SILESTONE®
Safety
Data
Sheet

REV.8 – 10/2018        

PRINTING DATE: NOVEMBER 2018

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Warning: This Safety Data Sheet (SDS) has been prepared for professionals (stonemasons, installers, etc.) who mechanically process material in a way that could generate respirable dust. If you are going to process material in this way, please read this information carefully.
Processing material incorrectly or without taking appropriate safety measures can cause serious illness.

The employers of workers who process material are responsible for informing their employees, for ensuring that the workplace complies with applicable regulations aimed at limiting occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. They are also responsible for implementing the required workplace health and safety measures.

 

 

CONTENT

  1. Identification of the substance or mixture and the company or firm
  2. Hazard identification
  3. Composition/component information
  4. First aid
  5. Fire suppression measures
  6. Measures to take in case of accidental spillage
  7. Handling and storage
  8. Exposure control/individual protection
  9. Physical and chemical properties
  10. Stability and reactivity
  11. Toxicity information
  12. Environmental information
  13. Disposal considerations
  14. Transportation information
  15. Regulatory information
  16. Other information

 

 

SECTION 1. Identification of the substance or mixture and the company or firm

 

1.1 Product identification

 

Sold as: Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE®, ECO by Cosentino® (includes entire product family)

Identity of the substances that contribute to the mixture classification: Crystalline silica (SiO2) (quartz, cristobalite)

 

1.2 Relevant identified uses of the substance or mixture and non-recommended uses

Identified uses: Quartz surface intended for indoor use, primarily as a worktop in kitchens and baths, flooring, sinks,

shower trays, wall panelling, and other similar uses.

 

Contraindicated uses: Do not mechanically process the material using a dry method; avoid producing dust.

 

1.3 Information on manufacturer and provider of the safety data sheet

 

Manufacturer:*

COSENTINO, S.A.U.

Autovía A-334, salida 60. 04850 Cantoria (Almería) – Spain

Tel.: +34 950 41 75 / Fax: +34 950 42 26 – info@cosentino.com

www.cosentino.com

 

* Other sources possible, see labels on slab for more information

 

Safety data sheet provider (if different than the manufacturer):

United Kingdom:

Cosentino UK Ltd.

Unit 10 Bartley Point, Osborn Way    RG27 9GX, Hook, Hampshire

Ireland:

Cosentino Ireland Ltd.

Unit 39, Fonthill Industrial Park, Fonthill Road – Dublin 22

United States of America/Canada:

C&C North America,Inc.

355 Alhambra Circle, Ste. 1000

Coral Gables, FL 33134

Australia:

Cosentino Australia Pty Ltd.

270 Beech Road, Casula Nsw 2170

New Zealand:

Cosentino New Zealand Ltd

Level 27, Lumley Centre, 88 Shortland Street Auckland Central, Auckland, 1010

South Africa PTY:

Cosentino South Africa Pty Ltd

3 Sandown Valley Crescent, Sandown, Sandton, Gauteng, 2196

Malaysia:

Cosentino Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Unit 5,05, Level 5, Menara MBMR, No. 1 Jalan Syed Putra, 58000 Kuala Lumpur

   

 

1.4 Emergency response phone number

 

ChemTel Inc. (24/7/365, multilingual):

Worldwide: +1-813-248-0585

United States: 1-800-255-3924 (toll free)   Australia: 1-300-954-583

China: 400-120-0751                                                            Mexico: 01-800-099-0731

India: 000-800-100-4086                                     Brazil: 0-800-591-6042

SECTION 2. Hazard identification

 

2.1 Substance or mixture classification

Total crystalline silica content (SiO2) of product: 50-90%

 

Regulation (EC) nº1272/2008 (CLP) / GHS ver. 7:

STOT RE 1: Specific target organ toxicity — repeated exposure. Category 1

H372: Causes damage to organs (lung) through prolonged or repeated exposure (via inhalation).

H350i: May cause cancer by inhalation.

STOT SE 3: Specific target organ toxicity — single exposure. Category 3.

