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

Section 2: Composition/information on ingredients
2.1 Product description: Thermoplastic Polyurethane
2.2 Hazardous ingredients: Contains no hazardous ingredients (91/155/EEC).

Section 3: Hazard identification
3.1 By analogy with related materials it is unlikely to cause harmful effects under
normal conditions of handling and use.

Section 4: First aid measures
  Only normally needed for thermal burns and for inhalation of smoke from burning
material. Treat in the same way as other normal thermal burns and wood smoke
4.1 If inhaled: Remove patient from exposure, keep warm and at rest.
Obtain immediate medical attention.
4.2 On skin contact:Molten material can cause severe burns. Do not try to peel molten polymer from
the skin. Cool rapidly with water. Obtain immediate medical attention.
4.3 On contact with eyes: Remove particles by irrigating with eye wash solution or clean water, holding the
eyelids apart. Obtain medical attention..
4.4 On ingestion: Do not induce vomiting.
Obtain medical attention if ill effects occur.
4.5 Further medical treatment: Symptomatic treatment and supportive therapy as indicated.
Apply artificial respiration if breathing has ceased or shows signs of failing.

Section 5: Fire fighting measures
5.1 Suitable extinguishing media:In case of fire, various kinds of fire extinguishers may be used, foam, water fog or
dry powder.
5.2 Not classified as flammable: If involved in a fire, it may emit noxious and toxic fumes.
5.3 Unsuitable extinguishing media: Do not use water jet.
5.4 Special protective equipment for firefighters:In case of fire, wear full protective equipment including suitable respiratory

Section 6: Accidental release measures
6.1 Clear up spillages. Transfer to a container for disposal or recovery.

Section 7: Handling and storage
7.1 Handling: Avoid contact with eyes. Avoid prolonged skin contact.
Take precautionary measures against static discharges.
7.2 Process hazards: Heating during processing.
Burns are the most common injury during melt processing of thermoplastics. Take
utmost care.
  All polymers degrade to some extent at their processing temperature, an effect
which increases with increasing temperature.
  Chemicals produced during decomposition are highly dependent upon
temperature and conditions. It is therefore impossible to be precise about which
substances may be evolved.
  Processing temperature: 160 – 190 Deg C.
  Provide adequate ventilation where operational procedures demand it.

Section 8: Exposure controls/personal protection
8.1 Wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection.
8.2 No occupational exposure limit assigned.

Section 9: Physical and chemical properties
9.1 Form: Granulate
9.2 Melting point (Deg C): >120°C
9.3 Solubility (water): Insoluble
9.4 Viscosity (mps.s): Not applicable

Section 10: Stability and reactivity
10.1 Hazardous reactions:None known.
10.2 Hazardous decomposition product(s):None at ambient temperature.

Section 11: Toxicological information
11.1 Inhalation: Unlikely to be hazardous by inhalation unless heated.
Combustion products may be irritant.
11.2 Skin contact: May cause physical abrasion in contact with skin.
Molten polymer will adhere to the skin causing deep thermal burns.
11.3 Eye contact: May cause physical abrasion in contact with eyes.
11.4 Ingestion: Highly unlikely under normal industrial use.
11.5 Long term exposure: No relevant data available. Chronic effects are unlikely.

Section 12: Ecological information
12.1 No information available.

Section 13: Disposal considerations
13.1 The generation of waste should be avoided or minimised wherever possible.
Disposal should be in accordance with local, state or national legislation. Bury on
an authorised landfill site or incinerate under approved controlled conditions, using
incinerators suitable for the disposal of noxious chemical waste.

Section 14: Transport information
14.1 Not classified as hazardous for transport.

Section 15: Regulatory information
15.1 Not classified as hazardous to users.
  EU classification: Not classified.
  Hazard symbol: None required.
  Risk phrases: None required.
  Safety phrases: None required.

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