BASE FILM SAFETY SHEET
 


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POLYESTER FILM

CHEMICAL PRODUCT / COMPANY IDENTIFICATION

Material Identification

Polyester film (called PET film), non-PVdC coated.

Product Use

OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) requirements for Material Safety Data Sheets do not apply to the product described in this information sheet. This product is excluded as an article.

Uses include packaging, industrial, storage, and display.

Manufacturer / Distributor

Product is manufactured by AMPEF members.

Transport Emergency

CHEMTREC: 1-800-424-9300

COMPOSITION / INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS

Components

Material CAS Number  
     
Polyester film is:    

Polyethylene Terephthalate 

25038-59-9  

Made from ethylene glycol and
dimethyl terephthalate or
terephthalic acid.
   

Co-extrusion layers may be present.
Various fi
llers or additives used to
modify the physical appearance
and / or surface properties of the
various film types may be present
(for example):
   


Isophthalate Copolymer
(Coextrusion Layer)

24938-04-3  

Barium Sulfate

7727-43-7
 

Polypropylene

9003-07-0  

Silica Gel

63231-67-4  

Carbon Black

1333-86-4  

Titanium Dioxide

13463-67-7  


HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION

Emergency Overview

No known health hazards.


Appearance:

Solid film
 
Odor: Odorless  


Read the entire MSDS for a more thorough evaluation of the hazards.

Potential Health Effects

Decomposition products caused by overheating Polyethylene Terephthalate may cause skin, eye, or respiratory irritation.

Molten polymer can cause thermal burns.

All ingredients are fully incorporated into the product. Exposure to fillers encapsulated in the film polymer is not likely during normal use.

FIRST AID MEASURES

First Aid

Inhalation

No specific intervention is indicated, as the compound is not likely to be hazardous by inhalation.

However, if exposed to fumes from overheating or combustion, remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Call a physician if necessary.

Skin Contact

The compound is not likely to be hazardous by skin contact, but cleansing the skin after use is advisable.

If molten material gets on skin, cool rapidly with cold water. Do not attempt to remove material from skin. Obtain medical treatment for thermal burn.

Eye Contact

In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Call a physician.

Ingestion

Ingestion is not an expected route of exposure during normal use of the product. If ingested, consult a physician.

Notes to Physicians

Prolonged eye irritation may occur from pieces of debris sticking to the eyeball or eyelids.

FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES

Flammable Properties

Films can be combusted only by remaining in contact with flame. If flame source is stationary, the film will shrink away and self-extinguish. Film remaining in contact with flame can continue to burn slowly, dropping flaming liquid, which can spread the fire. Irritating fumes may be evolved at decomposition temperatures. During processing, films may pick up a strong static charge. Avoid discharge onto dust or solvent laden air as a flash fire or explosion may result.

Extinguishing Media

Use media appropriate for surrounding material.

Fire Fighting Instructions

Keep personnel removed and upwind of fire. Wear self-contained breathing apparatus. Wear full protective equipment.

ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES

Safeguards (Personnel)

NOTE: Review FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES and Handling (Personnel) sections before proceeding with cleanup. Use appropriate Personal Protective Equipment during cleanup.

Spill Cleanup

Films and film scraps can create a slipping hazard. Collect product for recovery or disposal.

HANDLING AND STORAGE

Handling (Personnel)

Do not breathe vapors or fumes that may evolve during processing.

Avoid skin contact with sharp film edges.

Handling (Physical Aspects)

Rolls of film may telescope. Use caution when handling.

Rolled film should be stored at the intended processing temperature for approximately 24 hours prior to use.

Plastic packaging materials can pick up a static charge. Polyester film rolls packaged with shrink wrap (or other plastic overwrap) should be opened or unwrapped only in non-process areas where ignition sources, such as solvents, are not in use or in storage.

Storage

Store away from heat and sources of ignition. Do not store in direct sunlight. Avoid prolonged storage in high or low temperatures. Recommended storage temperatures are 20F (-7C) to 100F (38C).

EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION

Engineering Controls

General exhaust is acceptable except where overheating can occur during processing. Remove fumes released by decomposition with local exhaust, if overheating occurs.

