Paraffin wax

  • Hydrocarbon wax
  • Petroleum wax
  • Hard Paraffin
Formula
Mixture
Description
White translucent tasteless odorless solids. A complex combination of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum fractions.
Uses
Used in candles, lubricants, crayons, floor polishes, cosmetics, chewing gum.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
8002-74-2
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
232-315-6
RTECS
RV0350000
RTECS class
Tumorigen; Primary Irritant
UN (DOT)
1325
Beilstein/Gmelin
NA
Swiss Giftliste 1
G-1283
Canada DSL/NDSL
DSL
US TSCA
Listed
Austrailia AICS
Listed
New Zealand
Listed
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed
Korea ECL
Listed

Properties.
Melting point, °C
47 - 65
Boiling point, °C
>370
Vapor pressure, mmHg
0.75 (20 C)
Density
0.88 - 0.92 g/cm3 (20 C)
Solubility in water
Insoluble
Surface tension
30.6 g/s2
Heat of combustion
-41.4 kJ/g

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Store in a tightly closed container. Refrigerator (approx 4 C). Store in a cool, dry area away from incompatible substances.
Handling
Wash hands before eating. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Use with adequate ventilation.
Protection
Eyes: Wear appropriate protective eyeglasses or chemical safety goggles as described by OSHA's eye and face protection regulations in 29 CFR 1910.133 or European Standard EN166. Skin: Wear appropriate protective gloves to prevent skin exposure. Clothing: Wear appropriate protective clothing to minimize contact with skin.
Respirators
A respiratory protection program that meets OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.134 and ANSI Z88.2 requirements or European Standard EN 149 must be followed whenever workplace conditions warrant a respirator's use.
Small spills/leaks
Sweep up, then place into a suitable container for disposal. Provide ventilation.
Disposal code
1
Stability
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Incompatibilities
Strong oxidizing agents.
Decomposition
Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, acrid smoke and fumes.

Fire.
Flash Point,°C
199
Autoignition, °C
245
Upper exp. limit, %
6.5
Lower exp. limit, %
0.6
Fire fighting
Use dry chemical, CO2, alcohol foam, or water spray. In fire conditions, fire-fighters should wear an appropriate mask or a self-containing breathing apparatus.Wash spill area with soap and water.
Fire potential
Flammable/combustible material. May be ignited by friction, heat, sparks or flames.
Combustion products
contact lenses. Immediately flush eyes with running water for at least 15 minutes, keeping Fire or excessive heat may produce hazardous decomposition products to be produced as dust or fume.
Health
0
 
Flammability
1
 
 
Reactivity
0
 

Health.
Poison_Class
-
Exposure effects
Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis.
   Ingestion
May cause irritation of the digestive tract. Low hazard for usual industrial handling.
   Inhalation
Low hazard for usual industrial handling. If heated, dust or fume may cause respiratory tract irritation. Inhalation of a mist of this material may cause respiratory tract irritation.
   Skin
Low hazard for usual industrial handling. Contact with heated material can cause skin burns and irritation.
   Eyes
May cause mild eye irritation.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Do NOT induce vomiting. If conscious and alert, rinse mouth and drink 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Get medical aid if irritation or symptoms occur.
   Inhalation
Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical aid if cough or other symptoms appear.
   Skin
Flush skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical aid if irritation develops or persists. Wash clothing before reuse.
   Eyes
Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. If irritation develops, get medical aid.

Transport.
UN number
1325
Response guide
Hazard class
4.1
Packing Group
II; III
 
USCG CHRIS Code
WPF
 
HS Code
2710 19 99
 
Std. Transport #
4914114
 
IMO Chemical Code
18
IMO Pollution Category
III