May 03, 2016

For Greater Safety: Gasodor® S-Free Receives New Hazardous Material Classification

As part of the REACh registration of the main ingredients of Gasodor, ethyl acrylate and methyl acrylate, further tests were performed on the toxic and eco-toxic potential of the two substances. These tests resulted in a stricter classification of the two materials.

When complying with workplace safety guidelines, no negative health effects are to be expected for employees handling the substances – neither from acute exposure nor from repeated, long-term exposure.

The current safety study (link) clearly shows that this reclassification of Gasodor® S-Free has no effect on consumer safety, as the quantities of the two substances are 500-times lower than the permitted concentration thresholds.

Classification According to REACh

Due to the further testing on the toxic and eco-toxic properties of the two acrylates, these now carry the additional classifications of acute toxicity category 3 (H331) for inhalation exposure and chronic aquatic toxicity category 3 (H412) and are to be labeled with the hazard pictograms GHS 02 (flammable, self-heating, self-reactive, pyrophoric, organic peroxides) and GHS 06 (acute toxicity).

The same classification and labeling now applies – effective immediately – to the sulfur-free natural gas odorant Gasodor® S-Free.

Safe Handling in the Workplace

Due to their flammability and irritating properties, strict safety guidelines have long been in place for handling acrylates and the Gasodor® S-Free compound with regard to maximum acute exposure for consumers and end consumers of odorized gas as well as for their proper handling in the workplace, during transport and in storage.

Furthermore, Gasodor® S-Free has a very low threshold for olfactory perception and has a very unpleasant odor.

Due to the already existing strict safety guidelines and the ease of detecting exposure early on due to the substances’ odor and irritation of the eyes and nose, the new classifications H331 and H412 do not require any changes to how Gasodor® S-Free should be handled.

Direct skin and eye contact is to be avoided, the workplace threshold for acrylates is to be observed and the product should not be released into the environment.

Further information can be found in the safety data sheet in the “Downloads” section.

A safety study performed by an independent institute can be found here......