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RBW TECHNOLOGIES, INC. *
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET *
TEXT VERSION *
File: MSDS_20000.txt *
View with a non-proportional font (ie Courier New) 
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1. Product Identification
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Product Name:...........PVC Powder, Pellets, or Granules
Other Industry Names:...Polyvinyl Chloride

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2. Physical Data
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Boiling Point:........Not Applicable
Vapor Pressure:.......Not Applicable
Appearance and Odor:..Granules, color varies, characteristic odor
Percent Volatile:.....0.5%
Solubility in Water:..Nil (<0.1%)
Specific Gravity:.....Approx 1.4
Stability:............Stable

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3. Fire & Explosion Hazard Data
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Flash Point:............736 Deg F.
Autoignition Temp:......No Data Available
Lower Flammable Limit:..No Data Available
Upper Flammable Limit:..No Data Available

FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARD: May burn and evolve HCL, CO, CO2, and 
small amounts of organic and inorganic compounds. Water used to 
fight fire should be applied with caution since, depending upon 
polymer's temperature and molten condition, water could be 
immediately converted to scalding steam until adequately cooled. 
Ensure that firefighters are protected. Clear all other personnel 
from the area.

EXTINGUISHING MEDIA: CO2, Dry Chemical, Foam, or Water.

SPECIAL FIREFIGHTING PROCEDURES: Self-contained breathing 
apparatus and protective clothing should be worn to prevent skin 
and eye contact. Fight fire from a safe distance or protected 
location. For large fire, use lots of water as straight stream 
to "dig" into hot molten mass from outside to open it up. Cool 
interior/prevent reignition; spray/fog for surface cooling. 
Keep above burning material. Molten material forms flaming 
drops after igniting. Notify authorities if liquid enters 
sewer/public waters.

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4. Human Health Data
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INHALATION: Dust from this product may cause respiratory irritation 
following an excessive inhalation exposure. Follow exposure limits 
given below.

EYE CONTACT: Dust from this product may cause eye irritation.

SKIN ABSORPTION, SKIN IRRITATION: Skin exposure may result in 
mechanical irritation. 

CARCINOGENICITY: PVC resins contain trace amounts of Vinyl 
Chloride Monomer (VCM) which is a cancer suspect agent. 

SPECIAL HEALTH EFFECTS: This material or its emissions may 
aggravate pulmonary/bronchial disease and/or cause breathing 
difficulty. 

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS: SOURCE DATE TYPE VALUE/UNITS TIME SKIN

Nuisance Particulates: ACGIH 1992 TWA 10MG/M3 8 HRS No

Particulates Not Otherwise: OSHA 1989 TWA 15MG/M3 8 HRS No
Regulated (Total Dust)

Particulates Not Otherwise: OSHA 1989 TWA 5MG/M3 8 HRS No
Regulated (Respirable Fraction)

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5. Preventative Measures
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RESPIRATORY: If exposure exceeds the PEL/TLV for nuisance 
particulate, use NIOSH/MSHA approved respiratory protection.

EYE: Dust service goggles should be worn to prevent mechanical 
injury or other irritation to eyes due to airborne particles 
which may result from handling this product.

SKIN: Cover skin with protective clothing to prevent exposure. 
Practice good personal hygiene. Wash hands and other exposed 
areas with mild soap and water before eating, drinking, smoking, and 
when leaving work.

OTHER HYGIENIC PRACTICES: Use good personal hygiene practices. 
Wash hands before eating, drinking, smoking, or using toilet. 
Promptly remove soiled clothing and wash thoroughly before reuse. 
Shower after work using plenty of soap and water.

ENGINEERING CONTROLS: If handling results in dust generation or 
high temperatures, local exhaust ventilation should be provided to 
insure that exposure to dust or decomposition products does not 
exceed the PEL/TLV recommended levels.

OTHER WORK PRACTICES: Spilled material should be swept up and 
disposed of in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. 

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6. Emergency and First Aid Procedures
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INHALATION: If overcome by exposure, remove victim to fresh air 
immediately. Give oxygen or artificial respiration as needed. 
Obtain emergency medical attention. Prompt action is essential.

EYE CONTACT: In case of eye contact with solid material, immediately 
rinse with clean water for 20-30 minutes. Retract eyelids often. 
Obtain emergency medical attention if pain, blinking, tears, or redness 
persist. 

SKIN CONTACT: Wash with mild soap and water. If irritation develops, 
consult a physician.

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7. Environmental and Regulatory Data
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PRECAUTIONS IF MATERIAL IS SPILLED OR RELEASED: Potential dust 
explosion hazard from airborne release. Avoid making dust. 
Evacuate or limit access. Equip responders with proper protection 
(see Section 5, Preventative Measures). Extinguish all ignition 
sources. Stop release. Notify fire and/or environmental 
authorities. On land, sweep/shovel into suitable disposal 
containers. On water, material sinks and is insoluble. 
Contain and collect as for any solid. Report per regulatory 
requirements. 

WASTE DISPOSAL METHODS: Comply with federal, state, and local 
regulations for solid waste disposal. Contaminated product, soil, 
or water should not be designated a RCRA hazardous waste unless 
contaminated with other materials.

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8. Preparation Information 
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Prepared By: RBW Technologies, Inc.
433 Hartmann Rd Evans City, PA 16033
Ph 724-452-8440 Fax 724-452-0810
www.rbw.com email: H&S@rbw.com
Prepared: 2/16/96 Updated: 2/1/01
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