Helium Safety Data Sheet
Printable version of the material safety data sheet for Helium industrial gas.
1. Identification of the substance/preperation and of the company/undertaking
Product name : Helium
Chemical formula : He
Use of substance : General Industrial
Company : Dixons of Westerhope Ltd, Westerhope, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE5 1LX
Emergency contact : 0800 433 4331
2. Composition/information on ingredients
Concentration is nominal. For the exact product composition, please refer to Dixons of Westerhope Ltd. technical specifications.
3. Hazards identification
Classification : R00 There are no known health hazards
Emergency Overview : High pressure compressed gas
High concentrations may cause asphyxiation
4. First aid measures
Inhalation : Remove victim to fresh air wearing self contained breathing apparatus. Keep victim warm and rested. Apply artificial respiration if breathing has stopped. In case of shortness of breath, give oxygen. Call a doctor.
Ingestion : Ingestion is not considered a potential route of exposure
5. Fire-fighting measures
Extinguishing media : All known extinguishing media can be used.
Specific hazards : Upon exposure to intense heat or flame, cylinder will vent rapidly or rupture violently. Product is non-flammable and does not support combustion. Move away from container and cool with water from a protected position. Keep containers and surroundings cool with water spray.
Protective equipment : Wear self-contained breathing apparatus for fire fighting if necessary.
6. Accidental release measures
Personal precautions : Evacuate the area. Monitor oxygen level and ventilate the area. Unless atmosphere is safe, wear self contained breathing apparatus.
Environmental precautions : Try to stop release. Prevent from further leakage if safe to do so. Do not discharge into low areas (e.g. basements)
Clean up methods : Ventilate the area.
7. Handling and storage
Handling : Open valve slowly. Do not allow backfeed into the container. Do not remove safety labels. Always use with specified equipment fit for purpose
Storage : Keep container in a well ventilated area. Store cylinder below 50°C
8. Exposure controls/personal protection
Exposure controls : Wear eye protection to EN 166 when using gases. Wear leather safety gloves and safety shoes when handling cylinders.
Personal protection : Ensure adequate ventilation.
9. Physical and chemical properties
Form : Compressed gas
Colour : Colourless gas
Odour : Odourless gas
Molecular weight : 4 g/mol
Vapour density : 0.14 (air - 1)
Specific volume : 6.037 m3/kg at 21°C
Boiling point : -269°C
Critical temperature : -268°C
Water solubility : 1.5 g/l
10. Stability and reactivity
Chemical stability : Stable under normal conditions
Hazardous decomposition products : None
11. Toxicological information
No known toxicological effects from this product
12. Ecological information
No known ecological effects from this product
13. Disposal considerations
Return cylinders to the supplier (used and unused)
14. Transport Information
Proper Shipping Name : Helium Compressed
UN ID no. : UN1046
Labelling ADA : 2.2 : Non flammable, non toxic gas
ADR/RID hazard ID no. : 20
Further information : Avoid transport on vehicles where the load space is not separated from the driver’s compartment. Ensure vehicle driver is aware of potential hazards of the load and knows what to do in the event of an accident or an emergency.
Before transporting gas cylinders
1. Ensure that cylinders are secured
2. Ensure cylinder valves are closed
3. Ensure cylinder shroud is secure
4. Ensure there is adequate ventilation
15. Regulatory information
Labelling according to EEC directive
Number in Annex I of Dir : Not included in Annex I. 67/548
16. Other information
Ensure all national and local regulations are observed.
R-phrase(s) Substance/preparation : R00 There are no known health hazards. Components prepared by : Dixons of Westerhope Limited. This safety data sheet has been established in accordance with the applicable European Directives and applies to all countries that have translated the Directives in their national laws.
Disclaimer of Liability:
Details given in this document are believed to be correct at the time of going to press. Whilst proper care has been taken in the preparation of this document, no liability for injury or damage resulting from its use can be accepted.