Sodium Carbonate (Wash Soda)

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Sodium Carbonate (Wash Soda)
Sodium Carbonate also known as Wash Soda is the sodium salt of carbonic acid. Often found in powder form, it's used in a wide range of industries, such as cleaning and personal care products, as a fungicide, microbiocide, herbicide, and pH adjustor.

In addition to its use in cleaning products, sodium carbonate is used in:
Chemical manufacturing
Food (e.g, anticaking agent)

Glass manufacturing
Personal care products (e.g., bubble bath, toothpaste, bath salts and soaks, scrubs)
Pulp and paper products
Swimming pool maintenance (to adjust the pH)
Therapeutic treatments (e.g., to treat dermatitides)
Veterinary medicine treatments (e.g., to treat ringworm, cleanse skin, treat eczema)
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NZ$ 7.00 - 295.00
Price:
NZ$ 5.60 - 236.00
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Cas No: 497-19-8

Name: SODIUM CARBONATE

Other Names: SODIUM CARBONATE ANHYDROUS, SODA ASH LIGHT, SODA ASH DENSE, SODIO CARBONATO DENSO FRANCESE (SODA ASH DENSE).

Usage: Glass Chemical Intermediate Water Treatment Detergent. metallurgy, Chemical manufacturing
Food (e.g, anticaking agent), Personal care products (e.g., bubble bath, toothpaste, bath salts and soaks, scrubs)
Pulp and paper products
Swimming pool maintenance (to adjust the pH)
Therapeutic treatments (e.g., to treat dermatitides)
Veterinary medicine treatments (e.g., to treat ringworm, cleanse skin, treat eczema)

Hazard(s) identification

Hazard statements: Causes serious eye irritation

Precautionary statements: 

  • Wash contaminated skin thoroughly after handling.
  • Wear protective gloves/ protective clothing/ eye protection/ face protection.
  • Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
  • If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/ attention

In emergency dial 111, and then ask for Fire, Ambulance or Police as necessary.

In case of poisoning phone National Poisons Centre – 0800 764 766

FIRST AID MEASURES

Inhalation                    Remove victim from exposure - avoid becoming a casualty. Remove contaminated clothing and loosen remaining clothing. Allow patient to assume most comfortable position and keep warm. Keep at rest until fully recovered. Seek medical advice if effects persist.
Skin Contact If skin or hair contact occurs, remove contaminated clothing and flush skin and hair with running water. If swelling, redness, blistering or irritation occurs seek medical assistance.
Eye contact If in eyes wash out immediately with water. In all cases of eye contamination it is a sensible precaution to seek medical advice.
Ingestion Rinse mouth with water. If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting. Give a glass of water to drink. Never give anything by the mouth to an unconscious patient. If vomiting occurs give further water. Seek medical advice.
Notes to physician Treat symptomatically.
For First Aiders Wear safety shoes, overalls, gloves, apron, chemical goggles, respirator. Use with adequate ventilation. Always wash hands before smoking, eating, drinking or using the toilet. Wash contaminated clothing and other protective equipment before storing or re-using.

FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES

Hazchem Code                  Not applicable
Suitable extinguishing media                    If material is involved in a fire use water fog (or if unavailable fine water spray), alcohol resistant foam, standard foam, dry agent (carbon dioxide, dry chemical powder).
Specific hazards Non-combustible material.
Fire fighting further advice Not applicable

ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES

Small Spills                           Wear protective equipment to prevent skin and eye contamination. Avoid inhalation of vapours or dust. Wipe up with absorbent (clean rag or paper towels). Collect and seal in properly labelled containers or drums for disposal.
Large Spills Clear area of all unprotected personnel. Slippery when spilt. Avoid accidents, clean up immediately. Wear protective equipment to prevent skin and eye contamination and the inhalation of dust. Work up wind or increase ventilation. Cover with damp absorbent (inert material, sand or soil). Sweep or vacuum up, but avoid generating dust. Collect and seal in properly labelled containers or drums for disposal. If contamination of crops, sewers or waterways has occurred advise local emergency services.

HANDLING AND STORAGE

Handling                               Avoid eye contact and repeated or prolonged skin contact. Avoid inhalation of dust.
Storage Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place and out of direct sunlight. Store away from foodstuffs. Store away from sources of heat and/or ignition. Keep container standing upright. Keep containers closed when not in use - check regularly for spills.

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