Material Safety Data Sheet

ACC# 23930
Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification

MSDS Name: Triethanolamine
Catalog Numbers: AC139560000, AC139560025, AC139560200, AC139560250, AC421630000, AC421630010, AC421630025, AC421631000, AC421632500, 13956-0010, NC9386121, NC9579386, T350-4, T350-500, T407-1, T407-4, T407-500
TEA; 2,2',2''-Nitrilotriethanol; 2,2',2''-Trihydroxytriethylamine; Tri(2-hydroxyethyl)amine.
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              Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients

CAS# Chemical Name Percent EINECS/ELINCS
102-71-6 Triethanolamine 97 203-049-8

Section 3 - Hazards Identification


Appearance: colorless to pale yellow solid or liquid.
Warning! Causes eye irritation. May cause liver and kidney damage. May cause dermatitis. Corrosive to metal.
Target Organs: Kidneys, liver, eyes, skin.

Potential Health Effects
Eye: Causes eye irritation.
Skin: May cause skin irritation. Prolonged and/or repeated contact may cause irritation and/or dermatitis. Causes redness and pain. 100% triethanolamine was required to produce an irritant reaction in nonscarified skin. The highest non-irritant concentration was reported to be 50% triethanolamine. (ICI Chemicals & Polymers Limited)
Ingestion: May cause gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Inhalation: May cause respiratory tract irritation. Inhalation of vapors will cause coughing or breathing difficulty. Inhalation of vapor from heated material or mist may cause irritation of the respiratory tract, experienced as nasal discomfort and discharge, with chest pain and coughing.
Chronic: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause dermatitis. May cause liver and kidney damage. Oral and dermal aministration of triethanolamine to laboratory animals produced liver, kidney, and nerve damage (scattered degeneration in the myelin sheath of individual

Section 4 - First Aid Measures

Eyes: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical aid.
Skin: Get medical aid. Immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes.
Ingestion: Get medical aid immediately. Do NOT induce vomiting. If conscious and alert, rinse mouth and drink 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water.
Inhalation: Remove from exposure and move to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical aid.
Notes to Physician: Treat symptomatically and supportively.

Section 5 - Fire Fighting Measures

General Information: As in any fire, wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion. Use water spray to keep fire-exposed containers cool.
Extinguishing Media: Use water spray, dry chemical, carbon dioxide, or chemical foam.
Flash Point: 179 deg C ( 354.20 deg F)
Autoignition Temperature: 315 deg C ( 599.00 deg F)
Explosion Limits, Lower:1.3
Upper: 8.5
NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 2; Flammability: 1; Instability: 1

Section 6 - Accidental Release Measures

General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated in Section 8.
Spills/Leaks: Absorb spill with inert material (e.g. vermiculite, sand or earth), then place in suitable container. Clean up spills immediately, observing precautions in the Protective Equipment section. Do not let this chemical enter the environment.

Section 7 - Handling and Storage

Handling: Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Avoid ingestion and inhalation.
Storage: Keep container closed when not in use. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. Do not store in aluminum containers. Store protected from moisture. Store protected from light and air. Store protected from light.

Section 8 - Exposure Controls, Personal Protection

Engineering Controls: Facilities storing or utilizing this material should be equipped with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Use adequate ventilation to keep airborne concentrations low.
Exposure Limits
Chemical Name ACGIH NIOSH OSHA - Final PELs
Triethanolamine 5 mg/m3 TWA none listed none listed

OSHA Vacated PELs: Triethanolamine: No OSHA Vacated PELs are listed for this chemical.
Personal Protective Equipment
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 prevent skin exposure.
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 respirator use.

