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					MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET 1. CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION
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Material Name Octadecanoic acid

CAS NO. 57-11-4 Stearic Acid / T-7

EINECS NO. 2003134

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Synonyms/Trade Names:

Company Identification: The Procter & Gamble Company Procter & Gamble Chemicals Sharon Woods Technical Center 11530 Reed Hartman Highway Cincinnati, Ohio 45241 Manufacturer: Twin Rivers Technologies, L.P. 780 Washington Street Quincy, MA 02169 24 Hour No. 617-472-9200 P&G Ltd. - Brooklands, England: CHEMTREC Tel 01932-896000 (day phone) Emergency 0191-279-2000 (day phone) 1-800-424-9300 U.S. and Canada 1-703-527-3887 For calls originating elsewhere Call Customer Service 1-800-477-8899 or 513-626-6882

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Emergency Phone Number:

For Quality or Service Issues:

• Date: January 24, 2001 ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. COMPOSITION & INGREDIENTS

CHEMICAL NAME hexadecanoic acid octadecanoic acid

% 30 65

CAS NO. 57-10-3 57-11-4

EXPOSURE LIMIT Not established Not established

HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS - WHMIS This product when tested as a whole is not a controlled substance within the meaning of the Hazardous Products Act. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ 3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION
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Emergency Overview:

Potential combustible dust if flaked or powdered. Dust generated from flaked product will be combustible at sufficient concentration.

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3. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION - CONTINUED
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Potential Health Effects: Eye Skin Accidental exposure to the eyes will cause only a mild but transient irritation. Mild, primary skin irritation with prolonged or repeated contact. Heated product may cause thermal burns if contacted. Not applicable at ambient temperature. May elicit transient pulmonary irritation if inhaled. May cause irritation of gastrointestinal tract.

Inhalation Ingestion -

If product is heated, vaporization can occur. Eye, skin, and upper respiratory irritation may occur.
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Physical/Chemical Hazards:

Potential combustible dust if flaked or powdered. Dust generated from flaked product will be combustible at sufficient concentration.

• Environmental Hazards: None identified ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ 4. FIRST AID MEASURES • • • •

Eye -

In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Get medical attention. Wash skin with soap and water upon contact. Remove contaminated clothing. If irritation develops, get medical attention. Wash clothing before reuse. Avoid breathing dust. If inhaled, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical attention immediately

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Inhalation -

If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 5. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
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Ingestion -

Extinguishing Media:

SMALL FIRES: Use CO2 or dry chemical. LARGE FIRES: Use foam. Do not use water as an extinguishing media.

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Flash Point: >300° F (>149° C) PMCC Explosive Limits in air: Not determined Auto-ignition temperature: Not determined Other Fire Fighting Considerations: Wear self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out. Potential combustible dust if flaked or powdered. Dust generated from flaked product will be combustible at sufficient concentration.

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6. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES
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Personal Precautions:

An appropriate NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator should be used if a mist, vapor or dust is generated. Wear suitable gloves and eye/face protection. Do not touch damaged containers or spilled material unless wearing appropriate protective clothing. Minimize contamination of drains, surface and ground waters.

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Environmental Precautions:

Sweep or shovel solids. For liquid spills, neutralization is not required. Contain spill. Absorb or cover with dry earth, sand or other noncombustible material and transfer to containers for disposal. Dispose as any grease or oily material in compliance with Federal, State, and/or Local requirements. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 7. HANDLING AND STORAGE
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Procedures for Spill/Leak Clean-up:

Handling:

Handle in accordance with good hygiene and safety procedures. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Wash thoroughly after handling. Since empty containers contain product residue, follow all hazard warnings and precautions even after container is emptied. Keep away from sources of ignition.

