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Material Safety Data Sheet


Section I. Chemical Product and Company Identification

Product Name/ Trade Name Supplier



Smectite clay Hydrated magnesium aluminum silicate mineral Not available. R. T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc. 30 Winfield Street Norwalk, CT 06855

Material Uses

Code CAS# In case of Emergency

72449 Mixture (203) 853-1400

Synonym Chemical Name Chemical Family Manufacturer

Protective Clothing

Personal Care Products INCI Name: Magnesium aluminum silicate

Section II. Composition and Information on Ingredients

Name CAS # % by Weight TLV/PEL

smectite clay opal CT titanium dioxide Proprietary ingredient (NJTSR No. 800983-5041P) quartz

12199-37-0 20243-18-9 13463-67-7

89-91 3-5 3 3 0.36

Not available. Not available. TWA 5 mg/m³ from respirable fraction (OSHA) Not available. OSHA PEL: TWA respirable fraction formula: 10 mg/m3 / % SiO2 +2 ACGIH: TWA 0.05 mg/m3 from respirable fraction TWA: 15 mg/m3 total dust 5 mg/m3 respirable dust (OSHA) As particles not otherwise regulated (PNOR).


Total Product

Section III. Hazards Identification

Emergency Overview

Not an acute hazard. Contains quartz. May cause mechanical eye or skin irritation in high concentrations. As with all mineral spills, minimize dusting during clean-up. Do not breathe dust. Prolonged inhalation may cause lung injury. Product can become slippery when wet. Pulmonary System (chronic risk).

Target Organs

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VEEGUM® ULTRA GRANULES Section IV. First Aid Measures

Eye Contact Skin Contact

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Flush with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. If irritation develops, wash the contaminated skin with running water and non-abrasive soap. If irritation persists, seek medical attention. Wash contaminated clothing before reusing. If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention. Unlikely to be toxic by ingestion.



Section V. Fire and Explosion Data

Flammability of the Product Auto-Ignition Temperature Flash Points Flammable Limits Products of Combustion Fire Hazards in Presence of Various Substances

Non-flammable. Not applicable. Not applicable. Not applicable. Not available. Not considered to be flammable according to our data base.

Explosion Hazards in Presence None. of Various Substances Fire Fighting Media and Instructions Special Remarks on Fire Hazards

Product will not burn, use appropriate extinguishing media for surrounding fires.

Not available.

Special Remarks on Explosion Not available. Hazards

Section VI. Accidental Release Measures

Small Spill Large Spill

Use a vacuum to clean up spillage. If appropriate, use gentle water spray to wet down and minimize dust generation. Place in a sealed container. Material will become slippery when wet. Use a shovel to put the material into a convenient waste disposal container. Finish cleaning by spreading water on the contaminated surface and dispose of according to local and regional authority requirements. Avoid excessive dust generation. Use respiratory protection in high dust condition.

Section VII. Handling and Storage

Handling and Storage Procedures

Avoid generating dust. Use respiratory protection in the absence of adequate engineering controls. Keep containers closed when not in use. Clean up spills promptly (see spill procedure).

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VEEGUM® ULTRA GRANULES Section VIII. Exposure Controls/Personal Protection

Engineering Controls

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Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants below the exposure limit. Under controlled laboratory test conditions the granular particulate form of this product was found to produce a 3 fold reduction in airborne respirable dust (<10 microns) when compared to flake particulate forms of the same product. Use in an industrial setting is likely to yield similar aerosol dust suppression. As per sound industrial hygiene practice, however, dust levels should be determined by direct dust monitoring at the work site to address variations in material handling and dust control practices. If local exhaust ventilation is used, a capture velocity of 150-200 fpm is recommended.

Personal Protection

Splash goggles. Dust respirator. Be sure to use a MSHA/NIOSH approved respirator or equivalent. No special skin protection should be required. However, if irritation is experienced, use gloves and/or other skin covering.

Section IX. Physical and Chemical Properties

Appearance Molecular Weight pH Melting/ Sublimation Point Specific Gravity Volatility Odor Solubility

White granules. Not available. 4.7 Not available. 2.6 (Water = 1) Non-volatile. None. Insoluble in cold water.

Section X. Stability and Reactivity Data

Stability Instability Temperature Conditions of Instability Incompatibility with Various Substances Corrosivity

The product is stable. Not applicable. Not available. Not reactive in general. Avoid powerful oxidizing agents such as flourine, chlorine trifluoride, manganese triocide and oxygen diflouride. Not available.

Section XI. Toxicological Information

Routes of Entry Acute Effects Eye contact Skin contact

Ingestion. Inhalation.

Mildly irritating to the eyes (mechanical). Possible mechanical skin irritant (moderate).

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Sensitization Ingestion Inhalation

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Not a sensitizer. Not an ingestion hazard. Inhalation of high concentrations may cause mechanical irritation and discomfort.


No additional remark.

Chronic Effects



CRYSTALLINE SILICA: Overexposure to respirable crystalline silica dust can cause silicosis, a form of progressive pulmonary fibrosis. "Inhalable" crystalline silica (quartz) is listed by IARC as a Group I carcinogen (lung) based on "sufficient evidence" in occupationally exposed humans and sufficient evidence in animals. Crystalline silica is also listed by the NTP as a known human carcinogen. Some studies have not demonstrated a cancer association and considerable controversy exists concerning the IARC and NTP classification. Excessive exposure to any dust may aggravate pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Section XII. Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity BOD5 and COD Products of Biodegradation Toxicity of the Products of Biodegradation Special Remarks on the Products of Biodegradation

None known. Not available. None known. None known.

Not available.

Section XIII. Disposal Considerations

Waste Information

Not a US RCRA hazardous waste. Dispose of in accordance to local regulations.

Section XIV. Transport Information


Not a DOT controlled material (United States).

Not applicable.

Maritime Transportation

Not available.

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Section XV. Other Regulatory Information and Pictograms

TSCA Federal and State Regulations

Listed. OSHA: Hazardous by definition of Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200). California Prop. 65: This product contains the following ingredients for which the State of California has found to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, which would require a warning under the statute: quartz Pennsylvania RTK: titanium dioxide; quartz: (generic environmental hazard) Florida: quartz Minnesota: titanium dioxide; quartz Massachusetts RTK: titanium dioxide; quartz New Jersey: quartz TSCA 8(b) inventory: VEEGUM® ULTRA GRANULES SARA 302/304/311/312 hazardous chemicals: quartz SARA 311/312 MSDS distribution - chemical inventory - hazard identification: quartz: immediate health hazard, delayed health hazard

Hazardous Material Information System (U.S.A.)

Health Hazard Fire Hazard Reactivity Personal Protection * Chronic Potential


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National Fire Protection Association (U.S.A.)


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Flammability Reactivity Specific hazard

Protective Clothing (Pictograms)

Section XVI. Other Information

References Other Special Considerations

Not available. Not available.

Validated by Sue Kelly on 7/5/2002.

Verified by Sue Kelly. Printed 7/5/2002.

Information Contact

Notice to Reader

John Kelse (203) 853-1400 ext. 217 Corporate Risk Management

Information presented herein has been compiled from sources considered to be dependable and is accurate and reliable to the best of our knowledge and belief but is not guaranteed to be so. Nothing herein is to be construed as recommending any practice or any product in violation of any patent or in violation of any law or regulation. It is the user's responsibility to determine for himself the suitability of any material for a specific purpose and to adopt such safety precautions as may be necessary. We make no warranty as to the results to be obtained in using any material and, since conditions of use are not under our control, we must necessarily disclaim all liability with respect to the use of any material supplied by us.


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