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Material Safety Data Sheets Copper

Product and Company Identification

(Page 1 may be used as an emergency safety sheet) Trade name: Copper Rod
Chemical abstract no.: None
Chemical family:
NIOSH no.: None
Chemical name: Copper
Hazchem code: None
Synonyms: Copper Rod and Cathode
UN no.: None


Hazardous components: Copper 99.99%
EEC classification: -

Hazards Identification

Main hazard: Irritant
Health effects – inhalation: Ulceration and perforation of the nasal septum from copper fumes

First Aid Measures

Product ingested: Spontaneous vomiting will occur.
Product inhaled: Remove to fresh air. Call doctor immediately

Fire Fighting Measures

Not applicable

Accidental Release Measures

Personal Precautions: None
Environmental precautions: None
Decontamination Procedures: None.

Handling and Storage

Handling/storage precautions: Store in appropriate location

Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Engineering control measures: Ventilation requirements – local exhaust
Personal protection - respiratory: Use approved dust respirators
Personal protection - hand: Minimise contact with product. Wear gloves.
Personal protection - eye: Wear safety glasses.
Personal protection - skin: Minimise contact with product. Wear gloves and / or suitable long sleeved clothing

Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance: Golden Brown Metal
Odour: None
pH: N/A
Melting point: 1083°C typical
Flammibility: None
Density: 8.89 g/cm3
Solubility - water: Insoluble

Stability and Reactivity

Stability: Stable
Conditions to avoid: Presence of Nitric Acid
Materials to avoid: Magnesium metal and acetylene gas
Hazardous decomposition products: None

Toxicological Information

Acute toxicity: none
Skin and eye contact: none
Chronic toxicity: none.
Carcinogenicity: Not known
Mutagenicity: Not known
Neurotoxicity: Not known
Reproductive hazards: Not known

Ecological Information

Aquatic toxicity - fish: Unlikely to be hazardous to aquatic life
Aquatic toxicity – daphnia : Unlikely to be hazardous
Aquatic toxicity – algae : Unlikely to be hazardous
Biodegradability: None
Bio-accumulation: None
Mobility: Copper is micronutrient

Disposal Considerations

Disposal methods: Copper metal is readily recycled.
Disposal of packaging: N/A

Transport Information

Not hazardous

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