Material Safety Data Sheet

  Ashland Chemical Co.                         Date Prepared: 01/26/98      
                                               Date Printed:  06/18/99      
                                               MSDS No: 301.0011848-002.003I 
  SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE (3EO)27-30%                                   
                                                                            
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  1.   CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION                          
                                                                            
  Material Identity                                                         
  Product Name: SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE (3EO)27-30%                     
  General or Generic ID: ANIONIC SURFACTANT                                 
                                                                            
  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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  WATER                                            7732-18-5   70.0- 74.0   
  SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE                      9004-82-4   27.0- 31.0   
                                                                            
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  3.   HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION                                               
                                                                            
  Potential Health Effects                                                  
                                                                            
  Eye                                                                       
       May cause mild eye irritation.  Symptoms include stinging,           
       tearing, and redness.                                                
                                                                            
  Skin                                                                      
       May cause mild skin irritation.  Symptoms may include redness and    
       burning 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                                                                
       Breathing of vapor or mist is possible.                              
                                                                            
  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)   
       irritation (nose, throat, airways).                                  
                                                                            
  Target Organ Effects                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Developmental Information                                                 
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Cancer Information                                                        
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Other Health Effects                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Primary Route(s) of Entry                                                 
       Skin contact.                                                        
                                                                            
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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:  lung (for           
       example, asthma-like conditions).                                    
                                                                            
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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, sulfur oxides,        
       various hydrocarbons.                                                
                                                                            
  Fire and Explosion Hazards                                                
       No special fire hazards are known to be associated with this         
       product.                                                             
                                                                            
  Extinguishing Media                                                       
       regular foam, water fog, carbon dioxide, dry chemical.               
                                                                            
  Fire Fighting Instructions                                                
       Water or foam may cause frothing which can be violent and possibly   
       endanger the life of the firefighter.  Water may be used to keep     
       fire-exposed containers cool until fire is out.  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                                                               
       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:  natural rubber, neoprene, To         
       prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious          
       clothing and boots..                                                 
                                                                            
  Respiratory Protections                                                   
       Not required under normal conditions of use.                         
                                                                            
  Engineering Controls                                                      
       Not required under normal conditions of use.                         
                                                                            
  Exposure Guidelines                                                       
  Component                                                                 
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  WATER (7732-18-5)                                                         
  No exposure limits established                                            
                                                                            
  SODIUM LAURYL ETHER SULFATE (9004-82-4)                                   
  No exposure limits established                                            
                                                                            
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  9.   PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES                                     
                                                                            
  Boiling Point                                                             
       (for product) 180.0 F (82.2 C) @ 760 mmHg                            
                                                                            
  Vapor Pressure                                                            
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Specific Vapor Density                                                    
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  Specific Gravity                                                          
       1.065 @ 77.00 F                                                      
                                                                            
  Liquid Density                                                            
       8.860 lbs/gal @ 77.00 F                                              
       1.065 kg/l @ 25.00 C                                                 
                                                                            
  Percent Volatiles                                                         
       70.0      %                                                          
                                                                            
  Evaporation Rate                                                          
       SLOWER THAN ETHYL ETHER                                              
                                                                            
  Appearance                                                                
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  State                                                                     
       LIQUID                                                               
                                                                            
  Physical Form                                                             
       HOMOGENEOUS SOLUTION                                                 
                                                                            
  Color                                                                     
       PALE YELLOW, VISCOUS                                                 
                                                                            
  Odor                                                                      
       No data                                                              
                                                                            
  pH                                                                        
       8.0                                                                  
                                                                            
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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, sulfur oxides,        
       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:                                                     
            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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