Material Safety Data Sheet

  Ashland Chemical Co.                         Date Prepared: 09/17/98      
                                               Date Printed:  06/21/99      
                                               MSDS No: 301.0004700-001.001I 
  METHYL PARABEN NF/ FCC                                                    
                                                                            
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  1.   CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION                          
                                                                            
  Material Identity                                                         
  Product Name: METHYL PARABEN NF/ FCC                                      
  General or Generic ID: ESTER                                              
                                                                            
  Company                             Emergency Telephone Number:           
       Ashland Chemical Co.               1-800-ASHLAND  (1-800-274-5263)   
       P.O. Box 2219                      24 hours everyday                 
       Columbus, OH 43216                                                   
       614-790-3333                       Regulatory Information Number:    
                                          1-800-325-3751                    
                                                                            
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  2.   COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS                               
                                                                            
  Ingredient(s)                                CAS Number    % (by weight)  
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  METHYL PARABEN                                     99-76-3     100.0      
                                                                            
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  3.   HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION                                               
                                                                            
  Potential Health Effects                                                  
                                                                            
  Eye                                                                       
       Dust can cause eye irritation.  Symptoms include stinging,           
       tearing, redness, and swelling of eyes.                              
                                                                            
  Skin                                                                      
       May cause skin irritation.  Symptoms may include redness, burning,   
       and swelling of skin.                                                
                                                                            
  Swallowing                                                                
       Swallowing small amounts of this material during normal handling     
       is not likely to cause harmful effects.  Swallowing large amounts    
       may be harmful.                                                      
                                                                            
  Inhalation                                                                
       This material is a dust or may produce dust.  Breathing small        
       amounts of this material during normal handling is not likely to     
       cause harmful effects.  Breathing large amounts may be harmful.      
                                                                            
  Symptoms of Exposure                                                      
       Signs and symptoms of exposure to this material through breathing,   
       swallowing, and/or passage of the material through the skin may      
       include:  mouth and throat irritation (soreness, dry or scratchy     
       feeling, cough), stomach or intestinal upset (nausea, vomiting,      
       diarrhea), irritation (nose, throat, airways).                       
                                                                            
  Target Organ Effects                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Developmental Information                                                 
       There are no data available for assessing risk to the fetus from     
       maternal exposure to this material.                                  
                                                                            
  Cancer Information                                                        
       There is no information available.  The chance of this material      
       causing cancer is unknown.  This material is not listed as a         
       carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the   
       National Toxicology Program, or the Occupational Safety and Health   
       Administration.                                                      
                                                                            
  Other Health Effects                                                      
       This material can form dust which may cause skin or mucous           
       membrane irritation.  Symptoms may include redness, burning, and     
       swelling.  Although they may cause respiratory tract irritation,     
       nuisance dusts do not form scar tissue or affect the structure of    
       air spaces in the lungs.  Their effects on the tissues are           
       potentially reversible.                                              
                                                                            
  Primary Route(s) of Entry                                                 
       Inhalation, Skin contact, Eye contact, Ingestion.                    
                                                                            
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  4.   FIRST AID MEASURES                                                   
                                                                            
  Eyes                                                                      
       If symptoms develop, immediately move individual away from           
       exposure and into fresh air.  Flush eyes gently with water for at    
       least 15 minutes while holding eyelids apart; seek immediate         
       medical attention.                                                   
                                                                            
  Skin                                                                      
       Remove contaminated clothing.  Wash exposed area with soap and       
       water.  If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.  Launder        
       clothing before reuse.                                               
                                                                            
  Swallowing                                                                
       Seek medical attention.  If individual is drowsy or unconscious,     
       do not give anything by mouth; place individual on the left side     
       with the head down.  Contact a physician, medical facility, or       
       poison control center for advice about whether to induce vomiting.   
       If possible, do not leave individual unattended.                     
                                                                            
  Inhalation                                                                
       If symptoms develop, move individual away from exposure and into     
       fresh air.  If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.  If         
       breathing is difficult, administer oxygen.  Keep person warm and     
       quiet; seek immediate medical attention.                             
                                                                            
  Note to Physicians                                                        
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
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  5.   FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES                                               
                                                                            
  Flash Point                                                               
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Explosive Limit                                                           
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Autoignition Temperature                                                  
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Hazardous Products of Combustion                                          
       May form:  carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, phenols, toxic        
       fumes.                                                               
                                                                            
  Fire and Explosion Hazards                                                
       Organic dusts can form explosive mixtures in air.                    
                                                                            
  Extinguishing Media                                                       
       regular foam, water fog, carbon dioxide, dry chemical, sand.         
                                                                            
  Fire Fighting Instructions                                                
       Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus with a full facepiece      
       operated in the positive pressure demand mode with appropriate       
       turn-out gear and chemical resistant personal protective             
       equipment.  Refer to the personal protective equipment section of    
       this MSDS.                                                           
                                                                            
  NFPA Rating                                                               
       Health - 1, Flammability - 1, Reactivity - 0                         
                                                                            
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  6.   ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES                                          
                                                                            
  Small Spill                                                               
       Sweep up material for disposal or recovery.                          
                                                                            
