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Product Name: USG Durock Cement Board Next Gen-Old Product
Form: solid
Product Category: Home maintenance » underlayment board » Tile
Customer Service: 800-874-4968
Date Entered: 2012-06-18
Related Items: Products with similar usage in this database
Manufacturer: United States Gypsum Company
Address: 550 West Adams Street
City: Chicago
State: IL
Zip Code: 60661
Telephone Number: 312-436-4000
Toll Free Number: 800-874-4968
Date Info Verified: 2019-01-13
Related Items: Products by this manufacturer
The following information (Health Effects, Handling/Disposal, and Ingredients) is taken from the product label and/or the (Material) Safety Data Sheet, (M)SDS, prepared by the manufacturer. The National Library of Medicine does not test products nor does it evaluate information from the product label or the (M)SDS. (What is an (M)SDS?) (Complete (M)SDS for this product)
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Warnings: Dust can be corrosive to eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. Contact can cause severe chemical burns. Avoid breathing dust. Dust can contain silica. Prolonged and repeated breathing of silica dust can cause lung damage and/or cancer. Wear eye, skin and respiratory protection as necessary per working conditions. If eye contact occurs flush immediately with water for 30 minutes. Do not ingest. If ingested, call physician. If cutting board with a power tool, use a wet or vacuum saw to reduce the amount of dust generated. Panels are heavy and can fall over, causing serious injury or death. Avoid creating a tripping hazard and do not exceed floor limit loads. Dust can contain silica. Prolonged and repeated breathing of silica dust can cause lung damage and/or cancer. Product safety information: 800-507-8899 or usg. com. Customer Service: 800 USG-4-YOU (800 874-4968). KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Acute Health Effects: From MSDS:

Hazard Identification

Emergency Overview

This product is not expected to produce any unusual hazards during normal use. Exposure to high dust levels may irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat, or upper respiratory tract. Portland cement is a nuisance dust. However, portland cement is strongly alkaline and can cause severe injury. Contact with eyes or skin can cause irritation and possible irreversible tissue damage, corrosion damage, chemical burning and corneal damage. Wear eye and skin protection.

Potential Health Effects

Primary Routes of Entry: Inhalation, eyes and skin contact.

Inhalation: Exposure to dust generated during the handling or use of the product may cause temporary irritation to eyes, skin, nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract. Persons subjected to large amounts of this dust will be forced to leave area because of nuisance conditions such as coughing, sneezing and nasal irritation. Labored breathing may occur after excessive inhalation. If respiratory symptoms persist, consult physician. Inhalation of portland cement dust can irritate or burn the nose, throat, and mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract. Signs of excessive exposure to this dust include shortness of breath and reduced pulmonary function. If respiratory symptoms persist, consult physician.

Eye contact: Dust can cause temporary mechanical irritation of eyes. If burning, redness, itching, pain or other symptoms persist or develop, consult physician. Portland Cement is a strongly alkaline material and is very irritating to eyes. The extent of damage depends on duration of contact. Rapid response is very important to prevent significant damage to the eye (See Section 4, First Aid Measures). Portland cement can cause burns and cornea damage that may result in permanent damage with risk of blindness. Contact lenses should not be worn when working with portland cement. If burning, redness, itching, pain or other symptoms persist or develop, consult physician.

Skin contact: None known.

Ingestion: None known.
Chronic Health Effects: From MSDS:

Inhalation: Exposures to respirable crystalline silica are not expected during the normal use of this product; however, actual levels must be determined by workplace hygiene testing. Prolonged and repeated exposure to airborne free respirable
Carcinogenicity: IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer: 1- Carcinogenic to humans

NTP - National Toxicology Program (Health and Human Services Dept., Public Health Service, NIH/NIEHS): 1- Known to be carcinogen

ACGIH - American Conference of Governmental In
First Aid: Inhalation: Remove to fresh air. Leave the area of exposure and remain away until coughing and other symptoms subside. Other measures are usually not necessary, however if conditions warrant, contact physician.

Eye contact: In case of contact, do not rub or scratch your eyes. Due to portland cement content in this product, if eye contact occurs immediately flush eyes with copious amounts of water, occasionally lifting the lower and upper lids. Get medical attention immediately. Contact lenses should not be worn when working with this material.

Skin contact: Because of the potential of chemical burns due to the portland cement content of this product, flush exposed skin with copious amounts of water for at least 15 minutes depending on concentration, amount and duration of exposure. Wash with mild soap and water. Immediately remove all contaminated clothing, including footwear. Launder clothing before reuse. If irritation or pain persists get medical attention immediately. A commercially available hand lotion may be used to treat dry skin areas. If skin has become cracked, take appropriate action to prevent infection and promote healing. If irritation persists, consult physician.

Ingestion: Due to the alkalinity caused by the portland cement content of this product, get medical attention immediately.

Medical conditions that may be aggravated: Pre-existing upper respiratory and lung diseases such as, but not limited to, bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Pre-existing skin diseases such as, but not limited to, rashes and dermatitis. Some individuals with unusual hypersensitivity to hexavalent chromium (chromium+6) salts may exhibit an allergic response to portland cement, due to trace amounts of chromium in the portland cement. The response may appear in a variety of forms ranging from a mild rash to severe skin ulcers. Sensitized individuals may react immediately upon contact and others may first experience this effect after years of contact with portland cement products.

Notes to Physician: Skin irritation may occur hours or days after the time of portland cement exposure. The main types of skin reactions seen are dermatitis of the hands, forearms, and feet seborrheic eczema, stasis dermatitis, and, occasionally exfoliative dermatitis.
Health Rating: 1*
Flammability Rating: 0
Reactivity Rating: 0
HMIS Rating Scale: 0 = Minimal; 1 = Slight; 2 = Moderate; 3 = Serious; 4 = Severe; 
N = No information provided by manufacturer; * = Chronic Health Hazard
MSDS Date: 2011-01-01
Handling: Avoid dust contact with eyes and skin. Wear the appropriate eye and skin protection against dust. Minimize dust generation and accumulation. Avoid breathing dust. Wear the appropriate respiratory protection against dust in poorly ventilated areas and if TLV is exceeded. Use good safety and industrial hygiene practices. When moving board with a forklift or similar equipment, it is essential that the equipment be rated capable of handling the loads. The forks should always be long enough to extend completely through the width of the load. Fork spacing between supports should be one half the length of the panels or base being handled so that a maximum of 4 extends beyond the supports on either end.Cement panels are very heavy awkward loads posing the risk of severe back injury. Use proper lifting techniques.Store in a cool, dry, ventilated area away from sources of heat, moisture and incompatibilities. Protect product from physical damage. Protect from weather and prevent exposure to sustained moisture. Storing board flat will prevent the potential safety hazards of the board falling over. However, in other situations, storing the board flat may cause a tripping hazard or exceed floor limit loads.
Disposal: Dispose of material in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations. Never discharge directly into sewers or surface waters. Consult with environmental regulatory agencies for guidance on acceptable disposal practices.
Ingredients from (M)SDS/Label
ChemicalCAS No / Unique IDPercent
Trade secret or proprietary formula000000-02-1<20.0
Portland cement065997-15-1<50.0
Fly Ash068131-74-8<50.0
Shale, expanded, aggregates068334-37-2<30.0
Shale, expanded068476-95-9
(Complete (M)SDS for this product)
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