Material Safety Data Sheet for Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet

Safety information for Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet.

  1. Product and Company Identification

    Product Name: Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet
    Material Number: SH005369
    Chemical Family: Thermoplastic Polymer Sheet
    Chemical Name: Bisphenol A Polycarbonate
  2. Hazards Identification

    Emergency Overview

    CAUTION! Color: tint Form: solid sheets Odor: slight.
    Melted product is flammable and produces intense heat and dense smoke during burning. Irritating gases/fumes may be given off during burning or thermal decomposition. May cause mechanical irritation (abrasion). Contact with hot material will cause thermal burns.

    Potential Health Effects

    Primary Routes of Entry: Inhalation, Skin Contact, Eye Contact
    Medical Conditions Aggravated by Exposure: Respiratory disorders

    Human Effects and Symptoms of Overexposure


    Acute Skin
    For Product: Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet
    Contact with heated material can cause thermal burns.


    Acute Eye
    For Product: Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet
    May cause mechanical irritation.

    General Effects of Exposure

    Acute Effects of Exposure

    For Product: Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet
    Gases and fumes evolved during the thermal processing or decomposition of this material may irritate the eyes, skin or respiratory tract.

    Chronic Effects of Exposure

    For Product: Makrolon® AR Polycarbonate Sheet
    Not expected to cause any adverse chronic health effects.

    No Carcinogenic substances as defined by IARC, NTP and/or OSHA

    Isopropanol IARC - Overall evaluation: 1 Human carcinogen.
    IARC - Overall evaluation: 3 Classification not possible from current data.
  3. Composition/Information on Ingredients

    Hazardous Components

    The following potentially hazardous ingredient(s) are used to formulate this product. As supplied, the ingredient(s) are bound in the polymer matrix. Because they are bound in the matrix, they are not expected to create any unusual hazards when handled and processed according to good manufacturing and industrial hygiene practices and the guidelines provided in this MSDS.

    This material is not hazardous under the criteria of the Federal OSHA Hazard Communication Standard 29 CFR 1910.1200.

    Massachusetts, New Jersey or Pennsylvania Right to Know Substance Lists:

    Weight % Components CAS-No.
    0.1-1% Isopropanol 67-63-0

    Other Ingredients

    Additional types of polycarbonate may be used as necessary to adjust the melt flow rate.

  4. First Aid Measures

    Eye Contact

    In case of contact, flush eyes with plenty of lukewarm water.

    Skin Contact

    In case of skin contact, wash affected areas with soap and water. Get medical attention if thermal burn occurs.


    If inhaled, remove to fresh air.


    Get medical attention.

  5. Fire-Fighting Measures

    Suitable Extinguishing Media

    water, foam, dry chemical, carbon dioxide (CO2)

    Special Fire Fighting Procedures

    Firefighters should be equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus to protect against potentially toxic and irritating fumes.

    Unusual Fire/Explosion Hazards

    Toxic and irritating gases/fumes may be given off during burning or thermal decomposition. Dust may form explosive mixtures with air.

  6. Accidental release measures

    Spill and Leak Procedures

    If molten, allow material to cool and place into an appropriate marked container for disposal.

  7. Handling and Storage

    Storage Temperature:

    maximum: 93 °C (199.4 °F)

    Storage Period

    Not Established

    Handling/Storage Precautions

    Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practices. Wash thoroughly after handling. Avoid breathing dust.

    Further Info on Storage Conditions

    Protect equipment (e.g. storage bins, conveyors, dust collectors) with explosion vents.

  8. Exposure Controls / Personal Protection

    Country specific exposure limits have not been established or are not applicable

    Isopropanol (67-63-0)

    US. ACGIH Threshold Limit Values
       Time Weighted Average (TWA): 200 ppm
    US. ACGIH Threshold Limit Values
       Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL): 400 ppm
    US. OSHA Table Z-1 Limits for Air Contaminants (29 CFR 1910.1000)
       PEL: 400 ppm, 980 mg/m3
    US. ACGIH Threshold Limit Values
       Hazard Designation: Group A4 Not classifiable as a human carcinogen.

    Industrial Hygiene/Ventilation Measures

    General dilution and local exhaust as necessary to control airborne vapors, mists, dusts and thermal decomposition products below appropriate airborne concentration standards/guidelines, especially during cutting, grinding and high heat operations.

    Respiratory Protection

    Although no exposure limit has been established for this product, the OSHA PEL for Particulates Not Otherwise Regulated (PNOR) of 15 mg/m3 - total dust, 5 mg/m3 - respirable fraction is recommended. In addition, the ACGIH recommends 3 mg/m3 - respirable particles and 10 mg/m3 - inhalable particles for Particles (insoluble or poorly soluble) Not Otherwise Specified (PNOS).

    Hand Protection

    Wear heat resistant gloves when handling molten material.

    Eye Protection

    safety glasses with side-shields.

    Skin and body protection

    No special skin protection requirements during normal handling and use.

    Additional Protective Measures

    Employees should wash their hands and face before eating, drinking, or using tobacco products. Educate and train employees in the safe use and handling of this product. Purgings should be collected as small flat thin shapes or thin strands to allow for rapid cooling.

