Zinc formate

  • Formic acid, zinc salt
  • Zinc diformate
Formula
Zn(HCOO)2
Structure
Description
Zinc formate is a white crystalline solid.
Uses
Catalyst for prodn of methyl alcohol, water proofing agent, textiles, antiseptic.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
557-41-5
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
209-176-5
UN (DOT)
9159
Merck
12,10266
Beilstein/Gmelin
3688953
Beilstein Reference
4-02-00-00003
EPA OPP
87802
Canada DSL/NDSL
NDSL
US TSCA
Listed
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Listed

Properties.
Formula
2CHO2*Zn
Formula mass
155.43
Boiling point, °C
1500
Density
2.268 g/cm3 (20 C)
Solubility in water
37 g/L

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
Keep containers tightly closed in a well ventilated area away from food products. Keep away from heat and water.
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
Keep material out of water sources and sewers. Build dikes to contain flow as necessary. Land spill: Dig a pit, pond, lagoon, holding area to contain liquid or solid material. Cover solids with a plastic sheet to prevent dissolving in rain or fire fighting water. Water spill: Neutralize with agricultural lime (CaO), crushed limestone (CaCO3), or sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3). Add soda ash (Na2CO3). Adjust pH to neutral (pH=7). Use mechanical dredges or lifts to remove immobilized masses of pollutants and precipitates.
Stability
No data.
Incompatibilities
Reacts as bases to neutralize acids.

Fire.
Fire fighting
Extinguish fire using agent suitable for type of surrounding fire. (Material itself does not burn or burns with difficulty.)
Fire potential
May burn but does not ignite readily.
Hazards
Moderate hazard. May emit toxic fumes of zinc compounds.
Combustion products
Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.

Health.
Exposure effects
   Ingestion
Ingestion - zinc salts (especially zinc sulfate) produce gastritis ranging from a burning pain in the mouth and throat to intense gastric and substernal pain, strictures, violent vomiting, diarrhea, shock, and possible death.
   Inhalation
Inhalation of material may be harmful.
   Skin
Contact may cause burns.
   Eyes
See Skin.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Seek medical assistance.
   Inhalation
Aspirated zinc stearate may cause severe respiratory irritation.
   Skin
Wash with soap and water.
   Eyes
Wash with copious amounts of water.

Transport.
UN number
9159
Response guide
Hazard class
9
USCG CHRIS Code
ZFM
 
Std. Transport #
4962649