Material Safety Data Sheet

  Ashland Chemical Co.                         Date Prepared: 09/04/98      
                                               Date Printed:  06/21/99      
                                               MSDS No: 301.0000788-001.001I 
  PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER                                         
                                                                            
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  1.   CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION                          
                                                                            
  Material Identity                                                         
  Product Name: PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER                           
  General or Generic ID: GLYCOL ETHER                                       
                                                                            
  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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  PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER                 107-98-2   98.0-100.0   
                                                                            
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  3.   HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION                                               
                                                                            
  Potential Health Effects                                                  
                                                                            
  Eye                                                                       
       Can cause eye irritation.  Symptoms include stinging, tearing,       
       redness, and swelling of eyes.                                       
                                                                            
  Skin                                                                      
       May cause mild skin irritation.  Symptoms may include redness and    
       burning of skin.  Passage of this material into the body through     
       the skin is possible, and may add to toxic effects from breathing    
       or swallowing.                                                       
                                                                            
  Swallowing                                                                
       Swallowing small amounts of this material during normal handling     
       is not likely to cause harmful effects.  Swallowing large amounts    
       may be harmful.                                                      
                                                                            
  Inhalation                                                                
       Breathing of vapor or mist is possible.  Breathing small amounts     
       of this material during normal handling is not likely to cause       
       harmful effects.  Breathing large amounts may be harmful.            
       Symptoms usually occur at air concentrations higher than the         
       recommended exposure limits (See Section 8).                         
                                                                            
  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), lung irritation,      
       central nervous system depression (dizziness, drowsiness,            
       weakness, fatigue, nausea, headache, unconsciousness), loss of       
       coordination, and death.                                             
                                                                            
  Target Organ Effects                                                      
       Overexposure to this material (or its components) has been           
       suggested as a cause of the following effects in laboratory          
       animals:  mild, reversible liver effects, liver abnormalities,       
       kidney damage.                                                       
                                                                            
  Developmental Information                                                 
       This material (or a component) has been shown to cause harm to the   
       fetus in laboratory animal studies.  Harm to the fetus occurs only   
       at exposure levels that harm the pregnant animal.  The relevance     
       of these findings to humans is uncertain.  When tested separately,   
       a minor component of propylene glycol monomethyl ether               
       (2-methoxy-1-propanol) caused birth defects in experimental          
       animals in one study.  However, the commercial grade glycol ether    
       containing the minor component did not cause birth defects.          
                                                                            
  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                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Primary Route(s) of Entry                                                 
       Inhalation, Skin absorption, 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                                                        
       Preexisting disorders of the following organs (or organ systems)     
       may be aggravated by exposure to this material:  liver, kidney.      
                                                                            
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  5.   FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES                                               
                                                                            
  Flash Point                                                               
       91.0      F (32.7      C) PMCC                                       
                                                                            
  Explosive Limit                                                           
       (for product) Lower 1.5   Upper 10.9      %                          
                                                                            
  Autoignition Temperature                                                  
       530.0     F (276.6     C)                                            
                                                                            
  Hazardous Products of Combustion                                          
       May form:  carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, various               
       hydrocarbons.                                                        
                                                                            
  Fire and Explosion Hazards                                                
       Vapors are heavier than air and may travel along the ground or may   
       be moved by ventilation and ignited by pilot lights, other flames,   
       sparks, heaters, smoking, electric motors, static discharge, or      
       other ignition sources at locations distant from material handling   
       point.  Never use welding or cutting torch on or near drum (even     
       empty) because product (even just residue) can ignite explosively.   
                                                                            
  Extinguishing Media                                                       
       alcohol foam, carbon dioxide, dry chemical.                          
                                                                            
  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 - 3, Reactivity - 0                         
                                                                            
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  6.   ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES                                          
                                                                            
  Small Spill                                                               
       Absorb liquid on vermiculite, floor absorbent, or other absorbent    
       material and transfer to hood.                                       
                                                                            
  Large Spill                                                               
       Eliminate all ignition sources (flares, flames including pilot       
       lights, electrical sparks). Persons not wearing protective           
       equipment should be excluded from area of spill until clean-up has   
       been completed. Stop spill at source. Prevent from entering          
       drains, sewers, streams or other bodies of water.  Prevent from      
       spreading.  If runoff occurs, notify authorities as required.        
       Pump or vacuum transfer spilled product to clean containers for      
       recovery.  Absorb unrecoverable product. Transfer contaminated       
       absorbent, soil and other materials to containers for disposal.      
       Prevent run-off to sewers, streams or other bodies of water. If      
       run-off occurs, notify proper authorities as required, that a        
       spill has occurred.                                                  
                                                                            
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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.  All five-gallon pails and larger metal containers,        
       including tank cars and tank trucks, should be grounded and/or       
       bonded when material is transferred.                                 
                                                                            
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  8.   EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL PROTECTION                                
                                                                            