Keep away from possible contact with incompatible substances. Store in acid resistant vessels such as stainless steel, aluminum, or steel coated with resin lining such as Lithcote LC-19 or Kanigen. Do not store near sources of ignition. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS, PERSONAL PROTECTION
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Storage:

General Precautions:

Good industrial hygiene should be followed. Avoid breathing (heated) vapors. Ventilation: Local exhaust - preferred Mechanical - may be necessary if working at elevated temperatures or in enclosed areas.

Engineering Controls:

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Personal Protective Equipment: Eye - Goggles or face shield with goggles, dependent upon potential exposure Skin - Protective gloves: Rubber or plastic Dependent upon degree of potential exposure, additional personal protective equipment may be required, such as chemical boots and full protective clothing. Inhalation - None required for ambient temperature, although an appropriate NIOSH/MSHA approved air-purifying respirator should be used if a mist, vapor or dust is generated. A NIOSH/MSHA approved self-contained breathing apparatus or air-supplied respirator is recommended if the concentration exceeds the capacity of cartridge respirator. WARNING: Air purifying respirators do not protect workers in oxygendeficient atmospheres.

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8. EXPOSURE CONTROLS, PERSONAL PROTECTION - CONTINUED
• Other Controls: Eye bath, safety shower, apron, protective clothing. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 9. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Physical State @ 72° F (22° C): Solid Color: Water white to yellowish Odor: Musty, fatty Volatility by volume (%): Not known Specific Gravity (H2O=1): ~0.84 @ 75/25° C Auto ignition temperature: Not determined

Melting Point: Not determined Boiling Point: 333-361° F (167-183° C) @ 760 mm Hg Solubility in Water: Negligible @ 72° F (22° C) Vapor Pressure: 430° F (221° C) @ 10 mm Hg Evaporation Rate (nBuOAc=1): Not known Vapor Density (AIR=1): Not known

Explosive Limits: Not known Flash Point & Method: >300° F (>149° C) PMCC ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ Stable under normal operational conditions. 10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
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Possible Hazardous Reactions/Conditions: Materials to avoid: Hazardous decomposition products:

None identified Strong oxidizing agents. Does not decompose up to 400° F (204° C).

• Hazardous polymerization: Will not occur ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION Acute toxicity Oral LD50, rat: >2 g/kg Skin irritation, rabbit: Not irritating Eye irritation, rabbit: Not irritating Skin sensitization: No sensitization reactions ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION Degradability: Readily biodegradable (according to the Modified Sturm Test)

Ecotoxicity LC50, fish - 96 hours: EC50, Pseudomonas putida: >100mg/l >100 mg/l

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13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS Waste disposal method: Contaminated packaging:

Recycle where possible. Incinerate according to local regulations Observe local regulations.

Dispose of according to Federal, State, and/or Local requirements. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION U.S. DOT: Not regulated for transport Not classified in RID/ADR - ADNR - IMDG - ICAO/IATA - DGR ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 15. ADDITIONAL REGULATORY INFORMATION INVENTORY STATUS: Octadecanoic acid TSCA, EINECS, DSL, AUSTRALIA, KOREA, ENCS, PHILIPPINES, CHINA

EU Classification: This product is not dangerous according to the 67/548/EEC - 88/379/EEC EU regulations. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________ 16. OTHER INFORMATION Literature references: Acute toxicity and irritation studies on a series of fatty acids. J. Am. Oil Chem. Soc., 56(1979), p. 760AFinal report of the safety assessment for oleic acid, lauric acid, palmitic acid, myristic acid, stearic acid. CTFA, 1987. This product safety data sheet was prepared in compliance with 93/112/EC. DISCLAIMER: This MSDS is intended to provide a brief summary of our knowledge and guidance regarding the use of this material. It is not meant to be an all-inclusive document on worldwide hazard communication regulations. All P&G operations must comply with applicable local and national MSDS/Hazard Communication Regulations. This information is offered in good faith. Each user of this material needs to evaluate the conditions of use and design the appropriate protective mechanisms to prevent employee exposures, property damage or release to the environment.


				
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