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Guidance on Safe Use

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First-aid measures


IF INHALED: If breathing is difficult, remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing.

If experiencing respiratory symptoms: Call a POISON CENTRE or doctor/physician.


Rinse mouth.

IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTRE or doctor/physician.

Skin Contact:

IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water.

Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.

If skin irritation or rash occurs: Get medical advice/attention.

Eye Contact:

Hold eyelids apart and flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes.

If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention.

Fire-fighting measures

Suitable extinguishing media:

As appropriate for surrounding fire.

Water spray, dry powder or carbon dioxide.

Unsuitable extinguishing media:


Hazardous decomposition products:

No information available.

Advice for fire-fighters:

Dike fire control water for later disposal.

Do not allow to enter drains, sewers or watercourses.

Fire fighters should wear complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus.

Fire esidues and contaminated fire estinguishing water must be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

Accidental release measures

Personal precautions:

Avoid breathing dust.

Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, avoid direct contact.

Environmental precautions:

Spillages or uncontrolled discharges into watercourses must be alerted to the appropriate regulatory body.

Methods for cleaning up:

Sweep spilled substances into containers if appropriate moisten first to prevent dusting.

Use vacuum equipment for collecting spilt materials, where practicable.

Collect spillage.

Transfer to a lidded container for disposal or recovery.


Ensure adequate ventilation.

Handling and storage


Provide adequate ventilation.

Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

Avoid creating and  breathing dust.

Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

Contaminated work clothing should not be allowed out of the workplace.

Wash hands thoroughly after handling.


Store locked up.

Restircited to professional (industrial) users. Avoid exposure obtain special instructiosn before use.

Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/ eye protection/face protection

Transport information

Land transport (UN RTDG/ADR/RID)

UN number:
Shipping information
Proper shipping name and description:
TOXIC SOLID, N.O.S. (Cobalt Oxide).
Chemical name:
Cobalt oxide
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Marine transport (UN RTDG/IMDG)

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Additional transport information

Additional information
Special provisions / remarks / other:
Transport in bulk according to Annex II of MARPOL73/78 and the IBC Code:
Not permitted.
Environmental Hazards:
ADR, RID, ADN = Environmentally Hazardous Substance (EHS), IATA = Not EHS,
IMDG Code = Marine Pollutant (MP)
EHS/MP (Not required for Air).
F-A, S-F.
ADR Tunnel Restriction Code:

Exposure controls / personal protection

Exposure limit values:

Cobalt Oxide(CAS No. 1307-96-6)

WEL, OEL (United Kingdom): 0.1 mg/m³ [LTEL (8 hr TWA)]

Engineering measures:

Provide adequate ventilation.

Personal protection:

Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.

In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection.

Eye/face protection: Wear eye protection with side protection (EN166).

Skin protection: Wear protective clothing and gloves: Butyl rubber, Neoprene, PVC.

Respiratory protection: A suitable dust mask or dust respirator with filter type P (EN143 or EN405) may be appropriate.

Stability and reactivity

Chemical Stability:

Stable under normal conditions.

Conditions to avoid:

No information available.

Incompatible materials:

Hydrogen peroxides.

Hazardous Decomposition Product(s):

Reduced to cobalt by carbon or carbon monoxide.

See also section: Fire-fighting measures.

Disposal considerations

Recover or recycle if possible.

Dispose of contents/container to: Licensed recycler.

Dispose of contents in accordance with local, state or national legislation.

Type: Hydro-metallurgical sludge and iron filter cakes.


Internal or external landfilling.

Recycling in process.

Type: Sludge from on-site WWTP.


Internal or external landfilling.


Recycling internally or externally.

Type: Packaging materials.




Recycling internally or externally.

Type: Metal dusts and scraps.

Method: Recycling internally or externally.

Type: Other wastes: Out of specification products, Waste water, Spent catalysts, Solvents, Contaminated materials, Battery casings.



Reuse in process.





Type: Scraps, Cuttings, Dusts, Solvents, Solutions, Sludges, Contaminated materials, Off-specification batches, Spent catalysts.

Method: To be disposed of as hazardous waste.

Type: Solid municipal waste: Paper/Card-board, Metal, Glass, Plastics, Textile, Organic matter, Other.


Municipal waste landfill.

Municipal waste incineration.


Dispose of contents in accordance with local, state or national legislation.



Workplace Exposure Limit (UK HSE EH40)

OEL       Occupational Exposure Limits

TWA       Time Weighted Average

LTEL       Long Term Exposure Limit