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Revision Date: March 23, 2012

 

Material Safety Data Sheet
Gaseous Oxygen

Section 1 : PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
Section 2 : COMPOSITION/ INGREDIENT INFORMATION
Section 3 : HAZARD IDENTIFICATION
Section 4 : FIRST AID MEASURES
Section 5 : FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Section 6 : ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
Section 7 : HANDLING AND STORAGE
Section 8 : EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION
Section 9 : PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Section 10 : STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Section 11 : TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
Section 13 : DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
Section 14 : TRANSPORT INFORMATION
Section 15 : REGULATORY INFORMATION
Section 16 : OTHER INFORMATION
Section 1 : PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
Product name:
Oxygen (Gaseous),
Supplier/ Manufacturer:
Universal Industrial Gases, Inc.
2200 Northwood Avenue, Suite 3
Easton, PA 18045-2239 USA
(610) 559-7967.
Emergency phone:
(610) 559-7967.
Section 2 : COMPOSITION/ INGREDIENT INFORMATION
C.A.S. CONCENTRATION % Ingredient Name OSHA PEL ACGIH TLV OSHA STEL

7782-44-7

Typically > 99
(MSDS also applies to 90 - 99%)

OXYGEN
(+N2 & Ar)
 
NONE NONE NONE
Section 3 : HAZARD IDENTIFICATION
Emergency Overview:
Oxygen gas is colorless, odorless, non-toxic cryogenic liquid or colorless, odorless, oxidizing gas. Liquid releases will quickly vaporize to gas. 

The chief physical hazard associated with releases of the gas is its oxidizing power which can greatly accelerate the burning rate for both common and exotic combustible materials.  Emergency personnel must practice extreme caution when approaching oxygen releases because of the potential for intense fire. 

The primary health hazard at atmospheric pressure is respiratory system irritation after exposure to high oxygen concentrations. Maintain oxygen levels in air above 19.5% and below 23.5%. While up to 50% oxygen can be breathed for more than 24 hours without adverse effects, high concentrations in open air accelerate combustion and increase the risk of fire and explosion of combustible or flammable materials.

Route of entry:
Inhalation, skin and eye contact.
Effects of acute exposure  
Eye contact:
No adverse effects expected.
Skin contact:
No adverse effects expected. .
Inhalation:
May cause breathing difficulty.
Prolonged exposure to high oxygen levels (>75%) can cause central nervous system depression: signs/symptoms can include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, poor coordination, slowed reaction time, slurred speech, giddiness and unconsciousness.
May cause coughing and chest pain.
May cause lung damage.
May cause soreness of the throat.
Ingestion:
Not a likely route of exposure.
Effects of chronic exposure:
None known.
Reproductive effects:
Oxygen deficiency during pregnancy has produced developmental abnormalities in humans and experimental animals.
Section 4 : FIRST AID MEASURES
Skin contact:
None required.
Eye contact:
None required.
Inhalation:

RESCUERS SHOULD NOT ATTEMPT TO RETRIEVE VICTIMS OF EXPOSURE TO THIS PRODUCT WITHOUT ADEQUATE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT. At a minimum, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus should be worn.

Remove victim(s) to fresh air, as quickly as possible. If not breathing qualified personnel should administer artificial respiration. Get medical attention.

IKeep person warm and at rest.
Ingestion:
No first aid should be needed.
Not considered a potential route of exposure.
Section 5 : FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Flammability:
Oxidizer.  
Conditions of flammability:
Contact with flammable materials.
Vigorously accelerates combustion.
Extinguishing media:
Use appropriate extinguishing media for surrounding fire.
Special procedures:
Self-contained breathing apparatus required.
Firefighters should wear the usual protective gear.
Cool fire exposed containers with water spray.
Personnel should be evacuated, if necessary, to upwind area.
Remove containers from fire area if without risk.
Auto-ignition temperature:
Not applicable.
Flash point (C), method:
Not applicable.
Lower flammability
limit (% vol):
Not applicable.
Upper flammability
limit (% vol):
Not applicable.
Explosion Data  
Sensitivity to mechanical impact:
Avoid impact against container.
Explosive power:
Closed containers may rupture or explode due to pressure build-up when exposed to extreme heat.
Cylinders are equipped with temperature and pressure relief devices but may still rupture under fire conditions.
Section 6 : ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
Leak/Spill:
Evacuate all non-essential personnel.
Stop leak without risk.
Wear gloves and goggles
Use a self-contained breathing apparatus.
 
