ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences




2-Methylbutane, ethyldimethylmethane.
Keep away from eyes and skin.
Avoid inhalation and ingestion.
Keep away from heat or naked flames.
Earth containers before pouring.
Colourless liquid with characteristic odour.
Highly flammable liquid, the vapours are heavier than air and can travel along the ground for a considerable distance to a source of ignition and flash back. Static electricity can be produced when pouring from a large container. Toxicity data is not available. Eye and skin irritant. Causes redness and pain to eyes. Inhalation increases the risk of developing pneumonia, high concentrations can cause unconsciousness. Is a central nervous system depressant. The use of alcoholic beverages enhances the toxic effect of iso-pentane. Ingestion may cause abdominal pain and nausea.
Skin - Immediately wash the affected area with soap or mild detergent and large amounts of water until all evidence of the chemical has been removed (approximately 15 minutes). If irritation persists or dermatitis develops seek medical advice. Remove contaminated clothing and shoes and decontaminate before re-use.
Eyes - Immediately 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 persists seek immediate medical attention.
Inhalation - Remove from the area of exposure to fresh air. Keep warm and allow to rest. Seek medical advice.
Ingestion - Never give anything by mouth if the victim is losing consciousness, is unconscious or convulsing. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with water. Do not induce vomiting. Seek immediate medical attention.
No data available.
Store in a cool, dry atmosphere away from heat and incompatible substances.
Wear protective clothing. A long sleeved laboratory coat or gown with elasticised wrist bands, rubber gloves and safety goggles as a minimum standard.
For disposal of small amounts absorb on a filter paper or absorbent paper and burn in a fume hood. For large amounts use high temperature incineration.
No data available.


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