Material Safety Data Sheet

  Ashland Chemical Co.                         Date Prepared: 01/09/98      
                                               Date Printed:  06/28/99      
                                               MSDS No: 301.0324494-001.002I 
  SILICON DIOXIDE (814)                                                     
                                                                            
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  1.   CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION                          
                                                                            
  Material Identity                                                         
  Product Name: SILICON DIOXIDE (814)                                       
  General or Generic ID: COLLOIDAL SILICA                                   
                                                                            
  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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  SILICON DIOXIDE                                  7631-86-9   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.  Prolonged or repeated contact may   
       dry the skin.  Symptoms may include redness, burning, drying and     
       cracking of skin, and skin burns.                                    
                                                                            
  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.                         
                                                                            
  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:  stomach or intestinal upset (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)   
                                                                            
  Target Organ Effects                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Developmental Information                                                 
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Cancer Information                                                        
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Other Health Effects                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Primary Route(s) of Entry                                                 
       Inhalation.                                                          
                                                                            
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  4.   FIRST AID MEASURES                                                   
                                                                            
  Eyes                                                                      
       If symptoms develop, move individual away from exposure and into     
       fresh air.  Flush eyes gently with water while holding eyelids       
       apart.  If symptoms persist or there is any visual difficulty,       
       seek medical attention.                                              
                                                                            
  Skin                                                                      
       First aid is not normally required.  However, it is recommended      
       that exposed areas be cleaned by washing with soap and water.        
                                                                            
  Swallowing                                                                
       First aid is not normally required.  If symptoms develop, seek       
       medical attention.                                                   
                                                                            
  Inhalation                                                                
       First aid is not normally required.  If symptoms develop, move       
       individual away from exposure and into fresh air.  If symptoms       
       persist, seek medical attention.                                     
                                                                            
  Note to Physicians                                                        
       Preexisting disorders of the following organs (or organ systems)     
       may be aggravated by exposure to this material:  skin.               
                                                                            
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  5.   FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES                                               
                                                                            
  Flash Point                                                               
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Explosive Limit                                                           
       Not applicable                                                       
                                                                            
  Autoignition Temperature                                                  
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Hazardous Products of Combustion                                          
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Fire and Explosion Hazards                                                
       No special fire hazards are known to be associated with this         
       product.                                                             
                                                                            
  Extinguishing Media                                                       
       water fog.                                                           
                                                                            
  Fire Fighting Instructions                                                
       No special precautions necessary when fighting fires involving       
       this product.                                                        
                                                                            
  NFPA Rating                                                               
       Health - 1, Flammability - 0, Reactivity - 0                         
                                                                            
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  6.   ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES                                          
                                                                            
  Small Spill                                                               
       Sweep up material for disposal or recovery.  Absorb liquid on        
       vermiculite, floor absorbent or other absorbent material.            
                                                                            
  Large Spill                                                               
       Persons not wearing protective equipment should be excluded from     
       area of spill until clean-up has been completed. Stop spill at       
       source, dike area of spill to prevent spreading, pump liquid to      
       salvage tank. Remaining liquid may be taken up on sand, clay,        
       earth, floor absorbent, or other absorbent material and shoveled     
       into containers.                                                     
                                                                            
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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.                                                            
                                                                            
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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 such as:  neoprene, nitrile rubber, Wear       
       normal work clothing covering arms and legs..                        
                                                                            
  Respiratory Protections                                                   
       Not required under normal conditions of use.  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).  Not required under   
       normal conditions of use.                                            
                                                                            
  Exposure Guidelines                                                       
  Component                                                                 
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  SILICON DIOXIDE (7631-86-9)                                               
  No exposure limits established                                            
                                                                            
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  9.   PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES                                     
                                                                            
  Boiling Point                                                             
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Vapor Pressure                                                            
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Specific Vapor Density                                                    
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Specific Gravity                                                          
       2.200 @ 77.00 F                                                      
                                                                            
  Liquid Density                                                            
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Percent Volatiles                                                         
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Evaporation Rate                                                          
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Appearance                                                                
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  State                                                                     
       SOLID                                                                
                                                                            
  Physical Form                                                             
       POWDER                                                               
                                                                            
  Color                                                                     
       WHITE                                                                
                                                                            
  Odor                                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  pH                                                                        
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
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  10.  STABILITY AND REACTIVITY                                             
                                                                            
  Hazardous Polymerization                                                  
       Product will not undergo hazardous polymerization.                   
                                                                            
  Hazardous Decomposition                                                   
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Chemical Stability                                                        
       Stable.                                                              
                                                                            
  Incompatibility                                                           
       Avoid contact with:  metal salts, strong alkalies, strong mineral    
       acids.                                                               
                                                                            
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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                                              
       Waste material and all disposable clean-up equipment should be       
       securely sealed in plastic lined containers and deposited in a       
       landfill in accordance with local, state and federal regulations.    
       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:                                                     
            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(X)   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                                                            
                                                                            
       New Jersey RTK Label Information                                     
            SILICA, AMORPHOUS                            7631-86-9          
                                                                            
       Pennsylvania RTK Label Information                                   
            SILICA                                       7631-86-9          
                                                                            
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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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