H335: May cause respiratory irritation

CLP Regulation (EC) n.º 1272/2008, does not provide for any hazards associated with the finished Silestone®, Silestone ® Integrity®,

N-BOOST by SILESTONE® or ECO by Cosentino® products. However, given that it contains crystalline silica (SiO2) as quartz or cristobalite, dust particles may be generated during the mechanical processing or preparation of Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE® or ECO by Cosentino® (cutting, shaping, perforation, engraving, etc.). These particles, which include respirable crystalline silica, may remain suspended in the air. Large-scale inhalation of this portion of mineral dust and crystalline silica can cause serious illnesses, including pneumoconiosis, pulmonary fibrosis (silicosis), lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease.

The finished material has been certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute as a material that meets indoor air quality standards for volatile organic compounds (Certification no. 2903-410 for Indoor Air Quality & 2904-420 for Children & Schools). The material has also received other certifications attesting to its harmlessness to human health, including an LGA Hygiene Tested certificate and an NSF International certificate guaranteeing the material is food-safe.

 

2.2 Label information

 

Regulation (EC) nº1272/2008 (CLP) / GHS ver. 7:

 

Hazard symbols:

 

Warning word:

DANGER

Hazard statements:

H372: Causes damage to organs (lung) through prolonged or repeated exposure (via inhalation).

H350i: May cause cancer by inhalation.

H335: May cause respiratory irritation

 

Precautionary statements:

P201: Obtain special instructions before use.

P202: Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood.

P260: Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.

P264: Wash hands and face thoroughly after handling.

P270: Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

P284: Wear respiratory protection for particle filtering (P3)

 

See sections 7 and 13 for information on proper storage and disposal, and section 8 for information on exposure control.

 

2.3 Other hazards

 

Results of the PBT and vPvB evaluations: This mixture does not meet PBT standards according to Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006, Annex XIII. (Section 12) This mixture does not meet vPvB standards according to Regulation (EC) no. 1907/2006, Annex XIII.

SECTION 3. Composition/component information

 

3.1 Substances

 

Not applicable

 

3.2 Mixtures

 

Composition (%):

The material is made up of inorganic mineral fillers (85-95%) that include quartz, silica sand, cristobalite, glass, silicon, feldspar and ceramic particles in different proportions depending on the product; it also contains polymerised polyester resin (5-15%), and the rest (<5%) is made up of pigments and additives.   Substances in the mixture that constitute a health or environmental hazard under Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008, are classified as PBT/vPvB or are included on the Candidate List:  

Indicators IUPAC Name Concentration Classification – Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008
CAS No: 14808-60-7

CE No: 238-878-4

Crystalline silica (SiO2): Quartz 50-90% STOT RE 1, H372

STOT SE 3, H335

Carc. 1A, H350i

CAS No: 14464-46-1

CE No: 238-455-4

Crystalline silica (SiO2): Cristobalite

 

Mixture components subject to occupational exposure limits: Section 8

The full text of the said hazard information is given in section 16.

SECTION 4. First aid

 

4.1 First aid description

 

For the finished material, no special measures are required, but there are some requirements for processing and preparation, as indicated below:

 

General recommendations:

Have the label or safety data sheet to hand when you call the emergency number or consult a doctor. Move the affected person away from the source of the exposure. Give them fresh air and rest. Do not give the victim anything to drink if they are unconscious.

 

The symptoms of poisoning may appear after exposure, meaning that if there is any concern or if an illness persists, call a doctor and show them the SDS for this product.

 

Inhalation:

Do not inhale dust produced by material processing. If poisoning symptoms appear, move the affected person out of the exposure area and get them some fresh air. Use assisted respiration if the victim is having a serious reaction. Call for medical attention if the symptoms worsen or persist.

 

Contact with skin:

Wash thoroughly with soap and water.

 

Contact with eyes:

Rinse eyes with plenty of room-temperature water for at least 15 minutes. Prevent the affected person from rubbing or closing their eyes. If the victim wears contact lenses, these should be removed unless stuck to the eyes, as failure to do so may cause additional injury. Call for medical attention if the symptoms worsen or persist.

 

4.2 Main symptoms; acute and delayed effects

 

Inhalation:

During the mechanical processing of this product, particularly if the processing recommendations of using water and suitable air filtering and venting systems are not followed, a fraction of fine particles of mineral dust and crystalline silica may be suspended in the air. Prolonged contact and/or large-scale inhalation of this respirable dust can cause pneumoconiosis, pulmonary fibrosis (commonly known as silicosis), lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease. The main symptoms of silicosis are a cough and difficulty breathing (see section 11).