Ventilate area. Monitor the surrounding area for Oxygen level
Section 7 : HANDLING AND STORAGE
Handling procedures and equipment:
Protect system components against physical damage.
Use adequate ventilation.
Avoid inhalation.
Never work on a pressurized system.
If there is a leak, close the upstream valve, blow down the system by venting to a safe place, then repair the leak.
Storage requirements:
Use storage containers, piping, valves and fittings designed for storage and distribution of Gaseous Oxygen. Protect cylinders against physical damage. Store in cool, dry, well-ventilated, fireproof area, away from flammable materials and corrosive atmospheres. Store away from heat and ignition sources and out of direct sunlight. Do not store near elevators, corridors or loading docks. Do not allow area where cylinders are stored to exceed 52C (125F).

Move cylinders with a suitable hand-truck. Do not drag, slide or roll cylinders. Do not drop cylinders or permit them to strike each other. Secure cylinders firmly. Leave the valve protection cap in-place (where provided) until cylinder is placed into service and after it is taken out of service.

Use designated CGA fittings and other support equipment. Do not use adapters. Do not heat cylinder by any means to increase the discharge rate of the product from the cylinder. Use check valve or trap in discharge line to prevent hazardous backflow into the cylinder. Do not use oils or grease on gas-handling fittings or equipment.

After use, close main cylinder valve. Replace valve protection cap (where provided). Mark empty cylinders "EMPTY".

Section 8 : EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION
Precautionary Measures  
Gloves/Type:
Wear appropriate gloves.
Respiratory/Type:
NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator.
Eye/Type:
As per local regulations.
Footwear/Type:
Safety boots per local regulations.
Clothing/Type:
Wear adequate protective clothes.
Other/Type:
Eye wash facility should be in close proximity.
Emergency shower should be in close proximity.
Ventilation requirements:
Mechanical ventilation is satisfactory. Ensure oxygen concentration remains above 19.5% and Carbon Dioxide concentration does not exceed 5000 ppm,
Local exhaust at points of emission preferred.
Exposure limit of material Not available.
Section 9 : PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Physical state:
Gas
Appearance & odor:
Colorless, odorless gas.
Odor threshold (PPM):
Odorless.
Vapor pressure :
Gas@ 70F (21C) 
Vapor sp. gravity (air=1):
1.11 @ 70F (21C)
Volatiles (% by volume) 100%
Boiling point :
-183C (760 mmHg)
-297.4F
Freezing point :
-218.8C
-361.8F
Solubility in water (%):
Slight.
Section 10 : STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Chemical stability:
Product is stable.
Conditions of reactivity:
Heat
Hazardous polymerization:
Will not occur.
Incompatible substances:
Combustible materials.
Oils or grease.
Flammable materials.
Hazardous decomposition products:
None.
Section 11 : TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION
LD50 of product, species & route:
Not available.
LC50 of product, species & route:
Not available.
Section 13 : DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS
Waste disposal:
Gas will dissipate in air. Cylinders should be returned in the original shipping container, properly labeled, with any valve outlet plugs or caps secured and valve protection cap in place.
Section 14 : TRANSPORT INFORMATION

DOT/ TDG classification:

 

 

 

North American Emergency Response Guidebook Number:

For cylinder shipments:
Oxygen, compressed
UN1072
Class 2.2 (Non-Flammable Gas) with subsidiary risk 5.1 (Oxidizer)
 
   
122  
Section 15 : REGULATORY INFORMATION
WHMIS classification:
A, C
DSL status:
Appears on DSL.
Section 16 : OTHER INFORMATION

Definitions and other useful data:

CAS #: The Chemical Abstract Service Number which uniquely identifies each constituent.

