CAS RN:107-15-3

Other Preventive Measures

Care must be taken in handling because of caustic nature of ethylenediamine & irritating properties of its vapor.

Respirators may be used when engineering and work practice controls are not technically feasible, when such controls are in the process of being installed, or when they fail and need to be supplemented. Respirators may also be used for operations which require entry into tanks or closed vessels, and in emergency situations. ... If employees' clothing has had any possibility of being contaminated with solid ethylenediamine, employees should change into uncontaminated clothing before leaving the work premises. Clothing which has had any possibility of being contaminated with solid or liquid ethylenediamine should be placed in closed containers for storage until it can be discarded or until provision is made for the removal of ethylenediamine from the clothing. If the clothing is to be laundered or otherwise cleaned to remove the ethylenediamine the person performing the operation should be informed of ethylenediamine's hazardous properties. Where there is any possibility of exposure of an employee's body to solid or liquid ethylenediamine, facilities for quick drenching of the body should be provided within the immediate work area for emergency use. Any clothing which becomes wet with liquid ethylenediamine or non-impervious clothing which becomes contaminated with ethylenediamine should be removed immediately and not reworn until the ethylenediamine is removed from the clothing. ... Skin that becomes contaminated with ethylenediamine should be immediately washed or showered to remove any ethylenediamine. Workers subject to skin contact with solid or liquid ethylenediamine should wash any areas of the body which may have contacted ethylenediamine at the end of each work day. Eating and smoking sould not be permitted in areas where solid or liquid ethylenediamine are handled, processed, or stored. Employees who handle solid or liquid ethylenediamine should wash their hands thoroughly before eating, smoking, or using toilet facilities.

SRP: The scientific literature for the use of contact lenses in industry is conflicting. The benefit or detrimental effects of wearing contact lenses depend not only upon the substance, but also on factors including the form of the substance, characteristics and duration of the exposure, the uses of other eye protection equipment, and the hygiene of the lenses. However, there may be individual substances whose irritating or corrosive properties are such that the wearing of contact lenses would be harmful to the eye. In those specific cases, contact lenses should not be worn. In any event, the usual eye protection equipment should be worn even when contact lenses are in place.

SRP: Local exhaust ventilation should be applied wherever there is an incidence of point source emissions or dispersion of regulated contaminants in the work area. Ventilation control of the contaminant as close to its point of generation is both the most economical and safest method to minimize personnel exposure to airborne contaminants.

The worker should immediately wash the skin when it becomes contaminated.

The worker should wash daily at the end of each work shift.

Work clothing that becomes wet should be immediately removed due to its flammability hazard.

Workers whose clothing may have become contaminated should change into uncontaminated clothing before leaving the work premises.

SRP: Contaminated protective clothing should be segregated in such a manner so that there is no direct personal contact by personnel who handle, dispose, or clean the clothing. Quality assurance to ascertain the completeness of the cleaning procedures should be implemented before the decontaminated protective clothing is returned for reuse by the workers. Contaminated clothing should not be taken home at end of shift, but should remain at employee's place of work for cleaning.

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