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BIS(2-CHLOROETHYL) ETHER ICSC: 0417
Date of Peer Review: October 2000

Dichloroethyl ether
2,2'-Dichloroethyl ether
1,1'-Oxybis(2-chloro)ethane
sym-Dichloroethyl ether
Diethylene glycol dichloride
CAS # 111-44-4 C4H8Cl2O / (ClCH2CH2)2O
RTECS # KN0875000 Molecular mass: 143.02
UN # 1916
EC Index # 603-029-00-2
TYPES OF HAZARD / EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Flammable. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking.
Water spray, foam, powder, carbon dioxide.
EXPLOSION Above 55C explosive vapour/air mixtures may be formed.
Above 55C use a closed system, ventilation.
In case of fire: cool cylinder by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
PREVENT GENERATION OF MISTS!

Inhalation Cough. Sore throat. Nausea. Vomiting. Burning sensation. Laboured breathing. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Refer for medical attention.
Skin MAY BE ABSORBED!
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention.
Eyes Redness. Pain.
Face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Burning sensation.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Induce vomiting (ONLY IN CONSCIOUS PERSONS!). Rest. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL PACKAGING & LABELLING
Ventilation. Remove all ignition sources. Collect leaking and spilled liquid in sealable containers as far as possible. Absorb remaining liquid in sand or inert absorbent and remove to safe place. Personal protection: chemical protection suit.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. Marine pollutant.
EU Classification
Symbol: T+
R: 10-26/27/28-40
S: (1/2-)-7/9-27-28-36/37-45
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 6.1
UN Subsidiary Risks: 3
UN Pack Group: II
EMERGENCY RESPONSE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61GTF1-II
NFPA Code: H3; F2; R1;
Fireproof. Separated from food and feedstuffs. See Chemical Dangers. Keep in the dark. Well closed.
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Programme on
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BIS(2-CHLOROETHYL) ETHER ICSC: 0417
IMPORTANT DATA
PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
CLEAR, COLOURLESS LIQUID, WITH CHARACTERISTIC ODOUR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
The vapour is heavier than air.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance can form explosive peroxides on exposure to air and light. The substance decomposes on burning or on contact with water, producing toxic fumes including hydrogen chloride. Reacts with strong oxidants. Reacts violently with chlorosulfonic acid and oleum.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: 5 ppm as TWA, 10 ppm as STEL; (skin); A4 (not classifiable as a human carcinogen); (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: 10 ppm, 59 mg/m; Peak limitation category: I(1); skin absorption (H); (DFG 2004).
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its vapour, through the skin and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful contamination of the air can be reached rather quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance irritates the eyes and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of vapour may cause lung oedema (see Notes). Exposure far above the OEL may result in death. The effects may be delayed. Medical observation is indicated.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Repeated or prolonged contact with skin may cause dermatitis.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 178C
Melting point: -50C
Relative density (water = 1): 1.22
Vapour pressure, kPa at 25C: 0.206
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 4.9
Flash point: 55C c.c.
Auto-ignition temperature: 369C
Explosive limits, vol% in air: 2.7-?
Octanol/water partition coefficient as log Pow: 1.29
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA

NOTES
The symptoms of lung oedema often do not become manifest until a few hours have passed and they are aggravated by physical effort. Rest and medical observation is therefore essential. Immediate administration of an appropriate inhalation therapy by a doctor or a person authorized by him/her, should be considered. An added stabilizer or inhibitor can influence the toxicological properties of this substance, consult an expert. Check for peroxides prior to distillation; eliminate if found. DCEE, Chlorex are trade names. Card has been partly updated in October 2005. See sections Occupational Exposure Limits, EU classification, Emergency Response.
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