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   Conforms to EU Directive 91/155/EEC, as amended by 2001/58/EC ­Europe




1.   Identification of the substance/preparation and company/undertaking


Identification of the substance or preparation

Product name


Use of the substance/preparation

: Fertiliser (NPK 13­40­13)

Company/undertaking identification


Manufacturer / Supplier



Postbox 75519


1070 AM Amsterdam







2.   Compensition/information on ingredients


Substance/preparation   : Preparation

Ingredient name

CAS number


EC number


Potassium nitrate Ammonium nitrate See section 16 for the full text of the R­phrases declared above

7757­79­1 6484­52­2

0 40 0 40

231­818­8 229­347­8

O; R8 O; R8


Occupational exposure limits, if available, are listed in section 8.

Contains some or all of the following in addition to ammonium nitrate and/or potassium nitrate: mono¬and di-ammonium phosphate, potassium sulphate, potassium phosphate, ammonium sulphate, secondary nutrients and micro nutrients.

Total: 40% < ammonium nitrate + potassium nitrate < 65%


3. Hazards identification


The preparation is not classified as dangerous according to Directive 1999/45/EC and its amendments.

See section 11 for more detailed information on health effects and symptoms.

4. First-aid measures


Inhalation :         Avoid breathing dust. If inhaled, remove to fresh air.

Ingestion :     If potentially dangerous quantities of this material have

 been swallowed, call a physician immediately. Do not

 induce vomiting unless directed to do so by medical

 personnel. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious


Skin Contact :       Avoid prolonged or repeated contact with skin. After

   handling, always wash hands thoroughly with soap and

   water. Get medical attention if irritation develops.

Eye contact :         In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of

water. Get medical attention if irritation occurs.


See section 11 for more detailed information on health effects and symptoms.

5. Fire-fighting measures


Extinguishing media:   Use water only in flooding quantities. Do NOT use chemical

     extinguisher or foam or attempt to smother the fire with

  steam or sand.

Special exposure hazards :  Fire-fighters should wear positive pressure self-contained

  breathing apparatus(SCBA) and full turnout gear.

Hazardous thermal :     These products are carbon oxides (CO, CO2), nitrogen

     oxides (NO, NO2 etc.),

decomposition products:     sulphur oxides (SO2 , SO3 , etc.), phosphates. Some metallic


Remark Explosibility:  The product itself is not combustible but it can support

  combustion, even in absence of air. On heating it melts

  and further heating can cause decomposition, releasing

  toxic fumes containing nitrogen oxides and ammonia.


6. Accidental release measures


Personal precautions:    If released in large quantities: Immediately contact

  Emergency personnel. Eliminate all ignition sources. Keep

  unnecessary personnel away. Use suitable protective

  equipment (Section 8). Follow all fire fighting procedures

  (Section 5). Do not touch or walk through spilt material.

Environmental precautions: Avoid contact of spilt material with soil and prevent runoff

     entering surface

and clean-up methods: waterways. Use a tool to scoop up solid or absorbed

  material and place into appropriate labelled waste

  container. Avoid all possible sources of ignition

  (spark or flame). Avoid creating dusty conditions and

  prevent wind dispersal.


Note: see section 8 for personal protective equipment and section 13 for waste disposal.



7. Handling and storage


Handling : Avoid creating dust when handling and avoid all possible

  sources of ignition (spark or flame). Avoid contamination

by any source including metals, dust and organic materials.

Storage :   Store and use away from heat, sparks, open flame, or any

  other ignition source.

  Avoid contact with combustible materials. Prevent  

  moisture pick-up in handling and storage.


8. Exposure controls/personal protection


Ingredient name  Occupational exposure limits

Ammonium nitrate ACGIH TLV (United States, 2000).

  TWA: 10 mg/m3 15 minute(s).


