A material safety data sheet (MSDS) is a form containing data regarding the properties of a particular substance. An important component of product stewardship and workplace safety, it is intended to provide workers and emergency personnel with procedures for handling or working with that substance in a safe manner, and includes information such as physical data (melting point, boiling point, flash point, etc.), toxicity, health effects, first aid, reactivity, storage, disposal, protective equipment, and spill handling procedures. MSDS information may include instructions for the safe use and potential hazards associated with a particular material or product. MSDS can be found anywhere chemicals are being used.
Material Safety Data Sheet: Hydrogen
Formula : H2
Hydrogen is very flammable. It forms a potentially explosive mixture
with air over a wide composition range (4% - 75% hydrogen by volume).
Wear safety glasses. Work in a well ventilated area, preferably using a
fume cupboard. Remove any source of ignition, such as naked flames or
hot air guns, from the working area before starting. If hydrogen is
being moved through the area in balloons, watch out for sources of
ignition. Be aware that hydrogen may be ignited by static electricity.
Eye Contact : Unlikely to occur
Skin Contact : Unlikely to occur
If inhaled : Hydrogen is not poisonous, but is an asphyxiant.
Accidental inhalation of sufficient hydrogen to cause breathing problems
is unlikely, but if it occurs, remove the patient to fresh air. If
breathing has stopped, immediately start artificial respiration and call
for medical help.
Small amounts of hydrogen can be allowed to disperse naturally,
preferably through a fume cupboard.
Wear safety glasses because of the risk of fire or explosion.