  9. Physical and chemical properties

    Form: solid
    Appearance: sheets
    Color: tint
    Odor: slight
    pH: not applicable
    Melting Point: 220 - 230 °C (428 - 446 °F)
    Boiling Point/Range: not applicable
    Flash Point: > 450 °C (> 842 °F)
    Lower Explosion Limit: Not Established
    Upper Explosion Limit: Not Established
    Vapor Pressure: not applicable
    Specific Gravity: approximately 1.2
    Solubility in Water: Insoluble
    Autoignition Temperature: > 450 °C (> 842 °F)
    Decomposition Temperature: 380 °C (716 °F)
    Softening Point: 150 - 160 °C (302 - 320 °F)
    Bulk Density: 38 - 42 lb/ft3
  10. Stability and Reactivity

    Hazardous Reactions

    Hazardous polymerization does not occur.



    Materials to avoid

    None known.

    Conditions to avoid

    None known.

    Hazardous decomposition products

    By Fire and Thermal Decomposition: Carbon Dioxide; Bisphenol A; Phenol; Carbonic Acid, Diphenyl Ester; Carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, phenol derivatives

  11. Toxicological Information

    Toxicity Data for Isopropanol

    Acute Oral Toxicity

    LD50: 4,396 - 5,500 mg/kg (Rat)

    Acute Inhalation Toxicity

    LC50: 72.6 mg/l, 4 hrs (Rat)

    Acute dermal toxicity

    LD50: 12,800 mg/kg (Rat)

    Skin Irritation

    rabbit, Non-irritating

    Eye Irritation

    rabbit, Draize, Moderately irritating


    dermal: non-sensitizer (Guinea pig, Buehler)

    Repeated Dose Toxicity

    90 Days, inhalation: NOAEL: 1500 ppm, (Rat)


    Genetic Toxicity in Vitro:
    Ames: negative (Salmonella typhimurium, Metabolic Activation: with/without)
    Genetic Toxicity in Vivo:
    Micronucleus Assay: negative (mouse)

    Toxicity to Reproduction/Fertility

    Two generation study, oral, daily, (Rat) NOAEL (F1): 500 mg/kg, NOAEL (F2): 500 mg/kg,

    Developmental Toxicity/Teratogenicity

    Rat, inhalation, daily, NOAEL (teratogenicity): 8,575 mg/kg,

  12. Ecological Information

    Ecological Data for Isopropanol

    Acute and Prolonged Toxicity to Fish

    11,830 mg/l (Fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), 1 h)
    11,160 mg/l (Fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas), 24 h)

  13. Disposal considerations

    Waste Disposal Method

    Waste disposal should be in accordance with existing federal, state and local environmental control laws.

  14. Transportation information

    Land transport (DOT)


    Sea transport (IMDG)


    Air transport (ICAO/IATA)


  15. Regulatory Information

    United States Federal Regulations

    OSHA Hazcom Standard Rating: Non-Hazardous

    US. Toxic Substances Control Act: Listed on the TSCA Inventory.

    US. EPA CERCLA Hazardous Substances (40 CFR 302):


    SARA Section 311/312 Hazard Categories:

    Non-hazardous under Section 311/312

    US. EPA Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) SARA Title III Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substance (40 CFR 355, Appendix A):


    US. EPA Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) SARA Title III Section 313 Toxic Chemicals (40 CFR 372.65) - Supplier Notification Required:


    US. EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Composite List of Hazardous Wastes and Appendix VIII Hazardous Constituents (40 CFR 261):

    If discarded in its purchased form, this product would not be a hazardous waste either by listing or by characteristic. However, under RCRA, it is the responsibility of the product user to determine at the time of disposal, whether a material containing the product or derived from the product should be classified as a hazardous waste. (40 CFR 261.20-24)

    State Right-To-Know Information
    The following chemicals are specifically listed by individual states; other product specific health and safety data in other sections of the MSDS may also be applicable for state requirements. For details on your regulatory requirements you should contact the appropriate agency in your state.

    The concentrations reported below in units of parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb) are maximum values.

    Massachusetts, New Jersey or Pennsylvania Right to Know Substance Lists:

    Weight % Components CAS-No.
    >=1% Bisphenol A Polycarbonate 25971-63-5

    New Jersey Environmental Hazardous Substances List and/or New Jersey RTK Special Hazardous Substances Lists:

    Weight % Components CAS-No.
    0.1 - 1% Propylene Glycol Methyl Ether 107-98-2
    0.1 - 1% Methanol 67-56-1
    0.1 - 1% Isopropanol 67-63-0
    0.1 - 1% 1-Butanol 71-36-3

    MA Right to Know Extraordinarily Hazardous Substance List:

    Weight % Components CAS-No.
    3 ppm Methylene Chloride 75-09-2

    California Prop. 65: Warning! This product contains chemical(s) known to the State of California to be Carcinogenic.

    Weight % Components CAS-No.
    <3 ppm Methylene Chloride 75-09-2
  16. Other Information

    HMIS Rating

    Health 0
    Flammability 1
    Physical Hazard 0

    0=Minimal 1=Slight 2=Moderate 3=Serious 4=Severe * = Chronic Health Hazard

    The method of hazard communication for Sheffield Plastics Inc. is comprised of Product Labels and Material Safety Data Sheets. HMIS and NFPA ratings are provided by Sheffield Plastics Inc. as a customer service.

    Contact Person: Product Safety Dapartment
    Telephone: (412) 777-2835
    MSDS Number: 000000005369
    Version Date: 09/01/2006
    Report Version: 1.3

    This information is furnished without warranty, express or implied. This information is believed to be accurate to the best knowledge of Sheffield Plastics Inc.. The information in this MSDS relates only to the specific material designated herein. Sheffield Plastics Inc. assumes no legal responsibility for use of or reliance upon the information in this MSDS.