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COMPRESSED AIR
Product Name:
Air, Compressed
Chemical Name:
Air
Formula:
N/A 0
Chemical Family: Nonflammable gas 0 0
Use:
Various
Synonyms:
Medical Air, Breathing Air, Compressed Air
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NFPA Fire: 0 HMIS Fire:
0 Acute:
No

NFPA Health: 0 HMIS Health:
0 Chronic:
No

NFPA Reactivity: 0 HMIS Reactivity:
0 Fire:
No

NFPA Special Hazard: Mixture:
No Reactive:
No

Sudden Release Pressure:
Yes
02. INGREDIENTS - COMPOSITION & INFORMATION

PERCENT EXPOSURE GUIDELINES
COMPONENT CAS No. (BY WT.) OSHA - TWA ACGIH - STEL

Air

132257-10-0

100.0%

100.0%

None.

None.

LD50: None. LC50: None.
03. HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION

EMERGENCY OVERVIEW:

Caution:
High pressure gas.

May accelerate combustion.

Potential Health Effects Information:

Inhalation:
At atmospheric pressure air has no adverse health effects. For elevated pressure

exposure see Section 11 - Toxicological Information.

Eye:
None.

Skin:
None.

Ingestion:
None.

Carcinogenicity:
None.

Chronic Effects:
None established.

Medical Conditions Aggravated By
None.

Overexposure:

Carcinogenicity:
Not listed in NTP, OSHA or IARC
04. FIRST AID MEASURES

Inhalation:
Not Applicable

Eye:
None.

Skin:
None.

Ingestion:
None.

Notes To Physician:
None.
05. FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES

Flash Point:
Not applicable; Gas.

Autoignition:
Not applicable

Flammable Limits - Lower:
Not applicable

Flammable Limits - Upper:
Not applicable

Extinguishing Media:
Air is nonflammable but will support combustion. Use extinguishing media

appropriate for surrounding fire.

Fire Fighting Instructions:
Evacuate all personnel from the danger area. If possible, shut off flow of air which

is supporting the fire. Immediately cool containers with water spray from maximum

distance. When cool, move containers from fire area, if without risk.

Compressed air at high pressures may accelerate combustion of other materials.

Upon exposure to intense heat or flame, cylinder will vent rapidly and or rupture

violently. Most cylinders are designed to vent contents when exposed to elevated

temperatures.

Pressure in a container can build due to heat (fire) and it may rupture if pressure

relief devices should fail to function.

Hazardous Combustion Products:
None.

Sensitivity To Static Discharge:
None.

Sensitivity To Mechanical Impact:
None.
06. ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES

Steps to be taken is material is released
Shut off source of air, if possible. If leaking from cylinder or its valve, contact your

or spilled:
supplier.
07. HANDLING AND STORAGE

Storage:
Store and use with adequate ventilation. Cylinders should be stored upright with

valve protection cap in place and firmly secured to prevent falling or being knocked

over. Protect cylinders from physical damage; do not drag, roll, slide or drop. Do

not allow storage area temperature to exceed 125°F (52°C). Full and empty

cylinders should be segregated. Use a first-in, first-out inventory system to prevent

full containers from being stored for long periods of time.

Handling:
Use a suitable hand truck for cylinder movement. Never attempt to lift a cylinder

by its valve protection cap. Keep cylinders and their valves free from oil and

grease. Open valve slowly. If user experiences difficulty operating cylinder valve,

discontinue use and contact supplier. Never insert an object (e.g., wrench,

screwdriver, pry bar, etc.) into valve cap openings. Doing so may damage valve,

causing a leak to occur. Never strike an arc on a compressed gas cylinder or make

a cylinder a part of an electrical circuit. Use a adjustable strap wrench to remove

over-tight or rusted caps. For additional precautions in using air see Section 16 -

Other Information
08. EXPOSURE CONTROLS - PERSONAL PROTECTION

Engineering Controls:

Ventilation:
None required.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Skin Protection:
None required.

Glasses:
Safety glasses are recommended when handling cylinders.

Shoes:
Safety shoes are recommended when handling cylinders.

Gloves:
Work gloves are recommended when handling cylinders.

Respirator:
None required.
09. PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Physical State:
Gas

Color:
Colorless gas.

Odor:
Odorless

Molecular Weight:
28.975

Boiling Point:
-317.8°F (-194.3°C)

Specific Gravity:
1.00 At 70°F (21.1°C) @ 1 atm, Air = 1

Freezing/Melting Point:
-357.2°F (-216.2°C) at 1 atm

Vapor Pressure:
Not applicable.

Vapor Density:
.07493 lb./cu ft (1.2 kg/CuM), At 70°F (21.1°C) @ 1 atm

Water Solubility:
.0292 Vol./Vol. At 32° F (0°C)

Expansion Ratio:
Not Applicable - Gas

pH:
Not Applicable - Gas

Odor Threshold:
Not applicable.

Evaporation Rate:
Not Applicable - Gas

Coefficient Of Water/Oil Distribution:
Not applicable.
10. STABILITY AND REACTIVITY

Chemical Stability:
Stable.

Conditions To Avoid:
None.

Incapability With Other Materials:
None.

Hazardous Decomposition Products:
None.

Hazardous Polymerization:
Will not occur.
11. TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Caution:
Air is nontoxic and is necessary to support life. Inhalation of air in high pressure

environments can result in symptoms similar to overexposure to oxygen. These

include tingling of fingers, impaired coordination, and confusion. Decompression

sickness (Bends) is possible following decompression. Decompression equipment

may be required if exposed to high pressure environment.

Additional Notes to Physician:
None.

Irritancy Of Material:
None.

Reproductive Effects:
None.

Teratogenicity:
None.

Synergistic Materials:
None.

Sensitization To Material:
None.

Mutagenicity:
None.
12. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Ecotoxicity:
No adverse ecological effects are expected. Air does not contain any Class I or

Class II ozone depleting chemicals (40 CFR Part 82). Air is not listed as a marine

pollutant by DOT (49 CFR Part 171).
13. DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS

Waste Disposal Method:
Do not attempt to dispose of residual or unused quantities. Return cylinder to

supplier.

For emergency disposal, secure the cylinder discharge slowly to the atmosphere.
14. TRANSPORT INFORMATION

DOT/IMO Shipping Name:
Air, compressed.

Hazard Class:
2.2 (Nonflammable Gas)

Identification Number:
UN 1002

PIN:
1002

Product RQ:
None.

Shipping Label:
Nonflammable gas

Special Shipping Information:
Cylinders should be transported in a secure position, in a well ventilated vehicle.

The transportation of compressed gas cylinders in automobiles or in closed-body

vehicles can present serious hazards and should be discouraged.

Placard (When Required):
Nonflammable Gas.

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