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Formula: PVC compound
Other names: -
Appearance: Beige or blue solid plastic
Solubility in water: Insoluble
Thermal decomposition: At temperatures over 165°C it decomposes, giving off carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen chloride fumes
Melting Point: >120°C
Flash Point: >300°C
A meltable PVC compound. The blue and beige colours are very similar, except the blue grade is harder.
Making PVC moulds
The molten plastic can cause serious burns, as it sticks to the skin on cooling.
Fumes may cause irritation to the eyes.
Fumes can cause nausea and possible irritation of the mucus membrane.
Not a fire hazard, but will decompose and emit fumes if heated. See Decomposition above.
Use carbon dioxide, dry chemical powder or dry sand to extinguish a fire.
Wear gloves, but not made of PVC
Wear safety glasses
Ensure adequate ventilation to disperse fumes
Do not dispose into drains or water. The material is bioaccumulative, but not significantly toxic.