Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Printmaking: Workplace Health & Safety MSDS Mineral Turpentine

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In my last post I discussed the importance of knowing the safety standards for chemicals stored and used in your studio. Today I will continue to highlight aspects of the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Mineral Turpentine
Mineral Turpentine
Other names: Turpentine Substitute
Mineral Turpentine Ingredients: Hydrocarbon liquid distilling under 300 degrees Celsius 64742-88-7 >98%
Benzene 71-43-2 <0.5%
Health Hazard Information: 
Ingestion: Irritating. May cause symptoms of stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. Ingestion of large doses may cause unconsciousness. If vomiting occurs after ingestion, small droplets of the liquid may enter the lungs (aspiration) with the risk of chemical pneumonia being induced.
Eye: Irritating.
Skin: Mildly irritating. Contact with the product may defat and irritate the skin and contribute to dermatitis.
Inhalation: Product has low volatility so inhalation of hazardous quantities of vapour is unlikely to occur during normal use. However, if inhaled, vapours have anaesthetic properties and may cause headache, nausea and dizziness. Higher concentrations may cause unconsciousness and coma.
Chronic: Inhalation and ingestion are the routes of entry into the body. The product defats the skin and prolonged or repeated contact may contribute to dermatitis.
Advise to doctor: Because of the risk of aspiration, gastric lavage should only be undertaken after endotracheal incubation.
First Aid Procedures:
Ingestion: Never give an unconscious person anything to drink nor attempt to induce vomiting. Seek urgent medical advise
Eye: Hold eyelids open and rinse the eye continuously with a gentle stream of cleaning water for at least fifteen minutes. Seek medical attention.
Skin: Remove contaminated clothing and wash thoroughly with soap and water. Use water alone, if soap is unavailable. Apply a moisturising hand cream, if available. Seek medical attention if soreness or inflammation of the skin persists or develops.
Inhalation: Remove to fresh air. Keep warm and at rest. If breathing is laboured, hold in a half upright position (this assists respiration). Apply artificial respiration if breathing has stopped. Seek medical attention.
Precautions for Use
Engineering Control: Ventilation requirements depend on the quantity of product in use and the method of application> Work area should have good, mechanical ventilation. Local exhaust ventilation may be required if the product is sprayed.
Personal Protection: Requirements are dependant on working conditions, method of application and quantity of product in use. For minor use, safety goggles and PVC or natural rubber gloves may be sufficient. If large quantities are in use or if the product is being sprayed, chemical resistant safety goggles, gloves or gauntlets and overalls may be required. A half face respirator with organic solvents vapour filter may be required unless the are is well ventilated. If confined spaces use air supplied breathing apparatus. N.B. TAKE THE LIMITS OF ABSORPTION CAPACITY INTO ACCOUNT. CHANGE FILTERS REGULARLY.
Storage: Store in a flammables liquid area away from direct sunlight and below 25 degrees.
For a full safety report check the Materials Safety Data Sheet for the mineral turpentine currently in your studio. Remember to type the brand name as well as product name into a search engine to find the MSDS.

Happy Printmaking!
Jo Lankester 
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