  Large Spill                                                               
       Shovel material into containers.  Thoroughly sweep area of spill     
       to clean up any residual material.  Persons not wearing protective   
       equipment should be excluded from area of spill until clean-up has   
       been completed.                                                      
                                                                            
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  7.   HANDLING AND STORAGE                                                 
                                                                            
  Handling                                                                  
       Containers of this material may be hazardous when emptied.  Since    
       emptied containers retain product residues (vapor, liquid, and/or    
       solid), all hazard precautions given in the data sheet must be       
       observed.  Use good personal hygiene practices.  Wash hands before   
       eating, drinking, smoking, or using toilet facilities.  Promptly     
       remove soiled clothing and wash before reuse.  Shower after work     
       using plenty of soap and water.                                      
                                                                            
  Storage                                                                   
       Store in a cool, dry place at 75 degrees F or lower.                 
                                                                            
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  8.   EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION                                
                                                                            
  Eye Protection                                                            
       Wear safety glasses in compliance with OSHA regulations. (Consult    
       your safety representative.)                                         
                                                                            
  Skin Protection                                                           
       Wear resistant gloves (consult your safety equipment supplier).,     
       Wear normal work clothing covering arms and legs..                   
                                                                            
  Respiratory Protections                                                   
       3M Dust respirator No. 8710 or 9900 is recommended or a NIOSH/MSHA   
       jointly approved dust respirator. (See your safety equipment         
       supplier.)                                                           
                                                                            
  Engineering Controls                                                      
       Provide sufficient mechanical (general and/or local exhaust)         
       ventilation to maintain exposure below level of overexposure (from   
       known, suspected or apparent adverse effects).                       
                                                                            
  Exposure Guidelines                                                       
  Component                                                                 
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  METHYL PARABEN (99-76-3)                                                  
  No exposure limits established                                            
                                                                            
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  9.   PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES                                     
                                                                            
  Boiling Point                                                             
       (for product) 518.0 F (270.0 C) @ 760 mmHg                           
                                                                            
  Vapor Pressure                                                            
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Specific Vapor Density                                                    
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Specific Gravity                                                          
       1.360 @ 77.00 F                                                      
                                                                            
  Liquid Density                                                            
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Percent Volatiles                                                         
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Evaporation Rate                                                          
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Appearance                                                                
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  State                                                                     
       SOLID                                                                
                                                                            
  Physical Form                                                             
       POWDER                                                               
                                                                            
  Color                                                                     
       WHITE, CRYSTALLINE                                                   
                                                                            
  Odor                                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  pH                                                                        
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
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  10.  STABILITY AND REACTIVITY                                             
                                                                            
  Hazardous Polymerization                                                  
       Product will not undergo hazardous polymerization.                   
                                                                            
  Hazardous Decomposition                                                   
       May form:  carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, phenols.              
                                                                            
  Chemical Stability                                                        
       Stable.                                                              
                                                                            
  Incompatibility                                                           
       Avoid contact with:  strong alkalies.                                
                                                                            
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  11.  TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION                                            
                                                                            
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
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  12.  ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION                                               
                                                                            
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
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  13.  DISPOSAL CONSIDERATION                                               
                                                                            
  Waste Management Information                                              
       Dispose of with other normal, solid waste                            
                                                                            
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  14.  TRANSPORT INFORMATION                                                
                                                                            
  DOT Information - 49 CFR 172.101                                          
       DOT Description:                                                     
            NON-REGULATED BY D.O.T.                                         
                                                                            
       Container/Mode:                                                      
            55 GAL DRUM/TRUCK PACKAGE                                       
                                                                            
       NOS Component:                                                       
            None                                                            
                                                                            
  RQ (Reportable Quantity) - 49 CFR 172.101                                 
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
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  15.  REGULATORY INFORMATION                                               
                                                                            
  US Federal Regulations                                                    
       TSCA (Toxic Substances Control Act) Status                           
            TSCA (UNITED STATES) The intentional ingredients of this        
            product are listed.                                             
                                                                            
       CERCLA RQ - 40 CFR 302.4(a)                                          
            None listed                                                     
                                                                            
       CERCLA RQ - 40 CFR 302.4(b)                                          
            Materials without a "listed" RQ may be reportable as an         
            "unlisted hazardous substance".  See 40 CFR 302.5 (b).          
                                                                            
       SARA 302 Components - 40 CFR 355 Appendix A                          
            None                                                            
                                                                            
       Section 311/312 Hazard Class - 40 CFR 370.2                          
            Immediate( )   Delayed( )   Fire( )   Reactive( )   Sudden      
            Release of Pressure( )                                          
                                                                            
       SARA 313 Components - 40 CFR 372.65                                  
            None                                                            
                                                                            
  International Regulations                                                 
       Inventory Status                                                     
            Not determined                                                  
                                                                            
  State and Local Regulations                                               
       California Proposition 65                                            
            None                                                            
                                                                            
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  16.  OTHER INFORMATION                                                    
                                                                            
       The information accumulated herein is believed to be accurate but    
       is not warranted to be whether originating with the company or       
       not. Recipients are advised to confirm in advance of need that the   
       information is current, applicable, and suitable to their            
       circumstances.                                                       
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