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Detonating Cord

Primaflex Safety Sheet

Chemical Composition

The product contains PETN, a white powder enclosed in plastic tapes, wrapped in man-made textile yarns, coated with an orange coloured plastic and wound on reels.

Hazards Identification

Detonating cord is classed as U.N. Division 1.1. explosives.
i.e. Substances which have a mass explosion risk.

(I)Explosion Serious
(ii) Lifting/handling Minor
(iii) Chemical exposure Minor
(iv) Inhalation/ingestion Minor

a) Personnel handling explosives must be trained in their use.
b) Personnel should be trained in lifting/handling.
c) Avoid ingestion and contact with skin.

First Aid Measures

Contact with the skin – wash thoroughly with water.
Contact with eyes – irrigate thoroughly with water for at least 15 minutes.
Seek medical advice in event of ingestion or inhalation.

Fire Fighting Measures

Fires involving explosives must NOT be fought. An area of at least 300 metres around the fire should be evacuated and the site of the fire must not be approached until it is absolutely certain that the fire is out. Use water based extinguishers to prevent fire reaching detonating cord.

Accidental Release Measures

Spillages of PETN/TNT should be carefully lifted and, preferably put into a drill hole for disposal by detonation: if this is not possible, the explosive should be destroyed in the manner described in U.I.E.’s leaflet sort_orderRECOMMENDED METHODS FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF EXPLOSIVES & ACCESSORIES”.

Handling & Storage

Explosives must be handled with care and not subject to naked flame, friction or shock. Smoking whilst handling explosives is forbidden. Keep product clean and free from contamination. Only cut detonating cord with a sharp knife on a wooden anvil or using proprietary cutters. Explosives may only be stored in licensed premises.

Exposure Controls / Personal Protection

When handling detonating cord, personnel are advised to wear overalls and suitable gloves, see sort_orderFIRST AID MEASURES” above.

Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical state Solid
Colour White powder inside the cord.
Odour None.
pH Neutral
Melting point 140 C
Solubility in water Insoluble
Density (g/cc) 1.76
Demposition temp. 190 C

Stability and Reactivity

Stable at normal temperatures.

Conditions to avoid
High temperatures, impact,friction, flames, sparks and static discharge.

Materials to avoid
Acids and Bases

Toxicological Information

The PETN is contained within a plastic sheath.

Ecological Information

When burned or detonated, these explosives may give off nitrogen oxides, oxides of carbon including carbon monoxide

Disposal Considerations

See above under sort_orderAccidental Release Measures”.

Transport Information

The Transport of Explosives is Controlled by sort_orderThe Packaging of Explosives for Carriage Regulations” (NI) 1993, and sort_orderThe Carriage of Explosives by Road Regulations” (NI) 1997.

Regulatory Information

The purchase of explosives is controlled under SRO (NI) No. 110 1970 (Control of Explosives Regulations”, and SR No. 488 1993 sort_orderThe Placing on the Market and Supervision of Transfer of Explosives Regulations” (NI) 1993. The Classification and Labelling of Explosives Regulations (N.I.) 1991 also apply.

R phases R3
S phases S35
EINECS No. 201-084-3 for PETN.
EC Annex 1 No. 201-084-3 for PETN.

Other Information

Ulster Industrial Explosives Limited conduct Training Courses in;

1. Shot Firing
2. Explosives Supervision

Course are approved by MPQC.
Telephone for details.

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