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Dry Ice is not intended for human consumption Ingestion can be fatal

General Information
(Dry Ice & Liquid CO2)

Date MSDS Prepared: September 13, 2005 Haz Mat Identification System
Safety Data Review Date: September 12, 2009 H 1
Company Identification: F 0
Continental Carbonic Products, Inc. R 1
3985 East Harrison Avenue PPE B
Decatur, IL 62526
800-DRY ICE2

Ingredients / Identity Information

CAS# Chemical Name Percent EINECS/ELINCS
124-38-9 Carbon Dioxide 100
Proprietary: No
NIOSH (RTECS) Number: FF6400000
Exposure Limits | Carbon Dioxide:

  • 5000 ppm (9000 mg/m3) OSHA TWA
  • 5000 ppm (9000 mg/m3) ACGIH TWA: 30,000 ppm (54,000 mg/me) ACGIH STREL
  • 5000 ppm (9000 mg/m3) NIOSH recommended 10 hour TWA:
  • 30,000 ppm (54,000 mg/m3) NIOSH recommended STEL
  • 5000 ppm (9000 mg/m3) DFG MAK TWA:
  • 10,000 ppm (18,000 mg/m3) DFG MAK 60 minute peak, momentary value
  • Measurement method: Gas collection bag: Gas chromatography with thermal conductivity
  • Detector: (NIOSH III #S2491)

Physical / Chemical Characteristics

Appearance and Odor: colorless, odorless to slightly pungent
Boiling Point: -109.4 F
Melting Point: -109.3 F
Vapor Pressure (MM hg/70F): 831 PSIA
Solubility In Water: APPRECIABLE

Fire Fighting Measures

FLASH POINT (test method): Not applicable
FLAMMABLE LIMITS IN AIR (% by volume LOWER: Not applicable UPPER): Not applicable
EXTINGUISHING MEDIA: Carbon dioxide cannot catch fire: Use media appropriate for surrounding fire
SPECIAL FIRE FIGHTING PROCEDURES: WARNING! Frozen carbon dioxide – extremely cold solid. Vapor can cause rapid suffocation.
HAZARDOUS COMBUSTION PRODUCTS: Not applicable. Thermal decomposition releases carbon monoxide and oxygen.

Evacuate all personnel from danger area. Do not discharge sprays onto solid carbon dioxide. Solid carbon dioxide will freeze water rapidly. Never handle solid carbon dioxide with your bare hands. Use insulated, loose-fitting gloves and dry ice tongs, or use a dry shovel or scoop. Move packages away from fire area if without risk. Self-contained breathing apparatus may be required by rescue workers. On-site fire brigades must comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.156.

Health Hazard Data

Route of Entry-Inhalation: Yes
Route of Entry-Skin: No
Route of entry-Ingestion: No
Health Hazard Acute and Chronic: Concentration in excess of 1.5% carbon dioxide may cause death. At higher concentrations, displaces oxygen in air below levels necessary to support life.
Carcinogenicity-NTP: No
Carcinogenicity-IARC: No
Carcinogenicity-OSHA: No
Explanation Carcinogenicity: None
Signs/Symptoms of Overexposure: At concentrations >1.5%: Hyperventilation/headaches/dyspepsia/perspiration. At 6-10%: Headaches/dyspepsia/perspiration, tremors, visual disturbances. >10%: Unconsciousness without warning. Cryogenic burns.

Emergency/first Aid Procedures: Inhalation: Remove to fresh air. Assisted respiration and supplemental oxygen should be given if not breathing. Frozen tissues should be flooded/soaked with tepid water. Don’t use hot water. Obtain medical attention in all cases.

Safe Handling & Use

Steps if Material Released/Spill: Ventilate indoor areas well to avoid hazardous CO2 concentrations. Ventilate area well and avoid contact with cold vapors/dry ice. CO2 is heavy gas and will remain in low spots without assisted ventilation.

Special Precautions for Handling of Solid Carbon Dioxide: Do not handle solid Carbon Dioxide with bare hands. Use heavy gloves, dry ice tongs or plastic scoop or shovel. Handle blocks of dry ice carefully, as injuries can occur if one is accidentally dropped on the feet. Containers of solid Carbon Dioxide should be stored upright and be firmly secured to prevent falling or being knocked over. Containers should be vented, to prevent the build-up of Carbon Dioxide gas. Carbon Dioxide sublimates at -78.5ºC (-109.3ºF); containers should be thermally insulated and kept at the lowest possible temperature to maintain the solid and avoid generation of Carbon Dioxide gas. Storage containers and equipment used with Carbon Dioxide should not be located in sub-surface or enclosed areas, unless engineered to maintain a concentration of Carbon Dioxide below the TLV (TLV=5000 ppm) in the event of a release. Solid consignment of dry ice in a gas-tight vessel can lead to catastrophic failure of the vessel by over-pressurization. Storage of dry ice should never occur in a gas-tight container.

Control Measures

Respiratory Protection: SCBA in oxygen deficient atmospheres where CO2 >1.5%. Do not use air purifying respirators.

Ventilation: Local Exhaust: At point sources of CO2 vapors. Mechanical (general): Low lying area are not naturally ventilated.

Protective Gloves: Impermeable/loose fitting (leather)

Eye Protection: Safety glasses

Transporting Data

Shipping information: Packages should be transported in a secure position in a well ventilated vehicle. Product transported in an enclosed, non ventilated compartment of a vehicle can present serious safety hazards.

Disposal Data

WASTE DISPOSAL METHOD: Place outside in a protected area with good ventilation and allow to sublime. Prevent waste from contaminating the surrounding environment. Keep personnel away. Discard any product, residue, disposable container, or liner in an environmentally acceptable manner, in full compliance with federal, state and local regulations. If necessary, call your local supplier for assistance.

Reactivity Data

Dry ice sublimes; if confined in a gas tight container, it will build up a pressure of 850 psig at 70º F. Do not put dry ice in an airtight container or confined space
Stability: Yes
Conditions To Avoid (Stability): Moisture
Materials to Avoid: Carbonic acid/salt/corrosive chemicals
Hazardous Polymerization Occurrence: No

Label Data

Label Required: Yes
Technical Review Date: September 1, 2004
Label Date: September 1, 2004
Common Name: Solid Carbon Dioxide/Dry Ice
Chronic Hazard: Yes
Acute Health Hazard: Severe
Contact Hazard: Slight
Fire Hazard: Minimal
Reactivity Hazard: None
Special Hazard Precautions: Concentration in excess of 1.5% carbon dioxide may cause death. At higher concentrations, displaces oxygen in air below levels necessary to support life.
Target organs: Respiratory system, skin
Protect Eye: Yes
Protect Skin: Yes
Protect Respiratory: Yes


Notice to reader:

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate. However, neither the above named supplier nor any of its subsidiaries assumes any liability whatsoever for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. Final determination or suitability of any material is the sole responsibility of the user. All materials may present unknown hazards and should be used with caution. Although certain hazards are described herein, we cannot guarantee that these are the only hazards that exist.

Please Read Before Using

Extreme Cold (-109º F) May Cause Severe Cold Burns. Handle With Gloves. Avoid Contact With Skin And Eyes. Do Not Confine In Tightly Closed Containers. Do Not Enter Confined Areas Such As Walk-In Boxes Where Using Dry Ice Until Adequately Ventilated. Do Not Put In Drinks. Do Not Eat. Keep Out Of Reach Of Children And Animals.