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Health & Safety Sheet – GP PS
(Issue A. 12-03)
Section 1: Identification of the substance and the company
1.1 Substance: Polystyrene
1.2 Company: Athlone Extrusions LTD
  Address: Grace Road
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
  Telephone: +353 9064 92679

Section 2: Composition/information on ingredients
2.1 Composition: Polystyrene (CAS# 009003-53-6)

Section 3: Hazard identification
This product is not hazardous according to EC criteria.

Section 4: First aid measures
4.1 If inhaled: No emergency medical treatment necessary.
4.2 On skin contact: Areas affected by molten material should be quickly placed under cold running water.
4.3 On contact with eyes: Wash affected eyes for at least 15 minutes under running water with eyelids held open.
4.4 On ingestion: No emergency medical treatment necessary.
4.5 Never give fluids or induce vomiting if patient is unconscious or is having convulsions.

Section 5: Fire fighting measures
5.1 Suitable extinguishing media: Water fog or fine spray. Carbon dioxide. Dry chemical fire extinguishers. Synthetic foams.
5.2 Protection of fire fighters: Wear positive pressure self contained breathing apparatus and protective fire fighting clothing (includes fire fighting helmet, coat, trousers, boots and gloves).
5.3 Hazardous combustion products: Dense smoke is emitted when burned without sufficient oxygen. The smoke may contain combustion products of varying composition in addition to carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide
5.4 Specific methods of firefighting: Soak thoroughly with water to cool and prevent reignition.

Section 6: Accidental release measures
6.1 Sweep up, recover if possible, or dispose of according to applicable regulations.

Section 7: Handling and storage
7.1 Handling: Good general ventilation should be sufficient for most conditions. Avoid breathing dust.
7.2 Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Storage silos must be grounded to prevent static charge. Proper ventilation is recommended to control dust formation.

Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
8.1 Engineering controls: Good general ventilation should be sufficient for most processing operations. Local exhaust ventilation should be provided for operations at high temperatures to control the possible exposure to fumes at the die.
8.2 Personal protective equipment: Respiratory protection: if breathable dust is formed, use a filter suitable for solid particles.
  Skin protection: No precautions other than clean body covering clothing should be needed.
  Eye/face protection: Use safety glasses

Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
9.1 Form: Granules
9.2 Colour: transparent
9.3 Odour: none
9.4 Melting point/range: 90-130ºC
9.5 Decomposition temperature: >270ºC
9.6 Water solubility: Insoluble
9.7 Vapour pressure: not applicable
9 .8 Specific gravity: 1.04 – 1.06g/cm3
9.9 Flash point: >315ºC
9.10 Auto-ignition temperature: >405ºC
9.11 Flammability - LFL: not applicable
9.12 Flammability - UFL: not applicable

Section 10: Stability and reactivity
10.1 Chemical stability: Stable under normal handling and storage conditions, see section 7, handling and storage.
10.2 Conditions to avoid: Excessive heat. See decomposition temperature, section 9. Processed at high temperatures, the material may generate vapour levels sufficient to cause eye and respiratory irritation.
10.3  Hazardous decomposition products: Fumes released during processing may include traces of hydrocarbons

Section 11: Toxicological information
11.1 Ingestion: Single dose oral toxicity is believed to be very low. Considered to be physiologically inert. May cause choking if swallowed.
11.2  Eye contact: Solid or dust may cause irritation or corneal injury due to mechanical action.
11.3  Skin contact: Mechanical injury only. Skin absorption is unlikely due to physical properties.
11.4  Inhalation: At room temperature, exposure to vapours is unlikely due to physical properties. Higher temperatures may generate vapour levels sufficient to cause irritation and other effects. Dust may cause irritation to upper respiratory tract (nose and throat).

Section 12: Ecological information
12.1 Aquatic: In the aquatic environment, this product should not present problems because of extremely low solubility.
12.2 Soil: In the soil compartment, material is inherently very difficult to degrade.

Section 13: Disposal considerations
13.1 Conversion or process waste can be recycled (see Section 16, Other Information). Clean uncontaminated product may be disposed of by sale to reprocessors. Scrap materials may be disposed of at approved landfills or preferably by incineration under approved conditions. If incinerated, it is recommended that the flue gases be treated by a scrubber before exhausting to the atmosphere.

Section 14: Transport information
14.1 Not classified as hazardous under transport regulations. National legislation/regulations should be adhered to.

Section 15: Regulatory information
15.1 Not subject to labelling according to EC directives. Labelling according to national legislation/regulations. Other regulatory requirements in accordance with national legislation/regulations.

Section 16: Other information
  The information contained herein is based on the present state of our knowledge and does not therefore guarantee certain properties.
  Recipients of our product must take responsibility for observing existing laws and regulations.

Ireland: Grace Rd, Athlone, Co Westmeath. Tel: +353 - 9064 - 92670. Fax: +353 - 9064 - 94086
UK: Equipoint, Coventry Road, Birmingham B25 8AD. Tel: +44 -121-764 4848. Fax: +44 - 121 764 4443
Netherlands: Schouwburgring 85, 5038 TK Tilburg, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 - 13 - 544 7265. Fax: +31 - 13 - 544 2747