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Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet

Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet

Right to Know

Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet

Common Name:

Synonyms: Vitriol; Zinc Vitriol CAS Number: 7733-02-0 Chemical Name: Sulfuric , Zinc Salt (1:1) RTK Substance Number: 2044 Date: September 1998 Revision: February 2008 DOT Number: UN 3077

Description and Use EMERGENCY RESPONDERS >>>> SEE BACK PAGE is a colorless, odorless, crystalline powder. It is Hazard Summary used in making rayon, as a wood preservative, and as an Hazard Rating NJDOH NFPA analytical reagent. It is also used as a dietary supplement, and HEALTH 2 - in herbicides, treatment, fireproofing, , FLAMMABILITY 0 - cosmetics and fertilizers. REACTIVITY 0 - POISONOUS GASES ARE PRODUCED IN FIRE

Hazard Rating Key: 0=minimal; 1=slight; 2=moderate; 3=serious; Reasons for Citation 4=severe f Zinc Sulfate is on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because it is cited by DOT, DEP and EPA. f Zinc Sulfate can affect you when inhaled. f Contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with possible eye damage. f Inhaling Zinc Sulfate can irritate the nose and throat. f Exposure to Zinc Sulfate can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.


Workplace Exposure Limits FIRST AID No occupational exposure limits have been established for Eye Contact f Immediately flush with large amounts of water for at least 15 Zinc Sulfate. However, it may pose a health risk. Always minutes, lifting upper and lower lids. Remove contact follow safe work practices. lenses, if worn, while rinsing.

Skin Contact f Quickly remove contaminated clothing. Immediately wash contaminated skin with large amounts of water.

Inhalation f Remove the person from exposure. f Begin rescue breathing (using universal precautions) if breathing has stopped and CPR if heart action has stopped. f Transfer promptly to a medical facility.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222 CHEMTREC: 1-800-424-9300 NJDEP Hotline: 1-877-927-6337 National Response Center: 1-800-424-8802

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Determining Your Exposure Reproductive Hazard f According to the information presently available to the New f Read the product manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Jersey Department of Health, Zinc Sulfate has not been Sheet (MSDS) and the label to determine product tested for its ability to affect reproduction. ingredients and important safety and health information about the product mixture. Other Effects f Prolonged or repeated contact can cause a skin rash, f For each individual hazardous ingredient, read the New dryness and redness. Jersey Department of Health Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet, available on the RTK website (www.nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb) or in your facility’s RTK Central File or Hazard Communication Standard file. Medical Medical Testing f You have a right to this information under the New Jersey There is no special test for this chemical. However, seek Worker and Community Right to Know Act, the Public medical attention if illness occurs or overexposure is Employees Occupational Safety and Health (PEOSH) Act suspected. if you are a public worker in New Jersey, and under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) if you Any evaluation should include a careful history of past and are a private worker. present symptoms with an exam. Medical tests that look for damage already done are not a substitute for controlling f The New Jersey Right to Know Act requires most exposure. employers to label chemicals in the workplace and requires public employers to provide their employees with Request copies of your medical testing. You have a legal right information concerning chemical hazards and controls. to this information under the OSHA Access to Employee The federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 Exposure and Medical Records Standard (29 CFR 1910.1020).

CFR 1910.1200) and the PEOSH Hazard Communication

Standard (N.J.A.C. 12:100-7) require employers to provide

similar information and training to their employees.

This Fact Sheet is a summary of available information regarding the health hazards that may result from exposure. Duration of exposure, concentration of the substance and other factors will affect your susceptibility to any of the potential effects described below.

Health Hazard Information Acute Health Effects The following acute (short-term) health effects may occur immediately or shortly after exposure to Zinc Sulfate:

f Contact can severely irritate and burn the skin and eyes with

possible eye damage. f Inhaling Zinc Sulfate can irritate the nose and throat, causing coughing and wheezing. f Exposure to Zinc Sulfate can cause headache, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Chronic Health Effects The following chronic (long-term) health effects can occur at some time after exposure to Zinc Sulfate and can last for months or years:

Cancer Hazard f There is no evidence that Zinc Sulfate causes cancer in animals. This is based on test results presently available to the New Jersey Department of Health from published studies.

