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Guidance on Safe Use

Guidance on Safe Use

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First-aid measures

4.1 Description of first aid measures
General advice: Move out of dangerous area.
Immediate medical attention is required.
Show this safety data sheet to the doctor in attendance.
Do not leave the victim unattended.
The following recommendations in respect of first aid and therapy should be made available to all First Aid Officers and Doctors, who could be called upon to render first aid, before work with cyanide/hydrocyanic acid is started.

Adverse health effects could include the following:
Headache, dizziness/vertigo, nausea or vomiting, convulsive seizures, unconsciousness, shortness of breath/breathing difficulty, cardiac arrest or heart failure.

Take off immediately all contaminated clothing.
If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.
If not breathing, give artificial respiration.
No mouth-to-mouth or mouth-to-nose artificial respiration. Use artificial respiration bag or respirator.
Keep person warm and at rest. If unconscious, place in re-covery position and get medical attention immediately.

Protection of first-aiders: No action shall be taken involving any personal risk or without suitable training. If it is suspected that fumes are still present, the rescuer should wear an appropriate mask or self-contained breathing apparatus. It may be dangerous to the person providing aid to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Wash contaminated clothing thoroughly with water before removing it, or wear gloves.

If inhaled: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position com-fortable for breathing.
Call emergency doctor immediately (alarm report: cyanide / hydro-cyanic acid poisoning ).
If unconscious, place in recovery position and get medical attention immediately.

In case of skin contact: If skin irritation persists, call a physician.
Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
If on skin, rinse well with water.
If on clothes, remove clothes.
In case of eye contact
: Small amounts splashed into eyes can cause irreversible tis-sue damage and blindness.
Remove contact lenses.
In the case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.
Continue rinsing eyes during transport to hospital.
Protect unharmed eye.
Keep eye wide open while rinsing.
If eye irritation persists, consult a specialist.

If swallowed
: Clean mouth with water and drink afterwards plenty of water.
Call emergency doctor immediately (alarm report: cyanide / hydro-cyanic acid poisoning ).
Keep respiratory tract clear.
Do NOT induce vomiting.
Rinse mouth with water.
Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
Take victim immediately to hospital.

4.2 Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed
Symptoms :
Skin contact may provoke the following symptoms:
Allergic reactions
Inhalation may provoke the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath
Ingestion may provoke the following symptoms:
Eye contact
Excessive lachrymation

4.3 Indication of any immediate medical attention and special treatment needed
Ensure vital functions only without any personal risk.Rapid treatment with antidotes can save lives and has priority over removal of poison !
Antidote treatment:
Warning! Dosage level relevant for adults weighing 70 kg.
In case of slight poisoning or danger of reabsorption (intake method: skin, gastro-intestinal tract): Possible administration of sodium thiosulphate (12,5 g i.v.) depending on the clinical symptoms.
In the event of severe poisoning, administration of an antidote necessary.
Antidote treatment: Check if these antidotes are licensed in your country or check for alternatives
Dicobalt edetate/sodium thiosulphate: 300 mg (1 vial) dicobalt edetate i.v., combination with sodium thiosulphate possible. Antidote in the event of false diagnosis or overdosage: sodi-um calcium edetate.Hydroxocobalamin/sodium thiosulphate: 4 g hydroxocobalamin by slow infusion; then 8 g sodium thiosulphate by infusion. The hydroxocobalamin dosage can be raised if necessary.
Amyl nitrite/sodium nitrite/sodium thiosulphate: amyl nitrite every 15 to 30 seconds by inhalation, then 300 - 600 mg sodi-um nitrite i.v., then 12,5 g sodium thiosulphate by infusion. Antidote in the event of false diagnosis or overdosage (me-themoglobinemia > 30 %): toluidine blue, methylene blue.
4-dimethylaminophenol, 4-DMAP/sodium thiosulphate: 250 mg (1 vial) 4-DMAP i.v., then 12,5 g sodium thiosulphate by infusion. Antidote in the event of false diagnosis or overdos-age (methemoglobinemia > 30 %): toluidine blue, methylene blue.
Symptomatic treatment
administration of oxygen, artificial respiration, treatment of arrhythmias, treatment of spasmodic fit, correction of acid-base balance. Follow-up of patient, if reabsorption possible (after oral intake, after skin absorption).