ACGIH - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, a professional association which establishes exposure limits.

TLV - Threshold Limit Value - an airborne concentration of a substance which represents conditions under which it is generally believed that nearly all workers may be repeatedly exposed without adverse effect.

OSHA - U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PEL - Permissible Exposure Limit - The same value as a TLV, except it is enforceable by OSHA.

IDLH - Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health - A concentration from which one can escape within 30-minutes without suffering permanent injury.

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION:
Health Hazard Rating Scale (Blue):
0
(material that on exposure under fire conditions would offer no hazard beyond that of ordinary combustible materials);
1
(materialsthat on exposure under fire conditions could cause irritation or minor residual injury);
2
(materials that on intense or continued exposure under fire conditions could cause temporary incapacitation or possible residual injury);
3
(materials that can on short exposure could cause serious temporary or residual injury);
4
(materials that under very short exposure could cause death or major residual injury). Flammability Hazard Rating Scale (Red):
0
(minimal hazard);
1
(materials that require substantial pre-heating before burning);
2
(combustible liquid or solids; liquids with a flash point of 38-93C [100-200F]);
3
(Class IB and IC flammable liquids with flash points below 38C [100F]);
4
(Class IA flammable liquids with flash points below 23C [73F] and boiling points below 38C [100F].
Reactivity Hazard Rating Scale(Yellow):
0
(normally stable);
1 (material that can become unstable at elevated temperatures or which can react slightly with water);
2
(materials that are unstable but do not detonate or which can react violently with water);
3
(materials that can detonate when initiated or which can react explosively with water);
4
(materials that can detonate at normal temperatures or pressures).

TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION:

Possible health hazards as derived from human data, animal studies, or from the results of studies with similar compounds are presented. Definitions of some terms:
LD50
-Lethal Dose (solids & liquids) which kills 50% of the exposed animals;
LC50
- Lethal Concentration (gases) which kills 50% of the exposed animals;
ppm
concentration expressed in parts of material per million parts of air or water;
mg/m3
concentration expressed in weight of substance per volume of air;
mg/kg
quantity of material, by weight.

REGULATORY INFORMATION:

EPA is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

WHMIS is the Canadian Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

DOT and TC are the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Transport Canada, respectively, which assign DOT and TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods) identification numbers, hazard classifications, and proper shipping name and shipping label information. This material is hazardous as defined by 49 CFR 172.101 of the US Department of Transportation and Dangerous Goods as defined by Transport Canada Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

 
USE OF THIS INFORMATION:

Universal Industrial Gases, Inc. offers this information to customers, employees, contractors, and the general public to promote the safe use of this product through awareness of product hazards and  safety information.  Customers and others who use or transport or sell this product to others should: 1) Disseminate this information internally to all workplace areas, employees, agents and contractors likely to encounter this product; 2) Provide supplemental hazards awareness, safety information, operation and maintenance procedures to the workplace areas and employees, agents and contractors likely to encounter this product; 3) Furnish this information to all their customers who purchase this product; and 4) Ask each purchaser or user of the product to notify its employees and customers of the product hazards and safety information.

 

DISCLAIMER OF EXPRESSED AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES:

Universal Industrial Gases, Inc. has taken reasonable care in preparing this document, however, since the use of this information and the conditions of use of the product are not within the control of Universal Industrial Gases, Inc., it is the user's obligation to determine the conditions of safe use of this product. The information in this document is offered with no warranties or representations as to accuracy or completeness and it is the responsibility of each individual to determine the suitability of the information for their particular purpose(s).


Universal Industrial Gases, Inc.
Universal Cryo Gas, LLC
2200 Northwood Ave. Suite 3
Easton, Pennsylvania 18045-2239 USA

Phone (610) 559-7967 Fax (610) 515-0945

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