Australia - English - APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority)
MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
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Date of Issue: March 2006
MSDS No. FMC/BRIG/2
IDENTIFICATION OF THE MATERIAL AND SUPPLIER
A granular Insecticide for control of certain pests in turf; ants, fleas and
ticks in external surrounds of buildings and structures.
FMC Australasia Pty Ltd.
Unit 26, 8 Metroplex Ave, Murarrie, Qld 4172
07 3908 9222
07 3908 9221
Emergency Telephone Number: 1800 033 111 (All hours - Australia wide).
Classified as hazardous according to criteria of NOHSC Australia.
Not classified as a Dangerous Good according to the ADG Code.
No Risk phrases have been established.
(See section 11 on Crystalline silica).
Keep out of reach of children.
Do not breathe dust.
Avoid contact with skin and eyes.
COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS
Quartz [Silica crystalline]
> 90% w/w
Other ingredient determined to be non hazardous
< 5% w/w
FIRST AID MEASURES
If poisoning occurs, contact a doctor or Poisons Information Centre. Phone
Australia (13 11 26).
If in eyes, hold eyes open and flush with water for at least 15 minutes. If
irritation occurs and persists, obtain medical attention.
If on skin or clothing, shake off and then wash skin with soap and water.
Remove patient to fresh air.
Advice to Doctors: Bifenthrin, the active ingredient in this product is a pyrethroid insecticide.
endotracheal tube may be preferred to vomiting. Treatment is otherwise controlled removal of
concentration of bifenthrin in this product, symptoms are unlikely to be caused by this product.
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FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES
Extinguishing media: Foam, CO
or dry chemical. Soft stream water fog if no alternatives.
Contain all runoff.
Hazards from combustion products: On burning will emit toxic fumes of carbon monoxide,
carbon dioxide, hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride etc.
Precautions for fire-fighters and special protective equipment: Isolate fire area. Evacuate
downwind. Wear full protective clothing and self-contained breathing apparatus. Do not
breathe or contact smoke, gases or vapours generated.
ACCIDENTIAL RELEASE MEASURES
Emergency procedures: Isolate and post spill area. Keep out unprotected persons and
animals. Wear prescribed protective clothing and equipment. Large spills should be dyked and
covered to prevent dispersal. Keep material out of streams and sewers. Vacuum, shovel or
pump spilled material into an approved container and if unable to use as directed on the label,
dispose of as listed in section 13.
Material and methods for containment and cleanup procedures: To clean spill area, tools
and equipment, wash with a solution of caustic or soda ash and an appropriate alcohol
(methanol, ethanol or isopropanol). Follow this by washing with a strong soap and water
solution. Absorb any excess liquid and add to drums of waste that cannot be re-used.
Do NOT allow spilled product or wash solution to enter sewers, drains, dams, creeks or any
HANDLING AND STORAGE
Precautions for Safe Handling: Ensure containers are kept closed until using product. Avoid
skin and eye contact. Do not breathe dust. When opening the container and using granules,
wear cotton overalls buttoned to the neck and wrist (or equivalent clothing).
Conditions for Safe Storage: Store in the closed original container, in a cool well ventilated
area, out of direct sunlight. Keep away from domestic pets, especially dogs. If dogs eat the
granules, contact your veterinary surgeon immediately.
EXPOSURE CONTROLS / PERSONAL PROTECTION
National Exposure Standards:
No NOHSC Australia exposure standard has been established for bifenthrin. The following
standard may apply to the product:
Exposure Standard (TWA)
Silica Crystalline (quartz)
a = TWA - Time-weight Average
b = STEL - Short Term Exposure Standard
Biological Limit Values:
No biological limit allocated.
Use in a ventilated area only. Ventilate all transport vehicles prior to unloading. Keep containers
close when not in use.
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Personal Protective equipment (PPE):
Work Clothing: Depending on circumstances encountered, wear long sleeve uniform or
overalls. Launder all clothes before reuse.
Eye Protection: Where potential for dust exists, wear chemical protective goggles or a face
Respiratory Protection: For dust exposure wear a properly fitted half face or full face air
purifying respirator. Respirator selection is based on airborne concentrations.
Gloves: Wear chemical protective gloves made of materials such as PVC, rubber or neoprene.
Wash the outside of gloves with soap and water prior to removal. Inspect regularly for leaks.
contamination. Wash skin before eating, drinking or smoking. Shower at the end of the workday.
PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES
Tan, solid granules.
Slightly musty odour.
Solubility in Water:
May support combustion at elevated temperatures.
Non corrosive; compatible with stainless steel, glass & aluminium.
Flashpoint (°C) :
Not applicable - granule.
Flammability Limits (%):
Product is a not a scheduled poison.
STABILITY AND REACTIVITY
Product is considered stable in ambient conditions for a period of at least 2 years after
Potential Health Effects:
Studies with laboratory animals have shown this product to have low acute toxicity. Ingestion of
large doses of bifenthrin (the active ingredient in this product) by laboratory animals produced
signs of toxicity which included clonic convulsions, tremors and bloody nasal discharge. This
product has only a very low proportion of bifenthrin (0.2%), and these symptoms are unlikely to be
caused by this product.