In case of contact consider corrosive action not only toxicity.

If substance has been swallowed:
If swallowed, rinse mouth with water (only if the person is conscious). First administrate antidote, if necessary. Early endoscopy in order to assess mucosa lesions in the oesoph-agus and stomach which may appear.
The administration of activated charcoal is disputed.

Fire-fighting measures

5.1 Extinguishing media
Suitable extinguishing media
: alkali powder quenching agent

Unsuitable extinguishing media
: Carbon dioxide (CO2)
High volume water jet
acidic quenching agents

5.2 Special hazards arising from the substance or mixture
Specific hazards during fire-fighting
: Do not allow run-off from fire fighting to enter drains or water courses.

Hazardous combustion products
: Hazardous decomposition products due to incomplete com-bustion
Metal oxides
Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
Hydrogen cyanide (hydrocyanic acid)

5.3 Advice for firefighters
Special protective equipment for firefighters
: Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighting if necessary.

Further information
: Collect contaminated fire extinguishing water separately. This must not be discharged into drains.
Fire residues and contaminated fire extinguishing water must be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

Accidental release measures

6.1 Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures
Personal precautions
Use personal protective equipment.
Avoid dust formation.
Avoid breathing dust.

6.2 Environmental precautions
Environmental precautions
: Prevent product from entering drains.
Prevent further leakage or spillage if safe to do so.
If the product contaminates rivers and lakes or drains inform respective authorities.

6.3 Methods and material for containment and cleaning up
Methods for cleaning up: Keep in suitable, closed containers for disposal.

Handling and storage

7.1 Precautions for safe handling
Advice on safe handling
: Avoid formation of respirable particles.
Do not breathe vapours/dust.
Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.
Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
For personal protection see section 8.
Smoking, eating and drinking should be prohibited in the ap-plication area.
Dispose of rinse water in accordance with local and national regulations.
Persons susceptible to skin sensitisation problems or asth-ma, allergies, chronic or recurrent respiratory disease should not be employed in any process in which this mixture is being used.

Advice on protection against fire and explosion
: Avoid dust formation. Provide appropriate exhaust ventilation at places where dust is formed.

Hygiene measures
: Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. When using do not eat or drink. When using do not smoke. Wash hands be-fore breaks and immediately after handling the product.

7.2 Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities
Requirements for storage areas and containers
: Keep container tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. Containers which are opened must be carefully re-sealed and kept upright to prevent leakage. Observe label precautions. Electrical installations / working materials must comply with the technological safety standards. To maintain product quality, do not store in heat or direct sunlight.

Advice on common storage
: Do not store near acids.

Storage class (TRGS 510) : 6.1B, Non-combustible, acute toxic Cat. 1 and 2 / very toxic hazardous materials

Other data : Keep in a dry place. No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.

Transport information

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Marine transport (IMDG)

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Exposure controls / personal protection

8.1 Control parameters
8.2 Exposure controls
Engineering measures
Handle only in a place equipped with local exhaust (or other appropriate exhaust).
Personal protective equipment
Eye protection
: Safety glasses with side-shields conforming to EN166

Hand protectionMaterial : Nitrile rubber
Break through time : > 240 min
Glove thickness : 0,38 mm

Skin and body protection: Dust impervious protective suit

Stability and reactivity

10.1 Reactivity
Under the action of acids (as well as carbon dioxide !) hydrocyanic acid is released which is combustible and may react with air to explosive gas mixtures.
10.2 Chemical stability
No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.
10.3 Possibility of hazardous reactions
Hazardous reactions
: No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.

10.4 Conditions to avoid
Conditions to avoid
: Avoid contact with combustible material (paper, wool, oil).

10.5 Incompatible materials
Materials to avoid: Acids
Carbon dioxide (CO2)

Disposal considerations

13.1 Waste treatment methods
Product : The product should not be allowed to enter drains, water courses or the soil.
Dispose of in accordance with the European Directives on waste and hazardous waste.
In accordance with local and national regulations.
Do not contaminate ponds, waterways or ditches with chemi-cal or used container.
According to the European Waste Catalogue, Waste Codes are not product specific, but application specific.
Waste codes should be assigned by the user, preferably in discussion with the waste disposal authorities.
Send to a licensed waste management company.

Contaminated packaging : Empty remaining contents.
Dispose of as unused product.
Do not re-use empty containers.