Material Safety Data Sheets Polyethylene
Product and Company Identification
(Page 1 may be used as an emergency safety sheet)
Trade name: XLPE
Chemical abstract no.: 009002-88-4
Chemical family: Crosslinked polyethylene, LLDPE, MDPE, HDPE, PP fillers
NIOSH no.: None
Chemical name: Polyethylene Homopolymer
Hazchem code: None
UN no.: None
Hazardous components: None
EEC classification: -
Flammability: The product burns, but is not classified as flammable
Enviromental hazard: Not considered dangerous to the enviroment
Health effects: The product is not classified as hazardous.
First Aid Measures
Product in eye: Wash with water
Product on skin: Wash with water
Product ingested: Do not induce vomiting. Obtain medical help.
Product inhaled: Remove from exposure
Fire Fighting Measures
Extinguishing media: Carbon dioxide, dry chemical powder or foam
Special hazards: Dense smoke, principle toxicant is carbon monoxide
Protective clothing: None.
Accidental Release Measures
Personal Precautions: Spilt product presents a significant slip hazard.
Environmental precautions: Prevent materials entering drain sewers.
Handling and Storage
Suitable material: Do not eat,drink or smoke whilst using this product.
To avoid the possibility of skin disorders, repeated or prolonged contact with the product should be avoided. It is essential to maintain a high standard of personal hygiene.
Handling/storage precautions: Store out of direct sunlight
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: Shiny plastic
Colour: Any colour ranging from black to white
Boiling point: -
Meting point: 110 -140°C typical
Flash point: >300°C typical
Explosive properties: None
Oxidizing properties: Not applicable
Vapour pressure: None
Density: 0.9 – 1.0 g/cm3
Solubility - water: Insoluble
Stability and Reactivity
Stability: Stable thermoplastic
Conditions to avoid: Excessive heat
Hazardous decomposition products: Hydrocarbons.
Acute toxicity: None
Skin and eye contact: Irritation,causing discomfort.
Chronic toxicity: Not known.
Carcinogenicity: Not known
Mutagenicity: Not known
Neurotoxicity: Not known
Reproductive hazards: Not known
Aquatic toxicity - fish: Unlikely to be hazardous to aquatic life
Aquatic toxicity – daphnia : Unlikely to be hazardous
Aquatic toxicity – algae : Unlikely to be hazardous
Bio-accumulation: The product has no potential for bioaccumulation.
Mobility: The product has no mobility in soil and can be substantially removed from effluent water in biological treatment processes
Disposal methods: Disposal should be in accordance with local, regional or national legislation.
Disposal of packaging: N/A
XLPE compounds are not listed as hazardous chemical substances and hence is not classified as dangerous for transport.
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