 

4.3 Medical attention and special treatments that should be provided immediately

 

If uncertain or if symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

SECTION 5. Fire suppression measures

 

5.1 Extinguishers

 

Fire resistance: Category: A2, s2, d0

 

Suitable fire-fighting tools: Any suitable tool for fighting the type of fire at hand. Polyvalent powder extinguishers are recommended.

 

5.2 Hazards specific to the substance or mixture

 

Not flammable. No dangerous thermal decomposition.

 

5.3 Recommendations for fire-fighters

 

If a fire is declared: depending on the size of the fire, it may be necessary to wear complete protective gear and self-contained breathing apparatus. At least minimal emergency facilities and tools must be available (fire blankets, portable first-aid kit, etc.) in accordance with R.D.486/1997 and later regulations.

Personal protective equipment: Depending on the fire at hand.

SECTION 6. Measures to take in case of accidental spillage

 

6.1 Personal precautions, protective equipment and emergency procedures

 

Not applicable. The finished material poses no spillage risks.

 

6.2 Environmental precautions

 

Not applicable. The finished material poses no spillage risks.

 

6.3 Cleaning containment methods and equipment

 

Not applicable. The finished material poses no spillage risks.

 

6.4 Reference to other sections

 

Personal protective equipment: Section 8

 

Waste treatment: Section 13

SECTION 7. Handling and storage

 

7.1 Safe handling precautions

 

Manual handling:

Handling Silestone® requires no special measures. The user should take responsibility for carrying out a risk evaluation in accordance with workplace risk prevention regulations.

 

It is advisable to take the precautions listed below:

  • Safe handling systems (crane, racks with safety bars, etc.) should be used. Slings should be durable and well protected, as this material has greater cutting capabilities than natural stone;
  • Personal Protective Equipment should be used. Wear a helmet, safety shoes, safety glasses and gloves while handling and storing Silestone®.

 

Processing and installation:

The employers of professionals who process the material should equip the workplace with the relevant occupational health and safety measures for limiting worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica and ensuring that the workplace complies with applicable local regulations on this subject.

 

It is very important that mechanical processing of the material during processing and installation is carried out using wet methods with water. Dry mechanical processing must be avoided, as the dust produced may contain respirable crystalline silica (SiO2).

 

Dust exposure should be monitored and controlled using appropriate control measures, such as:

  • Machines and tools with water supply systems or the “wet method”, with an appropriate water treatment system.
  • Natural and/or forced-air ventilation systems that ensure air renewal in work areas.
  • Cleaning and maintenance. Use of vacuum and/or water cleaning systems; sweeping and using compressed air is to be avoided, as are other methods that may cause dust to be airborne. Put preventive maintenance programmes in place at facilities to ensure suitable tidiness, cleanliness and operational conditions for work equipment.

 

For working with the material, it is advisable to consult the “Good Practices Guide”, available via the manufacturer’s website (https://www.silestone.com) or upon request from the supplier of this SDS.

 

7.2 Safe storage conditions, including possible incompatibilities

 

No specific conditions are needed for safe storage, save storage in an appropriately enclosed and covered area. Avoid hard impacts that could break the material.

 

The product is not covered by Directive 2012/18/EU (SEVESO III).

 

7.3 Specific end uses

 

There are no specific recommendations for end uses.

SECTION 8. Exposure control/individual protection

 

8.1 Control parameters

 

8.1.1 Occupational exposure limits

 

Respirable dust fraction in the European Union:

 

European Directive 2004/37/EC has been modified by European Directive 2017/2398 dated 27/12/2017 to include a limit value for occupational exposure to the respirable fraction of crystalline silica of 0.1 mg/m3 (at 20ºC and 101.3 kPa).

 

 

Substance Indicators Country/Authority Environmental Limit – Daily Exposure
Crystalline silica: Quartz Respirable fraction CAS No: 14808-60-7

CE No: 238-878-4

Germany 2
Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Luxembourg, Switzerland 0.15 mg/m3
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Slovakia, France, Greece, Lithuania, Norway, UK, Romania, Czech Republic, Sweden 0.1 mg/m3
Bulgaria 0.07 mg/m3
Cyprus 10 mg/m3 K/Q1
Spain, Ireland 0.05 mg/m3
Finland 0.2 mg/m3
Italy, Portugal 0.025 mg/m3
Lithuania
Malta 3
Netherlands 0.075 mg/m3
Poland 0.3 mg/m3
Crystalline silica: Cristobalite Respirable fraction CAS No: 14464-46-1

