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Guide 170

 

Name of Material
 
 
Zirconium suspended in a liquid (flammable)
 
 
GUIDE
170
METALS (Powders, Dusts, Shavings, Borings, Turnings, or Cuttings, etc.)
 
POTENTIAL HAZARDS

FIRE OR EXPLOSION

  • May react violently or explosively on contact with water.
  • Some are transported in flammable liquids.
  • May be ignited by friction, heat, sparks or flames.
  • Some of these materials will burn with intense heat.
  • Dusts or fumes may form explosive mixtures in air.
  • Containers may explode when heated.
  • May re-ignite after fire is extinguished.

HEALTH

  • Oxides from metallic fires are a severe health hazard.
  • Inhalation or contact with substance or decomposition products may cause severe injury or death.
  • Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.
  • Runoff from fire control or dilution water may cause pollution.
PUBLIC SAFETY
  • CALL Emergency Response Telephone Number on Shipping Paper first. If Shipping Paper not available or no answer, refer to appropriate telephone number listed on the inside back cover.
  • As an immediate precautionary measure, isolate spill or leak area in all directions for at least 50 meters (150 feet) for liquids and at least 25 meters (75 feet) for solids.
  • Stay upwind, uphill and/or upstream.
  • Keep unauthorized personnel away.

PROTECTIVE CLOTHING

  • Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
  • Structural firefighters' protective clothing will only provide limited protection.

EVACUATION

Large Spill

  • Consider initial downwind evacuation for at least 50 meters (160 feet).

Fire

  • If tank, rail car or tank truck is involved in a fire, ISOLATE for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions; also, consider initial evacuation for 800 meters (1/2 mile) in all directions.

In Canada, an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) may be required for this product. Please consult the shipping document and/or the ERAP Program Section.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE

FIRE

  • DO NOT USE WATER, FOAM OR CO2.
  • Dousing metallic fires with water will generate hydrogen gas, an extremely dangerous explosion hazard, particularly if fire is in a confined environment (i.e., building, cargo hold, etc.).
  • Use DRY sand, graphite powder, dry sodium chloride-based extinguishers, G-1® or Met-L-X® powder.
  • Confining and smothering metal fires is preferable rather than applying water.
  • Move containers from fire area if you can do it without risk.

Fire involving Tanks or Car/Trailer Loads

  • If impossible to extinguish, protect surroundings and allow fire to burn itself out.

SPILL OR LEAK

  • ELIMINATE all ignition sources (no smoking, flares, sparks or flames in immediate area).
  • Do not touch or walk through spilled material.
  • Stop leak if you can do it without risk.
  • Prevent entry into waterways, sewers, basements or confined areas.

FIRST AID

  • Ensure that medical personnel are aware of the material(s) involved and take precautions to protect themselves.
  • Move victim to fresh air.
  • Call 911 or emergency medical service.
  • Give artificial respiration if victim is not breathing.
  • Administer oxygen if breathing is difficult.
  • Remove and isolate contaminated clothing and shoes.
  • In case of contact with substance, immediately flush skin or eyes with running water for at least 20 minutes.
  • Keep victim calm and warm.
 
 
 
 
Date Modified:
2016-08-25