : Causes respiratory tract and mucous membrane irritation. Exposure can cause coughing, chest

pains, and difficulty breathing (dyspnea).




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Prepared in April 2010


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