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Safety Terms in MSDS

Graham Marshall - Friday, June 10, 2011

Under European Union Legislation, MSDSs available in the UK contain codes for certain "safety phrases", shown as S1 to S62.

These common safety phrases are also used elsewhere in the world.

It may be useful to understand what the codes mean so I'm posting the EC code meanings below:

S1             Keep locked up.

S2            Keep out of the reach of children.

S3            Keep in a cool place.

S4            Keep away from living quarters.

S5            Keep contents under … (there follows the name of a liquid).

S6           Keep under … (there follows the name of an inert gas).

S7           Keep container tightly closed.

S8           Keep container dry.

S9           Keep container in a well-ventilated place.

S12         Do not keep the container sealed.

S13         Keep away from food, drink and animal foodstuffs.

S14         Keep away from … (a list of incompatible materials will follow).

S15         Keep away from heat. S16         Keep away from sources of ignition.

S17         Keep away from combustible material.

S18         Handle and open container with care.

S20         When using, do not eat or drink.

S21         When using do not smoke.

S22         Do not breathe dust.

S23         Do not breathe vapour.

S24         Avoid contact with skin.

S25         Avoid contact with eyes.

S26         In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.

S27         Take off immediately all contaminated clothing.

S28         After contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of soap-suds.

S29         Do not empty into drains.

S30         Never add water to this product.

S33         Take precautionary measures against static discharges.

S35         This material and its container must be disposed of in a safe way.

S36         Wear suitable protective clothing.

S37         Wear suitable gloves.

S38         In case of insufficient ventilation, wear suitable respiratory equipment.

S39         Wear eye / face protection.

S40         To clean the floor and all objects contaminated by this material, use (suitable cleaning material).

S41         In case of fire and / or explosion do not breathe fumes.

S42         During fumigation / spraying wear suitable respiratory equipment.

S43         In case of fire use … (there follows the type of fire-fighting equipment to be used.)

S45         In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice immediately.

S46         If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label.

S47         Keep at temperature not exceeding…

S48         To be kept wet with (there follows a material name).

S49         Keep only in the original container.

S50         Do not mix with …

S51         Use only in well ventilated areas.

S52         Not recommended for interior use on large surface areas.

S53         Avoid exposure – obtain special instructions before use.

S56         Dispose of this material and its container at hazardous or special waste collection point.

S57         Use appropriate container to avoid environmental contamination.

S59         Refer to manufacturer / supplier for information on recovery / recycling.

S60         This material and its container must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

S61         Avoid release to the environment. Refer to special instructions / safety data sheets.

S62         If swallowed, do not induce vomiting; seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label.

 

 

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