Natural rubber

  • Caoutchouc
  • India rubber
  • Natural latex
  • Polyisoprene
Formula
Unspecified
Description
Nearly colorless and transparent in thin layers. Odorless.
Uses
Some of the many uses in which rubbers are employed include pneumatic tires and inner tubes, tubing and hose, rubber footware, inflatable and sectional seals, elastic thread and tape, rubbermetal bonded products, inflatable life-rafts and dinghies, chemically resistant tank linings, conveyor belting, foam cushioning for upholstery and bedding, floor coverings, proofed material for clothing, adhesives and solutions, washers, gaskets, diaphrams, floating bulk liquid containers and hose, tennis, squash and golf balls.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
9006-04-6
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
232-689-0
RTECS
VL8020000
RTECS class
Mutagen
UN (DOT)
1345
Beilstein/Gmelin
NA
Canada DSL/NDSL
DSL
Austrailia AICS
Listed
New Zealand
Listed
Korea ECL
Listed

Properties.
Formula mass
Varies
Density
0.906-0.916 g/cm3 (20 C)
Solubility in water
practically insoluble

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
Make no contact with the spilled material. ELIMINATE all ignition sources and ground all equipment. With clean shovel place material into clean, dry container and cover loosely; move containers from spill area.
Stability
Latex can be defined as a stable aqueous dispersion containing discrete polymer particles about 0.05 To 5 um in diameter.

Fire.
Fire fighting
Small Fires: Dry chemical, carbon dioxide, sand, earth, water spray or regular foam. Large Fires: Water spray, fog or regular foam.
Fire potential
A fire hazard when exposed to heat or flame.
Combustion products
Fire may produce irritating and/or toxic gases.

Health.
Exposure effects
The toxological properties of this substance have not been fully investigated.
   Skin
May cause burns.
   Eyes
See Skin.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Seek medical assistance.
   Inhalation
Although inhalation of common dust may not be considered toxic, it is certainly a hazard if there is inhalation of too many particles. Individuals should be removed from exposure to too high a concentration of even relatively non-toxic substances.
   Skin
Even though a substance may be considered non-toxic for the amount ingested or packaged, it should not be considered as non-toxic in any amounts. Even ingestions of various foodstuffs can cause adverse symptoms if large amounts are eaten (green apples, garlic, onion). The most important fact to remember is to treat the patient not the poison, especially when the diagnosis is unknown. Knowing that the product is listed as non-toxic helps avoid overtreating the patient or being over zealous in getting a patient to professional medical care. If there is a question of simultaneous ingestion of a product which may be more dangerous, the management on the more toxic agent should be consulted.
   Eyes
Foreign materials in the eye may not cause a toxic reaction, but injury from a foreign body may occur. In such cases, the patient should be observed for eye irritation and should seek medical assistance if the irritation becomes significant.

Transport.
UN number
1345
Response guide