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POTASSIUM OXALATE

6.1 - Poison 8 - Corrosive
Chemical Identifiers | Hazards | Response Recommendations | Physical Properties | Regulatory Information | Alternate Chemical Names

Chemical Identifiers

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CAS Number UN/NA Number DOT Hazard Label USCG CHRIS Code
  • 6487-48-5   (monohydrate)
  • 583-52-8   (anhydrous)
  • Poison
  • Corrosive
NFPA 704
data unavailable
NIOSH Pocket Guide International Chem Safety Card
none none
General Description
Odorless white solid. Sinks in and mixes slowly with water. (USCG, 1999)

Hazards

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Reactivity Alerts
none
Air & Water Reactions
Water soluble.
Fire Hazard
Behavior in Fire: Loses water at about 160┬░ and decomposes to carbonate with no charring. The reaction is not hazardous. (USCG, 1999)
Health Hazard
Inhalation of dust can cause systemic poisoning. Ingestion causes burning pain in throat, esophagus, and stomach; exposed areas of mucous membrane turn white; vomiting, severe purging, weak pulse, and cardiovascular collapse may result; if death is delayed, neuromuscular symptoms develop. Contact with eyes or skin causes irritation. (USCG, 1999)
Reactivity Profile
POTASSIUM OXALATE gives basic aqueous solutions. Reacts as a base to neutralize acids in reactions that generate heat, but less than is generated by neutralization of the bases in reactivity group 10. Can serve as a reducing agent in reactions that generate carbon dioxide.
Belongs to the Following Reactive Group(s)
Potentially Incompatible Absorbents

No information available.

Response Recommendations

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Isolation and Evacuation
Excerpt from ERG Guide 154 [Substances - Toxic and/or Corrosive (Non-Combustible)]:

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.

SPILL: Increase, in the downwind direction, as necessary, the isolation distance shown above.

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. (ERG, 2016)
Firefighting
Excerpt from ERG Guide 154 [Substances - Toxic and/or Corrosive (Non-Combustible)]:

SMALL FIRE: Dry chemical, CO2 or water spray.

LARGE FIRE: Dry chemical, CO2, alcohol-resistant foam or water spray. Move containers from fire area if you can do it without risk. Dike fire-control water for later disposal; do not scatter the material.

FIRE INVOLVING TANKS OR CAR/TRAILER LOADS: Fight fire from maximum distance or use unmanned hose holders or monitor nozzles. Do not get water inside containers. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out. Withdraw immediately in case of rising sound from venting safety devices or discoloration of tank. ALWAYS stay away from tanks engulfed in fire. (ERG, 2016)
Non-Fire Response
Excerpt from ERG Guide 154 [Substances - Toxic and/or Corrosive (Non-Combustible)]:

ELIMINATE all ignition sources (no smoking, flares, sparks or flames in immediate area). Do not touch damaged containers or spilled material unless wearing appropriate protective clothing. Stop leak if you can do it without risk. Prevent entry into waterways, sewers, basements or confined areas. Absorb or cover with dry earth, sand or other non-combustible material and transfer to containers. DO NOT GET WATER INSIDE CONTAINERS. (ERG, 2016)
Protective Clothing
Approved dust respirator; chemical goggles; rubber or plastic-coated gloves (USCG, 1999)
DuPont Tychem® Suit Fabrics
No information available.
First Aid
Act promptly!

INHALATION: remove victim to fresh air; if exposure to dust is severe, get medical attention.

INGESTION: call physician immediately; have victim drink dilute calcium lactate, lime water, chalk soln., or even milk; large amounts of calcium are required; administer gastric lavage with dilute lime water; watch for edema of the glottis and delayed constriction of esophagus.

EYES: flush with water and seek medical attention.

SKIN: flush with water. (USCG, 1999)

Physical Properties

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Chemical Formula:
  • K2C2O4.H2O
Flash Point: data unavailable
Lower Explosive Limit (LEL): data unavailable
Upper Explosive Limit (UEL): data unavailable
Autoignition Temperature: data unavailable
Melting Point: data unavailable
Vapor Pressure: data unavailable
Vapor Density (Relative to Air): data unavailable
Specific Gravity: 2.13 at 65.3 ° F (USCG, 1999)
Boiling Point: data unavailable
Molecular Weight: 184.24 (monohydrate) (USCG, 1999)
Water Solubility: data unavailable
Ionization Potential: data unavailable
IDLH: data unavailable

AEGLs (Acute Exposure Guideline Levels)

No AEGL information available.

ERPGs (Emergency Response Planning Guidelines)

No ERPG information available.

PACs (Protective Action Criteria)

Chemical PAC-1 PAC-2 PAC-3
Potassium oxalate monohydrate (6487-48-5) 2 mg/m3 22 mg/m3 130 mg/m3
Potassium oxalate (583-52-8) 2 mg/m3 22 mg/m3 130 mg/m3
(DOE, 2016)

Regulatory Information

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EPA Consolidated List of Lists

No regulatory information available.

DHS Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

No regulatory information available.

Alternate Chemical Names

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