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Most Brick Acid hazards relate to the fact that it is a strong acid and has potential to cause serious damage to eyes and skin. Brick Acid is classified as 'Corrosive' or 'Irritant' according to its strength. In order for Brick Acid to be effective at removing concrete and mortar residues left on brickwork and tiles, Brick Acid needs to be of a certain strength and as a result, potential hazards may present if the material is not handled or stored correctly.
Brick Acid is often sold in various strengths and all manufacturer-supplied information and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) should be thoroughly read and understood before working with or handling Brick Acid of any strength.
When considering where to purchase Brick Acid, it is recommended that you buy from a reputable supplier with a proven track record. Brick Acid is a hazardous substance and should be treated with appropriate respect. Companies holding internationally-recognised Quality and Environmental accreditations will be able to offer the technical help and support you may require when working with Brick Acid. Such accreditations may include ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System, BS 8555 Environmental Standard, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and IIP (Investors in People). Always check the accreditations of your supplier.
Brick Acid may release a strong odour so it should always be used under fume extraction or in a well-ventilated area. In the event of this not being possible, a suitable respirator should be used. Brick Acid can cause serious damage to eyes, skin and the delicate mucous membranes of the nose, throat, respiratory system and digestive tract. For further information on Brick Acid Safety, please refer to the relevant page of this website.
The Regulations governing the Classification of Brick Acid and High Strength Brick Acid change on 1 December 2010. Before this date, CHiP Regulations are used, whilst after this date the new CLP Regulations come into effect. However, a period of approximately 5 years is allowed to accommodate the changeover period . The CHiP Regulations stand for CHiP (Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging) for Supply Regulations. The CLP Regulations stand for CLP 1272/2008 (Classification, labelling and Packaging) Regulation. Either format may be used on its own but may not be mixed on the label. CHiP formats can be used until 1 June 2015 or CLP can be used before this date. Full details of Brick Acid labelling requirements can be found on the relevant page of this website.
Under the new CLP 1272/2008 (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulations which come into effect on 1 December 2010, Brick Acid is classified into the following Hazard Categories:-
Associated Hazard Statements are:-
Precautionary Phrases then need to be chosen from a list, generally no more than 6 should be used.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should always be worn when handling or working with Brick Acid of any strength. This will include safety shoes or boots, approved eye protection in the form of safety glasses, safety goggles or full face mask when large quantities of Brick Acid are being handled. Full protective clothing should be worn to protect again splashing or contamination and this should be acid-resistant. Protective acid-resistant gloves or gauntlets should also be worn when handling this product.
Brick Acid should not be mixed or allowed to come into contact with any alkaline products, amines, inorganic hydrides, aldehydes or strong oxidising substances. Brick Acid must not be allowed to enter waterways as there is a risk of it causing harmful effects to aquatic organisms due to its ability to change the pH of water. Waste and residues of Brick Acid should be disposed of in accordance with local authority requirements.
Metal implements such as metal scrubbing brushes or metal buckets should not be used when working with Brick Acid of any strength as Brick Acid will seriously damage them. Brick Acid is severely 'Corrosive' towards all metals and will even attack stainless steel. If you have any doubts about using the product, you should always contact your Brick Acid supplier.
For further information on Brick Acid Uses, Brick Acid Labelling, Brick Acid Packaging and Transporting Brick Acid, please refer to the relevant pages of this website.
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