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COSHH - WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
In order to comply with the Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations 1988, you must be aware of the following information. Make sure you are - it could save your life one day!

PERSONAL SAFETY AND FIRST AID

HEALTH HAZARDS
Tetrahydrofuran (THF) is an organic solvent of relatively low toxicity. It may cause eye burns. Liquid THF defats the skin, and this may lead to irritation.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Do not get in eyes. Avoid contact with the skin. Wash thoroughly after handling. Avoid prolonged breathing of vapour. Use THF with adequate ventilation. Observe OSHA standards.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Personal protective equipment should be worn whenever there is the possibility of exposure or repeated contact with THF. The following personal protective equipment should be available and worn as appropriate to avoid exposure.

* Chemical splash goggles.
* Hard hat with brim.

FIRST AID
In case of contact of THF with eyes, immediately flush the eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes. Call a physician. If THF is swallowed do not induce vomiting. This is to avoid the possibility of aspiring the solvent into the lungs where it could produce severe lung irritation. Call a physician immediately. For skin contact, immediately flush exposed area with plenty of water.

PRECAUTIONS IN USE

FIRE HAZARDS
The chief hazard associated with the use of THF is its flammability. The flammability characteristics of THF are similar to those of acetone and n-hexane. Like these, THF is a Class 1B flammable liquid as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Every precaution should be taken to prevent exposure of THF to heat, open flames, sparks or other sources of ignition. Electrically ground all equipment.

SHIPPING CONTAINERS
Tetrahydrofuran is classed as a FLAMMABLE LIQUID under DOT regulations. Drums carry a FLAMMABLE LIQUID label.

USES SOLVENT

* Polishing P.V.C. Handrails.

STORAGE AND HANDLING

ENGINEERING CONTROL OF HAZARDS
The design of THF storage and handling facilities as well as operating areas should recognise the following key points :

* Store and handle THF in totally enclosed equipment where possible, or in systems designed to avoid human contact. If contact cannot be avoided, personnel must wear proper personal protective equipment.

* THF is a flammable liquid and should be stored and used in areas protected from flames, sparks and excessive heat.

Flammable
Irritant
Toxic
Harmful
Corrosive