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Workplace Controls and Practices Eye Protection Very toxic chemicals, or those that are reproductive hazards or f Wear eye protection with side shields or goggles. sensitizers, require expert advice on control measures if a less f Wear a face shield along with goggles when working with toxic chemical cannot be substituted. Control measures corrosive, highly irritating or toxic substances. include: (1) enclosing chemical processes for severely irritating and corrosive chemicals, (2) using local exhaust Respiratory Protection ventilation for chemicals that may be harmful with a single Improper use of respirators is dangerous. Respirators exposure, and (3) using general ventilation to control should only be used if the employer has implemented a written exposures to skin and eye irritants. For further information on program that takes into account workplace conditions, workplace controls, consult the NIOSH document on Control requirements for worker training, respirator fit testing, and Banding at www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ctrlbanding/. medical exams, as described in the OSHA Respiratory The following work practices are also recommended: Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134). f Label process containers. f Where the potential exists for exposure, use a NIOSH f Provide employees with hazard information and training. approved full facepice air-purifying, particulate filter f Monitor airborne chemical concentrations. respirator with an N95 filter. Even greater protection is f Use engineering controls if concentrations exceed provided by a powered-air purifying respirator. recommended exposure levels. f Leave the area immediately if (1) while wearing a filter or f Provide eye wash fountains and emergency showers. cartridge respirator you can smell, taste, or otherwise detect f Wash or shower if skin comes in contact with a hazardous Zinc Sulfate, (2) while wearing particulate filters abnormal material. resistance to breathing is experienced, or (3) eye irritation f Always wash at the end of the workshift. occurs while wearing a full facepiece respirator. Check to f Change into clean clothing if clothing becomes make sure the respirator-to-face seal is still good. If it is, contaminated. replace the filter or cartridge. If the seal is no longer good, f Do not take contaminated clothing home. you may need a new respirator. f Get special training to wash contaminated clothing. f Consider all potential sources of exposure in your workplace. f Do not eat, smoke, or drink in areas where chemicals are You may need a combination of filters, prefilters or cartridges being handled, processed or stored. to protect against different forms of a chemical (such as f Wash hands carefully before eating, smoking, drinking, vapor and mist) or against a mixture of chemicals. applying cosmetics or using the toilet. f Where the potential for high exposure exists, use a NIOSH approved supplied-air respirator with a full facepiece In addition, the following may be useful or required: operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode. For increased protection use in combination with an f Use a vacuum or a wet method to reduce dust during clean- auxiliary self-contained breathing apparatus operated in a up. DO NOT DRY SWEEP. pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode.

Personal Protective Equipment Fire Hazards If employees are expected to fight fires, they must be trained The OSHA Personal Protective Equipment Standard (29 CFR and equipped as stated in the OSHA Fire Brigades Standard 1910.132) requires employers to determine the appropriate (29 CFR 1910.156). personal protective equipment for each hazard and to train employees on how and when to use protective equipment. f Extinguish fire using an agent suitable for type of surrounding fire. Zinc Sulfate itself does not burn. The following recommendations are only guidelines and may f POISONOUS GASES ARE PRODUCED IN FIRE, including not apply to every situation. and Zinc . f Use water spray to keep fire-exposed containers cool. Gloves and Clothing f Avoid skin contact with Zinc Sulfate. Wear personal protective equipment made from material which can not be permeated or degraded by this substance. Safety equipment suppliers and manufacturers can provide recommendations on the most protective glove and clothing

material for your operation. f Safety equipment manufacturers recommend Rubber for gloves and DuPont Tyvek® or equivalent as protective materials for clothing. f All protective clothing (suits, gloves, footwear, headgear) should be clean, available each day, and put on before work.

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Spills and Emergencies Occupational Health Information If employees are required to clean-up spills, they must be Resources properly trained and equipped. The OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (29 CFR The New Jersey Department of Health offers multiple services 1910.120) may apply. in occupational health. These services include providing informational resources, educational materials, public If Zinc Sulfate is spilled, take the following steps: presentations, and industrial hygiene and medical investigations and evaluations. f Evacuate personnel and secure and control entrance to the area. f Eliminate all ignition sources. For more information, please contact: f Collect powdered material in the most convenient and safe

manner and deposit in sealed containers. f Ventilate and wash area after clean-up is complete. New Jersey Department of Health f DO NOT wash into sewer. Right to Know f It may be necessary to contain and dispose of Zinc Sulfate PO Box 368 as a HAZARDOUS WASTE. Contact your state Department Trenton, NJ 08625-0368 of Environmental Protection (DEP) or your regional office of Phone: 609-984-2202 the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Fax: 609-984-7407 specific recommendations. E-mail: [email protected]

Web address: http://www.nj.gov/health/eoh/rtkweb

Handling and Storage The Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheets Prior to working with DO NOT wash into sewer.you should be are not intended to be copied and sold trained on its proper handling and storage. for commercial purposes.

f Zinc Sulfate reacts violently with and

FINELY DIVIDED ALUMINUM and . f Zinc Sulfate is not compatible with STRONG BASES (such

as HYDROXIDE and HYDROXIDE). f Store in tightly closed containers in a cool, well-ventilated

area away from HEAT and WATER.

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ACGIH is the American Conference of Governmental Industrial LEL or Lower Explosive Limit, is the lowest concentration of Hygienists. They publish guidelines called Threshold Limit a combustible substance (gas or vapor) in the air capable of Values (TLVs) for exposure to workplace chemicals. continuing an explosion.

Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) are established mg/m3 means milligrams of a chemical in a cubic meter of air. by the EPA. They describe the risk to humans resulting from It is a measure of concentration (weight/volume). once-in-a lifetime, or rare, exposure to airborne chemicals. A mutagen is a substance that causes mutations. A mutation is the temperature at which a substance can is a change in the genetic material in a body cell. Mutations change its physical state from a liquid to a gas. can to birth defects, miscarriages, or cancer.