Section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical State: Solid or liquid
Appearance: viscous - colorless to pale yellow
Odor: ammonia-like - weak odor
pH: 10.5 (15 g/l H2O)
Vapor Pressure: 3.59E-006 mm Hg @ 25 deg C
Vapor Density: 5.14 (air=1)
Evaporation Rate:Not available.
Viscosity: 601 cps @ 25 deg C
Boiling Point: 335 deg C
Freezing/Melting Point:21 deg C
Decomposition Temperature:> 325 deg C
Solubility: Soluble.
Specific Gravity/Density:1.125
Molecular Formula:(HOCH2CH2)3N
Molecular Weight:149.19

Section 10 - Stability and Reactivity

Chemical Stability: Air sensitive. Moisture sensitive. Light sensitive. Hygroscopic: absorbs moisture or water from the air.
Conditions to Avoid: Light, moisture, exposure to air, excess heat.
Incompatibilities with Other Materials: Strong oxidizing agents, strong acids, aluminum, copper, copper alloys, zinc.
Hazardous Decomposition Products: Nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.

Section 11 - Toxicological Information

CAS# 102-71-6: KL9275000
CAS# 102-71-6:
     Draize test, rabbit, eye: 20 mg Severe;
     Draize test, rabbit, eye: 10 mg Mild;
     Draize test, rabbit, skin: 560 mg/24H Mild;
     Oral, mouse: LD50 = 5846 mg/kg;
     Oral, rabbit: LD50 = 2200 mg/kg;
     Oral, rat: LD50 = 4920 uL/kg;
     Skin, rabbit: LD50 = >20 mL/kg;
     Skin, rat: LD50 = >16 mL/kg;

CAS# 102-71-6: Not listed by ACGIH, IARC, NTP, or CA Prop 65.

Epidemiology: Tumorigenic effects have been reported in experimental animals.
Teratogenicity: No information found
Reproductive Effects: No information found
Mutagenicity: Mutations in Human Cells = 100 umol/L.
Neurotoxicity: No information found
Other Studies:

Section 12 - Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity: Fish: Fathead Minnow: 5600 mg/L; 96H; LC50 No data available.
Environmental: No information available.
Physical: No information available.
Other: Do not empty into drains.

Section 13 - Disposal Considerations

Chemical waste generators must determine whether a discarded chemical is classified as a hazardous waste. US EPA guidelines for the classification determination are listed in 40 CFR Parts 261.3. Additionally, waste generators must consult state and local hazardous waste regulations to ensure complete and accurate classification.
RCRA P-Series: None listed.
RCRA U-Series: None listed.

Section 14 - Transport Information

Hazard Class: 8 8
UN Number: UN3259 UN3259
Packing Group: III III

Section 15 - Regulatory Information


     CAS# 102-71-6 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
Health & Safety Reporting List
     CAS# 102-71-6: Effective 4/13/89, Sunset 12/19/95
Chemical Test Rules
     None of the chemicals in this product are under a Chemical Test Rule.
Section 12b
     None of the chemicals are listed under TSCA Section 12b.
TSCA Significant New Use Rule
     None of the chemicals in this material have a SNUR under TSCA.
CERCLA Hazardous Substances and corresponding RQs
     None of the chemicals in this material have an RQ.
SARA Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substances
     None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
SARA Codes
     CAS # 102-71-6: immediate.
Section 313      No chemicals are reportable under Section 313.
Clean Air Act:
     This material does not contain any hazardous air pollutants.
     This material does not contain any Class 1 Ozone depletors.
     This material does not contain any Class 2 Ozone depletors.
Clean Water Act:
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Hazardous Substances under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Priority Pollutants under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Toxic Pollutants under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are considered highly hazardous by OSHA.
     CAS# 102-71-6 can be found on the following state right to know lists: Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts.

California Prop 65

California No Significant Risk Level: None of the chemicals in this product are listed.

European/International Regulations

European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives
Hazard Symbols:
Risk Phrases:

     R 36 Irritating to eyes.

Safety Phrases:

     S 26 In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of
     water and seek medical advice.
     S 39 Wear eye/face protection.

WGK (Water Danger/Protection)

     CAS# 102-71-6: 1
Canada - DSL/NDSL
     CAS# 102-71-6 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
Canada - WHMIS
     This product has a WHMIS classification of D2B.
This product has been classified in accordance with the hazard criteria of the Controlled Products Regulations and the MSDS contains all of the information required by those regulations.
Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List
     CAS# 102-71-6 is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.

Section 16 - Additional Information

MSDS Creation Date: 5/04/1999
Revision #7 Date: 2/15/2008

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