Movement of film over metal or rollers will produce a surface static charge on the film. Consider processing design and procedures that will reduce or dissipate this charge, and eliminate the possibility of unwanted electrical discharge to people, equipment, and materials.

Personal Protective Equipment

Eye / Face Protection

Wear safety glasses.

Respiratory Protection

Respirators are not needed for normal use.

Where airborne concentrations are expected to exceed exposure limits, a NIOSH approved respirator should be selected based on the form and concentration of the contaminant in air and in accordance with OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard CFR 1910.134.

Protective Clothing

If there is potential for contact with hot / molten material, wear heat-resistant impervious clothing and footwear.

Special protective clothing is not needed for normal use. Gloves are recommended as good industrial practice.


Exposure Guidelines
   

Applicable Exposure Limits
   
     
Polyethylene Terephthalate PEL (OSHA) None established
  TLV (ACGIH) None established

Barium Sulfate

PEL (OSHA)

15 mg / m3, total dust, 8 hr. TWA
    5 mg / m3, respirable dust, 8 hr. TWA
    TLV (ACGIH) 10 mg / m3, total dust, 8 hr. TWA

Polypropylene

PEL (OSHA)

None established
  TLV (ACGIH) None established

Silica Gel

PEL (OSHA)

80 mg / m3 / % SiO2 - 8 hr. TWA
  TLV (ACGIH) 10 mg / m3, 8 hr. TWA, total dust

Or See: Diatomaceous Earth (uncalcined) [61790-53-2]

Carbon Black

PEL (OSHA)

3.5 mg / m3, 8 hr. TWA
  TLV (ACGIH) 3.5 mg / m3, 8 hr. TWA, A4

Titanium Dioxide

PEL (OSHA)

15 mg / m3, total dust, 8 hr. TWA
  TLV (ACGIH) 10 mg / m3, total dust, 8 hr. TWA, A4


PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Physical Data

Form: Film
Color: Colorless to black (dependent on film type)
Melting Point: ~500F (~260C)
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Specific Gravity: 1.2 - 1.4
Vapor Pressure: Negligible @ 20C (68F)

STABILITY AND REACTIVITY

Chemical Stability

Stable at normal temperatures and storage conditions.

Incompatibility with Other Materials

None reasonably foreseeable.

Decomposition

Decomposition Temperature: >300C (>572F)

Decomposition products include carbon oxides, aldehydes, and terephthalic acid.

Polymerization

Polymerization will not occur.

TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Animal Data


Polyethylene Terephthalate

Oral ALD

> 10,000 mg / kg in rats


Polyethylene Terephthalate is not a skin irritant, but is a mild eye irritant.

ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Ecotoxicological Information

No information is available. Toxicity is expected to be low since films are insoluble in water.

DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS

Waste Disposal

Treatment, storage, transportation, and disposal must be in accordance with applicable Federal, State / Provincial, and Local regulations.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Shipping Information

DOT
Not Regulated

REGULATORY INFORMATION

U.S. Federal Regulations

TSCA Inventory Status

Check status with individual manufacturer.

SARA Regulations Sections 313 and 40 CFR 372

Check status with individual manufacturer.

FDA Status

Certain polyester film products may comply with FDA rules for food contact. Please contact manufacturers for specific "conditions of use" for individual film types. Polyester film products not marketed as being FDA compliant should not be used in food contact applications.

Clean Air Act Status

Check status with individual manufacturer.

State Regulations (U.S.)

CONEG Status

Check status with individual manufacturer.

California Proposition 65 Status

Check status with individual manufacturer.

OTHER INFORMATION

NFPA / NPCA-HMIS

NFPA Rating

Health: 1
Flammability: 1
Reactivity: 0

NPCA-HMIS Rating

Health: 0
Flammability: 1
Reactivity: 0

Additional Information

Medical Use

For medical applications, please contact manufacturers for details.

Polyester film products may contain some amount of post consumer recycled (PCR) polyester content. Please contact manufacturers for details.

Certain polyester film is certified to have a minimum of 25% PCR content. Please contact manufacturers for details.

The data in this Material Safety Data Sheet relates only to the specific material designated herein and does not relate to use in combination with any other material or in any process.