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General Description

Synonyms: Hydraulic cement; Cement; various trademark names are used

OSHA IMIS Code Number: P104

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry Number: 65997-15-1

NIOSH Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS) Identification Number: VV8770000

Chemical Description and Physical Properties:

fine grey powder used for the manufacture of concrete
molecular weight: Variable
vapor pressure: approx. 0 mm

Incompatibilities: None hazardous

Exposure Limits

OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):

General Industry: 50 mppcf (Silicates) (Z-3)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Recommended Exposure Limit (REL): 5 mg/m3 TWA

Health Factors

Potential Symptoms: Eye, nose irritation; coughing, expectoration, exertional dyspnea, wheezing, chronic bronchitis; dermatitis

Health Effects: Nuisance particulate (HE19) If quartz content is less than 1%. Irritation-Eye, Nose---Mild (HE16) IC_CAS_NUMBEL1165997-15-1*

Affected Organs: Respiratory system, eyes, skin

Monitoring Methods used by OSHA

Primary Laboratory Sampling/Analytical Method (SLC1):

  • sampling media: Tared Low Ash Polyvinyl Chloride (LAPVC) filter 5 microns preceded by 10 mm nylon cyclone
    maximum volume: 816 Liters
    maximum flow rate: 1.7 L/min
    current analytical method: Gravimetric analysis followed by X-ray Diffraction
    method reference: 11, 12, 2 (OSHA ID-142)
    method classification: Fully Validated
    note: Gravimetric analysis is field method for determining compliance with respirable Portland Cement standard. Following this analysis, submit sample to the Salt Lake Technical Center for X-ray diffraction analysis of respirable Quartz. Compliance can then be determined for both standards. If filter is not overloaded, samples may be collected up to an 8-hour period. Submit bulk sample in separate mailing container at time air samples are submitted.

** All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.