  Eye Protection                                                            
       Chemical splash goggles in compliance with OSHA regulations are      
       advised; however, OSHA regulations also permit other type safety     
       glasses.  Consult your safety representative.                        
                                                                            
  Skin Protection                                                           
       Wear resistant gloves (consult your safety equipment supplier).      
       To prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious       
       clothing and boots..                                                 
                                                                            
  Respiratory Protections                                                   
       If workplace exposure limit(s) of product or any component is        
       exceeded (see exposure guidelines), a NIOSH/MSHA approved air        
       supplied respirator is advised in absence of proper environmental    
       control.  OSHA regulations also permit other NIOSH/MSHA              
       respirators (negative pressure type) under specified conditions      
       (see your industrial hygienist).  Engineering or administrative      
       controls should be implemented to reduce exposure.                   
                                                                            
  Engineering Controls                                                      
       Provide sufficient mechanical (general and/or local exhaust)         
       ventilation to maintain exposure below TLV(s).                       
                                                                            
  Exposure Guidelines                                                       
  Component                                                                 
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  PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER (107-98-2)                              
  OSHA VPEL 100.000 ppm - TWA                                               
  OSHA VPEL 150.000 ppm - STEL                                              
  ACGIH TLV 100.000 ppm - TWA                                               
  ACGIH TLV 150.000 ppm - STEL                                              
                                                                            
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  9.   PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES                                     
                                                                            
  Boiling Point                                                             
       (for product) 246.0 - 257.0 F (118.8 - 125.0 C) @ 760 mmHg           
                                                                            
  Vapor Pressure                                                            
       (for product) 8.000 mmHg @ 68.00 F                                   
                                                                            
  Specific Vapor Density                                                    
       3.100 @ AIR=1                                                        
                                                                            
  Specific Gravity                                                          
       .922 - .925 @ 68.00 F                                                
                                                                            
  Liquid Density                                                            
       7.700 lbs/gal @ 68.00 F                                              
       .924 kg/l @ 20.00 C                                                  
                                                                            
  Percent Volatiles                                                         
       100.0     %                                                          
                                                                            
  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)                                          
       100.000 %                                                            
       924.000 g/l                                                          
       7.700 lbs/gal                                                        
                                                                            
  Evaporation Rate                                                          
       .83 (N-BUTYL ACETATE)                                                
                                                                            
  Appearance                                                                
       TRANSPARENT                                                          
                                                                            
  State                                                                     
       LIQUID                                                               
                                                                            
  Physical Form                                                             
       NEAT                                                                 
                                                                            
  Color                                                                     
       COLORLESS                                                            
                                                                            
  Odor                                                                      
       TYPICAL ETHER                                                        
                                                                            
  pH                                                                        
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Viscosity                                                                 
       1.9 cps                                                              
                                                                            
  Freezing Point                                                            
       -139.0    F (-95.0     C)                                            
                                                                            
  Molecular Weight                                                          
       90.1                                                                 
                                                                            
  Solubility in Water                                                       
       COMPLETE                                                             
                                                                            
  Octanol/Water Partitiion Coefficient                                      
       .660                                                                 
                                                                            
  Bulk Density                                                              
       1.030 lbs/ft3                                                        
                                                                            
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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, various               
       hydrocarbons.                                                        
                                                                            
  Chemical Stability                                                        
       Stable.                                                              
                                                                            
  Incompatibility                                                           
       Avoid contact with:  strong oxidizing agents.                        
                                                                            
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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 in accordance with all applicable local, state and        
       federal regulations.                                                 
                                                                            
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  14.  TRANSPORT INFORMATION                                                
                                                                            
  DOT Information - 49 CFR 172.101                                          
       DOT Description:                                                     
            1-METHOXY-2-PROPANOL,3,UN3092,III                               
                                                                            
       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                                                     
                                                                            
       SARA 302 Components - 40 CFR 355 Appendix A                          
            None                                                            
                                                                            
       Section 311/312 Hazard Class - 40 CFR 370.2                          
            Immediate(X)   Delayed(X)   Fire(X)   Reactive( )   Sudden      
            Release of Pressure( )                                          
                                                                            
       SARA 313 Components - 40 CFR 372.65                                  
            None                                                            
                                                                            
  International Regulations                                                 
       Inventory Status                                                     
            ACOIN (AUSTRALIA) The intentional ingredients of this product   
            are listed.                                                     
            DSL (CANADA) The intentional ingredients of this product are    
            listed.                                                         
            ECL (SOUTH KOREA) The intentional ingredients of this product   
            are listed.                                                     
            EINECS (EUROPE) The intentional ingredients of this product are 
            listed.                                                         
            ENCS (JAPAN) The intentional ingredients of this product are    
            listed.                                                         
                                                                            
  State and Local Regulations                                               
       California Proposition 65                                            
            None                                                            
                                                                            
       New Jersey RTK Label Information                                     
            PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONOMETHYL ETHER             107-98-2          
                                                                            
       Pennsylvania RTK Label Information                                   
            2-PROPANOL, 1-METHOXY-                        107-98-2          
                                                                            
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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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