Ethylenebisdithiocarbamic acid

  • Ethylenebis[dithiocarbamic acid]
  • 1,2-Ethanediylbiscarbamodithioic acid
  • EBD
Formula
C4H8N2S4
Structure
Uses
Heavy metal salts of ethylene-bis-dithiocarbamate have been developed as fungicides.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
111-54-6
UN (DOT)
2771
Beilstein/Gmelin
1772091
Beilstein Reference
4-04-00-01224
RCRA
U114
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed

Properties.
Formula
C4H8N2S4
Formula mass
212.38
Boiling point, °C
351
Solubility in water
Very soluble
pKa/pKb
2.65 (pKa)
Partition coefficient, pKow
-2.70

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Keep in a cool, dry, dark location in a tightly sealed container or cylinder. Keep away from incompatible materials, ignition sources and untrained individuals. Secure and label area. Protect containers/cylinders from physical damage.
Handling
All chemicals should be considered hazardous. Avoid direct physical contact. Use appropriate, approved safety equipment. Untrained individuals should not handle this chemical or its container. Handling should occur in a chemical fume hood.
Protection
Wear appropriate protective gloves, clothing and goggles.
Respirators
Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Small spills/leaks
Do not touch damaged containers or spilled material unless wearing appropriate protective clothing. Stop leak if you can do it without risk. Cover with plastic sheet to prevent spreading. Absorb or cover with dry earth, sand or other non-combustible material and transfer to containers. DO NOT GET WATER INSIDE CONTAINERS.
Stability
No data.
Incompatibilities
Incompatible with acids, peroxides, and acid halides.

Fire.
Fire fighting
Use method most appropriate to fight surrounding fire.
Fire potential
Non-Combustible
Combustion products
Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.

Health.
Exposure effects
Exposure to thiram or mbdt-carb (based on animal studies) may cause weakness, ataxia, ascending paralysis and hypothermia. Peripheral neuropathy (pain, numbness and weakness of the extremities) has been noted following exposure to thiuram (the ethyl analog of thiram). No adverse reproductive effects (testicular parameters) in male mice were observed following methyl thiophanate doses up to 1000 mg/kg orally for 5 consecutive days (Traina et al, 1998). Maternal toxicity was evident in female rats.
   Ingestion
Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea may occur.
   Inhalation
Respiratory failure, requiring ventilatory support, has been reported following ingestions.
   Skin
Exposure to dusts, sprays, solutions, wettable powder suspensions or emulsions of these agents may lead to skin and mucous membrane irritation.
   Eyes
See Inhalation.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Ipecac induced vomiting is not recommended because of the potential for cns depression and seizures. Consider after ingestion of a potentially life-threatening amount of poison if it can be performed soon after ingestion (generally within 1 hour). Activated charcoal: administer charcoal as a slurry (240 ml water/30 g charcoal). Usual dose: 25 to 100 g in adults/adolescents. Intravenous fluids may be useful in restoring extracellular fluid volume following severe vomiting and diarrhea. Oxygen therapy is effective in relieving the distress of antabuse-like reactions rarely associated with exposure to thiram and possibly the mbdt-carb compounds. No specific antidotes are available for poisoning by these compounds. Activated charcoal: administer charcoal as a slurry (240 ml water/30 g charcoal). Usual dose: 25 to 100 g in adults/adolescents.
   Inhalation
Move patient to fresh air. Monitor for respiratory distress. If cough or difficulty breathing develops, evaluate for respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis, or pneumonitis. Administer oxygen and assist ventilation as required. Treat bronchospasm with beta2 agonist and corticosteroid aerosols.
   Skin
Remove contaminated clothing and wash exposed area thoroughly with soap and water. A physician should examine the area if irritation or pain persists.
   Eyes
Immediately flush with running water for at least 20 minutes.

Transport.
UN number
2771
Response guide
Hazard class
6.1
Packing Group
I; II; III
 
USCG CHRIS Code
EDM