ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences



ACID FUCHSIN (Colour Index No. 42685) (C20H18N3010S3Na3)

Acid violet 19, fuchsin S, fuchsin SN, fuchsin SS, fuchsin ST, fuchsin S III, acid magenta, acid rubin, rubin S, saurefuchsin O, acid roseine, fuchsine acid.
Olive to dark olive­green coarse powder or crystals. Triaminotriarylmethane group of dyes.
Heading produces toxic oxides of nitrogen and sulphur. Can react vigorously with strong oxidising agents and strong acids.
This substance is a skin, eye and mucous membrane irritant and is toxic if ingested. Eye contact may also cause lacrimation and conjunctivitis. Prolonged skin contact may cause dermatitis. Ingestion may cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Avoid skin and eye contact.
Avoid inhalation or ingestion of the powder.
Keep away from heat.
Wash hands thoroughly after handling.
Wear protective clothing to avoid any contact with this dye. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown, rubber gloves, safety goggles and a face mask as a minimum standard.
Skin ­ immediately wash the affected area with soap or mild detergent and large amounts of water until evidence of the chemical has been removed.
(approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists or dermatitis develops seek medical attention.
Eyes ­ wash the affected eye with large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation or pain persist or conjunctivitis develops seek immediate medical attention.
Inhalation ­ remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. Keep warm and allow to rest. If discomfort persists seek medical attention.
Ingestion ­ wash the mouth thoroughly with water then give two to four glasses of water to drink. If the victim is conscious induce vomiting by touching a finger to the back of the throat. Seek medical advice.
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere away from heat, strong oxidising agents and strong acids.
Wear rubber gloves, face shield and laboratory coat. Have an all purpose canister respirator available.
Spills: A solution - absorb on paper. Evaporate in an iron pan in a flame proof fume hood then burn the paper.
A solid - sweep on to paper and place in an iron pan in a fume hood. Burn the paper and compound.
Package lots: A solid - make up packages in paper or other flammable material. Burn in the incinerator. Or the solid may be dissolved in a flammable solvent and sprayed into a fire chamber.
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