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Guidance on Safe Use

Guidance on Safe Use

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First-aid measures

4.1 Description of first aid measures

General advice

      :       Move out of dangerous area.

Consult a physician.

Show this safety data sheet to the doctor in attendance.

Symptoms of poisoning may appear several hours later.

Do not leave the victim unattended.

If inhaled

      :       Call a physician or poison control centre immediately.

Move to fresh air.

If unconscious, place in recovery position and get medical attention immediately.

In case of skin contact

      :       If on skin, rinse well with water.

If on clothes, remove clothes.

If symptoms persist, call a physician.

Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.

In case of eye contact

      :       Remove contact lenses.

In the case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.

Protect unharmed eye.

Keep eye wide open while rinsing.

If swallowed

      :       Keep respiratory tract clear.

Do not give milk or alcoholic beverages.

Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.

Take victim immediately to hospital.

4.2 Most important symptoms and effects, both acute and delayed

Symptoms       :

Skin contact may provoke the following symptoms:

Allergic reactions

Inhalation may provoke the following symptoms:

Shortness of breath


Ingestion may provoke the following symptoms:

Stomach/intestinal disorders

In case of eye contact

Excessive lachrymation

Fire-fighting measures

5.1 Extinguishing media

Suitable extinguishing media

      :       Use extinguishing measures that are appropriate to local cir-cumstances and the surrounding environment.

Unsuitable extinguishing media

      :       High volume water jet

5.2 Special hazards arising from the substance or mixture

Specific hazards during fire-fighting

      :       Do not allow run-off from fire fighting to enter drains or water courses.

Hazardous combustion products

      :       Cobalt compounds

5.3 Advice for firefighters

Special protective equipment for firefighters

      :       Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for firefighting if necessary.

Further information

      :       Collect contaminated fire extinguishing water separately. This must not be discharged into drains.

Fire residues and contaminated fire extinguishing water must be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

Accidental release measures

6.1 Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures

Personal precautions


Use personal protective equipment.

Avoid dust formation.

Avoid breathing dust.

Ensure adequate ventilation.

Evacuate personnel to safe areas.

6.2 Environmental precautions

Environmental precautions

      :       Prevent product from entering drains.

Prevent further leakage or spillage if safe to do so.

If the product contaminates rivers and lakes or drains inform respective authorities.

6.3 Methods and material for containment and cleaning up

Methods for cleaning up

      :       Wipe up with absorbent material (e.g. cloth, fleece).

Handling and storage

7.1 Precautions for safe handling

Advice on safe handling

      :       Avoid formation of respirable particles.

Do not breathe vapours/dust.

Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.

Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

For personal protection see section 8.

Smoking, eating and drinking should be prohibited in the ap-plication area.

Provide sufficient air exchange and/or exhaust in work rooms.

Persons susceptible to skin sensitisation problems or asth-ma, allergies, chronic or recurrent respiratory disease should not be employed in any process in which this mixture is being used.

Advice on protection against fire and explosion

      :       Provide appropriate exhaust ventilation at places where dust is formed.

Hygiene measures

      :       Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing. General industrial hygiene practice. Wash hands before breaks and immediately after handling the product.

7.2 Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities

Requirements for storage areas and containers

      :       Prevent unauthorized access. Keep container tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. Containers which are opened must be carefully resealed and kept upright to prevent leak-age. Electrical installations / working materials must comply with the technological safety standards. To maintain product quality, do not store in heat or direct sunlight.

Further information on stor-age stability

      :       Keep in a dry place.

No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.

7.3 Specific end use(s)

Transport information

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Exposure controls / personal protection

8.1 Control parameters

Contains no substances with occupational exposure limit values.

Biological occupational exposure limits

Substance name       CAS-No.       Control parameters       Sampling time       Basis

cobalt hydroxide


Cobalt (Cobalt): 15 µg/l

(Urine)       End of shift at end of workweek       ACGIH BEI

             Cobalt (Cobalt):

(Urine)       End of shift at end of workweek       ACGIH BEI

8.2 Exposure controls

Engineering measures

Handle only in a place equipped with local exhaust (or other appropriate exhaust).

Personal protective equipment

Eye protection

:       Wear safety glasses with side shields or goggles.

Hand protection

Material       :       Nitrile rubber

Break through time       :       > 480 min

Glove thickness       :       0,12 mm

Material       :       PVC

Break through time       :       > 480 min

Glove thickness       :       1,1 mm

Material       :       Neoprene

Break through time       :       > 480 min

Glove thickness       :       0,35 mm

Glove length       :       Long sleeve gloves

Skin and body protection

:       Dust impervious protective suit

      Footwear protecting against chemicals

Respiratory protection       :       Suitable mask with particle filter P3 (European Norm 143)

             In the case of dust or aerosol formation use respirator with an approved filter.

When workers are facing concentrations above the exposure limit they must use appropriate certified respirators.

Stability and reactivity

10.1 Reactivity

Stable at normal ambient temperature and pressure.

10.2 Chemical stability

No decomposition if stored and applied as directed.

10.3 Possibility of hazardous reactions

Hazardous reactions

      :       Stable under recommended storage conditions.

10.4 Conditions to avoid

Conditions to avoid

      :       None known.

10.5 Incompatible materials

Materials to avoid

      :       None known.

10.6 Hazardous decomposition products

No decomposition if used as directed.

No decomposition if stored and applied as directed

Disposal considerations

13.1 Waste treatment methods

Product       :       The product should not be allowed to enter drains, water courses or the soil.

Do not contaminate ponds, waterways or ditches with chemi-cal or used container.

Send to a licensed waste management company.

Dispose of as hazardous waste in compliance with local and national regulations.

             Dispose of in accordance with the European Directives on waste and hazardous waste.

According to the European Waste Catalogue, Waste Codes are not product specific, but application specific.

Waste codes should be assigned by the user, preferably in discussion with the waste disposal authorities.

Contaminated packaging       :       Empty remaining contents.

Dispose of contaminated packaging as if unused product.

Do not re-use empty containers.