Safety Info about ABS; by Kendall
Disclaimer: This article is in no way meant to replace the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for the specific ABS material that we are using…
RE: ABS (Filament Form) Hazard descriptors
- Chronic/Carcinogenicity: None of the components present in this material are listed as a carcinogen. Under normal processing conditions, this product contains no toxic chemicals.
- Inhalation: ABS is not expected to be an inhalation hazard under normal processing conditions. Normal processing does not include degradation that can happen when overheated.
- Molten plastic: Can cause severe thermal burns.
- Fumes: Fumes produced during the melting processing, may cause eye, skin, and respiratory track irritation, and if overexposed, could cause nausea and headache.
- Secondary Operations: Grinding, sanding, or sawing, can product dust which may present a respiratory hazard.
- 1st Aid:
- Inhalation: Seek fresh air; seek medical attention if difficulties in breathing occur.
- Skin: If skin has contact with molten material, place affected area under cold running water. Seek medical attention for removal of material from the affected area.
- Eyes: If there is contact to the eyes with molten material, rinse with plenty of water and seek immediate medical attention. If fines enter the eye, rinse with water for 15 minutes and seek immediate medical attention if irritation develops.
- Medical Restrictions: Certain sensitive individuals and individuals with respiratory impairments may be affected by exposure to components in the processing fumes.
RE: Physical and Chemical Properties
- Softening Point: 82°C~107°C
- Flashpoint: 388°C~400°C
- AutoIgnition Temperature: 495°C~510°C
RE: Fire-Fighting Measures
- Extinguisher Media: Dry extinguisher, water, carbon dioxide, foam.
- Hazardous Combustion Products: During a fire, irritation and toxic gasses and aerosols may be generated by thermal decomposition and combustion.
- Protective Equipment for Fire-Fighting: Firefighters should be equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus.
RE: Handling and Storage
- Handling: Protect against flame and intense heat.
- Storage: Store in well ventilated area, avoid extreme heat and any of ignition, or open flames.
- Secondary Use/Reprocessing: When reprocessing material for secondary use, ground all handling equipment. Keep material and dust produced away from high heat and flame. Use good housekeeping practices when reprocessing material.
RE: Disposal Considerations
- Waste Information: Transfer to an approved area in accordance with Federal, State, and Local regulations.
Tip: Remember, 'Always' wear your safety glasses!