This product has low oral toxicity. Acute Oral LD
(rat) > 5000 mg/kg.
Non-irritating to the eye. Excessive exposure to granules may cause irritation to
the eyes. This product contains a granular material (sand) that may cause
mechanical irritation to the eyes.
Non-irritating to the skin. Acute Dermal LD
(rabbit) > 2000 mg/kg.
As this product is a granule it is unlikely to be an inhalation hazard.
Chronic: No data available on this formulation. In studies with laboratory animals, Bifenthrin
Technical (the active ingredient in this product) did not cause teratogenicity or reproductive
toxicity. Tremors were associated with repeated exposure of dogs, rats, rabbits, and mice to
bifenthrin. The overall results from a battery of genotoxicity studies indicate that bifenthrin is
not considered to be genotoxic. Ames test results were negative.
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TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION (Continued)
Crystalline silica - also known as silicon dioxide (SiO
) - is the basic component of sand,
quartz and granite rock and is found in varying proportions in aggregates, sand, mortar,
concrete and stone, and is also in the air and the soil. Processes which may give rise to
works, refractory brick production, abrasive blasting, agricultural ploughing and harvesting,
and the production of asphalt, agricultural chemicals, abrasives, glass and paint. If the dust
given off from working with these materials is fine enough to be breathed into the lungs, it is
termed "respirable". Certain exposures to crystalline silica can cause serious harm to human
health. Prolonged exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause silicosis.
NOHSC have classified crystalline silica as a hazardous substance, but have not given a
classification and have not allocated Risk phrases for this substance.
Environmental Toxicology: Bifenthrin is highly toxic to fish and aquatic arthropods with LC
values ranging from 0.0038 µg/L to 17.8 µg/L. In general, the aquatic arthropods are the most
sensitive species. Care should be taken to avoid contamination of the aquatic environment.
Bifenthrin had no effect on molluscs at its limit of water solubility. Bifenthrin is only slightly toxic to
both waterfowl and upland game birds (LC
values range from 1800 mg/kg to > 2,150 mg/kg).
Physical/Environmental Properties: No data is available on Brigade Granular Insecticide. The
active ingredient, bifenthrin (0.2%), degrades at a moderate rate in soils (t½ = 50 to 205 days),
and more rapidly on the surface of bare soils (t½ = 7 to 62 days). Bifenthrin is tightly bound in
Spills & Disposal: In the case of spillage contain spilled material by dyking. Dispose of waste
as indicated below or according to the Australian Standard 2507 - Storage and Handling of
Pesticides. Wear prescribed protective clothing and equipment. Keep material out of streams
and sewers. Vacuum, shovel or pump waste into an approved drum. To decontaminate spill
area, tools and equipment, wash with a suitable solution (ie organic solvent, detergent, bleach
or caustic) and add the solution to the drums of wastes already collected. Label for contents.
Dispose of drummed wastes, including decontamination solution, in accordance with the
requirements of Local or State Waste Management Authorities.
Dangerous to Fish: Do NOT allow spilled product or wash solution to enter sewers, drains, dams,
creeks or any other waterways.
Puncture, shred or bury empty containers in a local authority landfill. If not available bury the
containers below 500 mm in a disposal pit specifically marked and set up for this purpose
clear of waterways, vegetation and roots. Empty containers and product should not be burnt.
Road & Rail Transport: Brigade Granular Insecticide is not classified as Dangerous Goods
under the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail.
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TRANSPORT INFORMATION (Continued)
Marine and Air Transport: Brigade Granular Insecticide is a Marine Pollutant according to
International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and the International Air Transport
Association (IATA). If transporting by sea or air the following Dangerous Goods Classification
UN 3077, Class 9 (Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods), Packing Group
, Proper Shipping
Name ENVIRONMENTALLY HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE, SOLID, N.O.S. (Contains 0.2%
Classified as a hazardous substance according to criteria of NOHSC Australia, but no
classification or risk phrases have been established.
Under the Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Drugs and Poisons (SUSDP No. 20), this
product is a not a scheduled poison.
This product is registered under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Code Act 1994.
Product Registration No. 52791.
Product is not classified as a Dangerous Good according to the ADG Code (6
Product is classified as a Dangerous Good according to International Maritime Dangerous
Goods (IMDG) Code and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
13 March 2006 (revised to 16 section format, updated exposure standard, new
company name and corrected minor typographical errors).
Key to abbreviations and acronyms used in this MSDS:
Capable of causing damage to genetic material, such as DNA.
Accumulation of fluid in tissues.
Australian Dangerous Goods Code (for the transport of dangerous goods by
Road and Rail).
National Occupational Health and Safety Commission.
Personal protective equipment.
“Search Hazardous Substances”. HSIS NOHSC Australia website. (2006).
“Approved Criteria for Classifying Hazardous Substances” 3rd Ed. NOHSC Australia.
[NOHSC:1008 (2004)]. October 2004.
This MSDS summarises our best knowledge of the health and safety hazard information of the product
and how to safely handle and use the product in the workplace. Each user should read this MSDS and
consider the information in the context of how the product will be handled and used in the workplace
including in conjunction with other products.
If clarification or further information is needed to ensure that an appropriate risk assessment can be
made, the user should contact this company.