Carbon Disulfide

CAS RN:75-15-0

Other Preventive Measures

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.

Areas suspected of high concn of carbon disulfide vapor should not be entered because of the explosion hazard.

... Clothing wet with liquid carbon disulfide should be placed in closed containers for storage until it can be discarded or until provision is made for the removal of carbon disulfide from the clothing. If the clothing is to be laundered or otherwise cleaned to remove the carbon disulfide, the person performing the operation should be informed of carbon disulfide's hazardous properties. Any clothing which becomes wet with liquid carbon disulfide should be removed immediately and not reworn until the carbon disulfide is removed from the clothing. Skin that becomes contaminated with carbon disulfide should be promptly washed or showered with soap or mild detergent and water to remove any carbon disulfide.

Large spill from a tank or from many containers or drums: First, isolate in all directions 70 feet, then evacuate in a downwind direction 0.2 square miles.

Carbon disulfide should not be allowed to enter a confined space, such as a sewer, because of the possibility of an explosion.

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. ...

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

Work clothing that becomes wet should be immediately removed due to its flammability hazard (i.e., for liquids with a flash point <100 deg F).

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.

Evacuation: ... If material leaking (not on fire) consider evacuation from downwind area based on amount of material spilled, location and weather conditions.

Personnel protection: Avoid breathing vapors. Keep upwind. Avoid bodily contact with the material. ... Do not handle broken packages unless wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. Wash away any material which may have contacted the body with copious amounts of water or soap and water. Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus when fighting fires involving this material. If contact with the material anticipated, wear appropriate chemical protective clothing.

Evacuation: If fire becomes uncontrollable or container is exposed to direct flame - consider evacuation of one-third (1/3) mile radius. ...

NO open flames, NO sparks, and NO smoking. NO contact with hot surfaces ... Closed system, ventilation, explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting. Prevent build-up of electrostatic charges (eg. by grounding). Do NOT use compressed air for filling, discharging, or handling. Do NOT expose to friction or shock ... STRICT HYGIENE! AVOID EXPOSURE OF (PREGNANT) WOMEN ... Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.

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