A carcinogen is a substance that causes cancer. NFPA is the National Fire Protection Association. It classifies substances according to their fire and explosion hazard. The CAS number is unique, identifying number, assigned by the Chemical Abstracts Service, to a specific chemical. NIOSH is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. It tests equipment, evaluates and approves CFR is the Code of Federal Regulations, which are the respirators, conducts studies of workplace hazards, and regulations of the United States government. proposes standards to OSHA.

A combustible substance is a solid, liquid or gas that will burn. NTP is the National Toxicology Program which tests chemicals and reviews evidence for cancer. A corrosive substance is a gas, liquid or solid that causes destruction of or severe of containers. OSHA is the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which adopts and enforces health and safety DEP is the New Jersey Department of Environmental standards. Protection. PEOSHA is the New Jersey Public Employees Occupational DOT is the Department of Transportation, the federal agency Safety and Health Act, which adopts and enforces health and that regulates the transportation of chemicals. safety standards in public workplaces.

EPA is the Environmental Protection Agency, the federal Permeated is the movement of chemicals through protective agency responsible for regulating environmental hazards. materials.

ERG is the Emergency Response Guidebook. It is a guide for PIH is a DOT designation for chemicals which are Poison emergency responders for transportation emergencies Inhalation Hazards. involving hazardous substances. ppm means parts of a substance per million parts of air. It is a Emergency Response Planning Guideline (ERPG) values measure of concentration by volume in air. are intended to provide estimates of concentration ranges where one reasonably might anticipate observing adverse A reactive substance is a solid, liquid or gas that releases effects. energy under certain conditions.

A fetus is an unborn human or animal. STEL is a Short Term Exposure Limit which is usually a 15- minute exposure that should not be exceeded at any time A flammable substance is a solid, liquid, vapor or gas that will during a work day. ignite easily and burn rapidly. A teratogen is a substance that causes birth defects by The flash point is the temperature at which a liquid or solid damaging the fetus. gives off vapor that can form a flammable mixture with air. UEL or Upper Explosive Limit is the highest concentration in IARC is the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a air above which there is too much fuel (gas or vapor) to begin a scientific . reaction or explosion.

Ionization Potential is the amount of energy needed to Vapor is the ratio of the weight of a given volume of remove an electron from an atom or molecule. It is measured one gas to the weight of another (usually ), at the in electron volts. same temperature and pressure.

IRIS is the Integrated Risk Information System database The is a measure of how readily a liquid or a maintained by federal EPA. The database contains solid mixes with air at its surface. A higher vapor pressure information on human health effects that may result from indicates a higher concentration of the substance in air and exposure to various chemicals in the environment. therefore increases the likelihood of breathing it in.

Right to Know Hazardous Substance Fact Sheet

Common Name: ZINC SULFATE Synonyms: White Vitriol; Zinc Vitriol CAS No: 7733-02-0 Molecular Formula: ZnSO4 RTK Substance No: 2044 Description: Colorless, odorless, crystalline powder

HAZARD DATA Hazard Rating Firefighting Reactivity 2 - Health Extinguish fire using an agent suitable for type of Zinc Sulfate reacts violently with PHOSPHORUS and surrounding fire. Zinc Sulfate itself does not burn. FINELY DIVIDED ALUMINUM or MAGNESIUM. 0 - Fire POISONOUS GASES ARE PRODUCED IN FIRE, Zinc Sulfate is not compatible with STRONG BASES 0 - Reactivity including Sulfur Oxides and . (such as SODIUM HYDROXIDE and POTASSIUM Use water spray to keep fire-exposed containers HYDROXIDE). DOT#: UN 3077 cool. ERG Guide #: 171 Hazard Class: 9 (Environmentally Hazardous)


Isolation Distance: Threshold: Odorless Spills: 25 meters (75 feet) Flash Point: Nonflammable Vapor Density: 1.95 (air = 1) Fire: 800 meters (1/2 mile) o o Vapor Pressure: 60 mm Hg at 1,292 F (700 C) Collect powdered material in the most convenient Specific Gravity: 3.54 (water = 1) and safe manner and deposit in sealed containers. Water : Soluble DO NOT wash into sewer. Boiling Point: >932oF (>500oC) Zinc may be accumulated by some organisms and Molecular Weight: 161.5 may be harmful to aquatic life. pH: 4.5


No occupational exposure limits have been Gloves: Rubber established. Coveralls: DuPont Tyvek® or equivalent Respirator: Full facepiece APR with High efficiency filters or Supplied air for unknown exposure levels

HEALTH EFFECTS FIRST AID AND DECONTAMINATION Eyes: Irritation and burns with possible eye Remove the person from exposure. damage Flush eyes with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Remove Skin: Irritation and burns with rash, dryness contact lenses if worn.

and redness Quickly remove contaminated clothing and wash contaminated skin with Inhalation: Nose and throat irritation with coughing large amounts of water. and wheezing Begin artificial respiration if breathing has stopped and CPR if necessary.

Headache, dizziness, nausea and Transfer to a medical facility. vomiting February 2008