Brake fluid, hydraulic

  • Brake fluid, automotive
Formula
Not applicable
Description
Brownish, yellow liquid with a mild odor. A b lend of glycol ethers and glycols. Other additives may be present. Properties will vary by manufacturer. Contact the manufacurer for a MSDS for the product of interest.
Uses
Fluid used for hydraulic braking systems.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
UN (DOT)
1118
Beilstein/Gmelin
NA

Properties.
Boiling point, °C
210 - 323
Density
1.03 - 1.05 g/cm3
Solubility in water
Miscible

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Store in a cool, dry, well ventilated area.
Handling
Keep away from heat and open flame. Keep container closed when not in use.
Protection
Goggles, coveralls and impervious gloves and boots.
Respirators
None normally required. NIOSH/MSHA approved vapor/mist respirator if needed.
Small spills/leaks
While using the appropriate protective equipment, add dry adsorbent to spill. Shovel or sweep up and place in an appropriate container and seal.
Stability
Stable at normal temperatures and pressures.
Incompatibilities
Strong oxidizers, high oxygen concentrations, corrosives, peroxides.
Decomposition
Oxides of carbon, oxygenated hydrocarbons.

Fire.
Flash Point,°C
108 - 138
Autoignition, °C
310
Fire fighting
Use NIOSH/MSHA approved, positive pressure SCBA. Extinguish with water spray, dry chemical, foam or carbon dioxide. Water spray should be used to cool fire exposed containers and to disperse unignited vapors.
Fire potential
Tread as class IIIB combustible liquid.

Health.
Exposure effects
   Ingestion
Toxic by ingestion. Lethargy and nausea.
   Inhalation
Unlikely route of exposure. Mist may cause irritation.
   Skin
May cause irritation.
   Eyes
Causes moderate to severe irritation of eyes and mucous membranes. Transient corneal injury.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Drink water to dilute. Seek immediate medical attention.
   Inhalation
Unlikely. CPR or oxygen if needed.
   Skin
Wash with soap and water.
   Eyes
Flush with water for 15 minutes and seek medical attention.

Transport.
UN number
1118
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