Respiratory protection :    Use a properly fitted, particulate filter respirator complying

  with an approved standard if a risk assessment indicates

  this is necessary. Respirator selection must be based on

  known or anticipated exposure levels, the hazards of the

  product and the safe working limits of the selected


  Recommended: If dust is generated and ventilation is

  inadequate, use respirator that will protect against


Hand protection :       Chemical-resistant, impervious gloves or gauntlets

  complying with an approved standard should be worn at all

  times when handling chemical products if a risk 

  assessment indicates this is necessary: PVC , butyl rubber

  , nitrile rubber ,natural rubber (latex).

Eye protection :     Recommended: Use dust goggles if high dust

    concentration is generated.

Skin protection :      Personal protective equipment for the body should be

     selected based on the task being performed and the risks

  involved and should be approved by a specialist before

  handling this product. Wash hands, forearms and face

  thoroughly after handling chemical products, before eating,

  smoking and using the lavatory and at the end of the

  working period. Appropriate techniques should be used to

  remove potentially contaminated clothing. Wash 

  contaminated clothing before reusing. Ensure that eyewash

  stations and safety showers are close to the workstation





9. Physical and chemical properties


General information


Physical state :     Solid. (Crystalline solid.)

Important health, safety and environmental information

pH :    5 to 7 (Conc. (% w/w): 1) [Acidic.]

Melting/freezing point :   >170°C (338°F) (Ammonium nitrate)

Density (g/cm3 ) :   0.8 to 1.3 g/cm3

Solubility :    Easily soluble in cold water, hot water

10. Stability and reactivity


Stability :     Stable under recommended storage and handling

     conditions (see section 7).

Materials to avoid :   Reactive or incompatible with the following materials:

     reducing materials, combustible materials, organic

     materials and acids.

Hazardous decomposition:  These products are carbon oxides (CO, CO2 ), nitrogen

     oxides (NO, NO2 etc.),

products:   sulphur oxides (SO2 , SO3 , etc.), phosphates. Some metallic


11. Toxicological information


Potential acute health effects

Adverse health effects are considered unlikely, when the product is used according to directions.


Acute toxicity

Ingredient name

Test  Result   Route Species

Potassium nitrate


Ammonium nitrate

LD50    3750 mg/kg  Oral  Rat

LD50    1901 mg/kg  Oral    Rabbit

LD50    2217 mg/kg  Oral  Rat


12. Ecological information


Ecotoxicity data

Ingredient name

   Species Period Result

Potassium nitrate

Poecilia reticulata   (LC50) 96 hour(s) 180 mg/l

Poecilia reticulata  (LC50) 96 hour(s) 200 mg/l


Adverse effects : Used in excess quantities the product can cause

   eutrophication in water.

The product is not expected to harm the environment when

used properly according to directions.

Remarks :      The product does not show any bioaccumulation


13. Disposal considerations


Methods of disposal :     Empty containers or liners may retain some product


Do not empty into drains; dispose of this material and its

container in a safe way.

Dispose of in accordance with all applicable local and

national regulations.

Hazardous waste :   Within the present knowledge of the supplier, this product is

   not regarded as hazardous waste, as defined by EU Directive



14. Transport information


Not regulated.

Not classified as hazardous material according to UN Orange Book and international

transport codes e.g. ADR (road), RID (rail), ADN (inland waterways) and IMDG (sea).

15. Regulatory information


EU regulations

Risk phrases :    This product is not classified according to EU legislation.

Product use :    Industrial applications.


Classification and labelling have been performed according to EU Directives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC (including amendments) and the intended use.


Additional warning phrases : Safety data sheet available for professional user on


16. Other information


Full text of R-phrases referred to : R8- Contact with combustible material may cause


in sections 2 and 3 - Europe

Full text of classifications :    O - Oxidising

referred to in sections 2 and 3 -




Date of issue : 2005-09-05.

Date of previous issue : No previous validation.

Version :   1

Indicates information that has changed from previously issued version.


Notice to reader

To the best of our knowledge, the information contained herein is accurate.

However, neither the above-named supplier, nor any of its subsidiaries, assumes any

liability whatsoever for the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein.

Final determination of suitability of any material is the sole responsibility of the user.

All materials may present unknown hazards and should be used with caution.

Although certain hazards are described herein, we cannot guarantee that these are the only hazards that exist.

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