BHCWK - HELIUM

Product Identification

Product ID:HELIUM
MSDS Date:07/10/1986
FSC:6830
NIIN:00F769995
MSDS Number: BHCWK

Responsible Party
AIR PRODUCTS AND CHEMICALS, INC.
2043 S 35TH ST
ALLENTOWN, PA 18105
US

Emergency Phone: 1-800-322-9092

Info Phone: 215-481-4911

Cage: 00742

Contractor
OXYGEN SALES AND SERVICE INC
11393 TACOMA, WA 98411-0393 US

Telephone: 800-345-3148/ 800-752-1597

Cage: 5H199

Ingredients

HELIUM

CAS: 7440-59-7

RTECS: NH6520000

Hazards

Routes of Entry: Inhalation:YES Skin:YES Ingestion:NO
Reports of Carcinogenicity:NTP:NO IARC:NO OSHA:NO
Health Hazards Acute and Chronic:EXTENSIVE TISSUE DAMAGE OR BURNS CAN
RESULT FROM EXPOSURE TO LIQUID HELIUM OR COLD HELIUM VAPORS.
Explanation of Carcinogenicity:HELIUM IS A SIMPLE ASPHYXIANT & HAS NO
TLV
Effects of Overexposure:MAY PRODUCE DIZZINESS, NAUSEA, VOMITING, LOSS
OF CONSCIOUSNESS, & DEATH. HELIUM IS ODORLESS AND NONTOXIC, BUT MAY
PRODUCE SUFFOCATION BY DILUTING THE CONCENTRA TION OF OXYGEN IN AIR
BELOW LEVELS NECE SSARY TO SUPPORT LIFE.

First Aid

First Aid:REMOVE PERSON TO AREA WITH NORMAL ATMOSPHERE. ASSISTED
RESPIRATION & SUPPLEMENTLOXYGEN SHOULD BE GIVEN IF THE VICTIM IS
NOT BREATHING. IF CRYOGENIC LIQUID/COLD BOIL OFF GAS CONTACTS
WORKER'S SKIN/EYES , FROZEN TISSUES SHOULD BE FLOODED ORSOAKED
W/TEPID WATER(105-115F;41-46C). DO NOT USE HOT WATER. CRYOGENIC
BURNS WHICH RESULT IN BLISTERING/DEEPER TISSUE FREEZING SHOULD
BE SEEN BY A PHYSICIAN

Fire Fighting

Flash Point:NA
Lower Limits:NA
Upper Limits:NA
Extinguishing Media:NA
Fire Fighting Procedures:NA
Unusual Fire/Explosion Hazard:NA

Accidental Release

Spill Release Procedures:AVOID CONTACT OF SKIN W/LIQ HELIUM OR COLD
BOILOFFGAS. FLUSH LIQ SPILL W/WATER TO DISPERSE.VENTILATEENCLSD
AREAS TO PREVENT FORMATION OF OXYGEN DEFIC IENT ATMOSPHERES CAUSED
BY EVAPORATION OF LIQUID HELIUM OR RELEASE OF GASEOUS HELIUM

Handling

Handling and Storage Precautions:SECURE CYLINDERS WHEN IN USE.USE
SUITABLE HNDTRUCKKEEP CYLINDERS AWAY FROM SOURCES OF HEAT & HEAVY
TRAFFIC AREA. SEGREGATE FULL/EMPTY CYLINDERS.
Other Precautions:AVOID EXPOSURE TO AREAS WHERE SALT OR CORROSIVE
CHEMICALS ARE PRESENT. AVOID USEOF CARBON STEEL & OTHER METALS
WHICH BECOME BRITTLE AT LOW TEMPERATURES. USE ONLY METALS &
MATERIALS COMPATIBLE W/EXT REMELY LOW TEMPERATURES.

Exposure Controls

Respiratory Protection:USE SELFCONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS IN OXYGEN
DEFICIANT ATMOSHPERE. CAUTION!! RESPIRATORS WILL NOT FUNCTION. USE
MAY RESULT IN ASPHYXIATION.
Ventilation:NATURAL OR MECHANICAL WHERE GAS IS PRESENT
Protective Gloves:LOOSE FITTNG GLVS/IMPERMEABLE (LEATHER)
Eye Protection:SAFETY GLASSES/CHEMICAL GOGGLES.
Other Protective Equipment:NONE
Supplemental Safety and Health
NK

Chemical Properties

Boiling Pt:B.P. Text:**SEE BELOW
Vapor Pres:NA
Vapor Density:1ATM.01114
Spec Gravity:1 ATM 0.138
Solubility in Water:1 ATM 0.861% B/VOL
Appearance and Odor:COLORLESS AND ODORLESS IN BOTH GASEOUS AND LIQUID
STATES

Stability

Stability Indicator/Materials to Avoid:YES
NONE
Stability Condition to Avoid:NONE
Hazardous Decomposition Products:NONE
Conditions to Avoid Polymerization:**BOILING PT: -452.1F/-268.9C

Disposal

Waste Disposal Methods:ALL LIQUID HELIUM TO EVAPORATE IN WELL
VENTILATED LOCATION REMOTE FROM WORK AREA.VENT HELIUM GAS SLOWLY
TO A WELL VENTL OUTDOOR LOCATION REMOTE FROM WORK AREAS.DONOT
ATTEMPT TO DISPOSE OF RESIDU AL HELIUM IN COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS.

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