CE No: 238-455-4

Germany 2
Austria, Slovenia, Luxembourg, 0.15 mg/m3
Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland, Spain, France, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Sweden 0.05 mg/m3
Bulgaria 0.07 mg/m3
Cyprus, Lithuania
Slovakia, Finland, Hungary, UK, Czech Republic 0.1 mg/m3
Italy, Portugal 0,025 mg/m3
Malta 3
Netherlands 0,075 mg/m3
Poland 0.3 mg/m3
Inert dust

Not specified

Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland 6 mg/m3
Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, 3 mg/m3
Bulgaria, Ireland, UK 4 mg/m3
Denmark, France, Greece, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden 5 mg/m3
Estonia 0.1 mg/m3
Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic
Lithuania, Romania 10 mg/m3

Source: IMA-Europe. Date: May 2010 (https://www.ima-europe.eu/content/respirable-dust-oels-may-2010). / 1 Missing information for Latvia. – To be completed. 2 Q: quartz percentage – K=1 / 3 Germany has no more OEL for quartz, cristobalite, tridymite. Employers are obliged to minimize exposure as much as possible, and to follow certain protective measures. / 4 When needed, Maltese authorities refer to values from the UK for OELVs which do not exist in the Maltese legislation.

 

Respirable dust fraction in the United States:

 

Substance Quartz

(respirable)

Cristobalite
(respirable)
Inert dust

(respirable)

CAS No 14808-60-7 14464-46-1
OSHA – PEL

(8 hour TWA)

0.05 mg/m3 0.05 mg/m3 5 mg/m3
NIOSH – REL

(10 hour TWA)

0.05 mg/m3 0.05 mg/m3
ACGIH – TLV

(8 hour TWA)

0.025 mg/m3 0.025 mg/m3
Adopted by / law name See section 16
OEL name (if specific)  Permissible exposure limit (PEL) / Recommended exposure limit (REL) / Threshold Limit Value (TLV)

Source: OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits – Annotated Tables https://www.osha.gov/dsg/annotated-pels.

Respirable dust fraction in Australia and New Zealand:

Substance Crystalline silica: Quartz Crystalline silica: Cristobalite
CAS No 14808-60-7 14464-46-1
Australia OEL Respirable dust 0.1 mg/m3

(8 hour TWA)

Respirable dust 0.1 mg/m3

(8 hour TWA)

New Zealand (Workplace exposure standards) Respirable dust 0.1 mg/m3

(8 hour TWA)

Respirable dust 0.1 mg/m3

(8 hour TWA)

Source: Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) – Safe Work Australia: http://hcis.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/; New Zealand Workplace exposure standards and biological exposure indices: https://worksafe.govt.nz/topic-and-industry/work-related-health/monitoring/exposure-standards-and-biological-exposure-indices/

Other substances with an occupational exposure limit:

 

Substance Indicators Country/Authority Environmental limit – Daily exposure
Soot CAS No: 1333-86-4

CE No: 215-609-9

Spain 3.5 mg/m3
USA 3.5 mg/m3
Titanium dioxide CAS No: 13463-67-7

CE No: 236-675-5

Spain 10 mg/m3
USA 15 mg/m3 (total dust)
Calcium silicate CAS No: 1344-95-2

CE No: 215-710-8

Spain 10 mg/m3
USA 5 mg/m3 (respirable frac.)
Iron (III) oxide (dust and smoke), as iron (Fe) CAS No: 1309-37-1

CE No: 215-168-2

Spain 5 mg/m3
USA 5 mg/m3

Source: USA: Source: OSHA’s Permissible Exposure Limits – Annotated Tables https://www.osha.gov/dsg/annotated-pels; Spain: Instituto Nacional de Salud e Higiene en el trabajo: http://www.insht.es

To obtain up-to-date specific limits or limits for countries not listed here, please consult a licensed health and safety professional or the local regulatory authority of the country in question.

8.1.2 Additional exposure limits under usage conditions

 

DNEL; Human exposure: No information available

 

PNEC values. Environmental exposure: No information available.

 

8.2 Exposure control

 

General measures:

Consult a competent health and safety professional to monitor exposure to mineral dust and dust containing crystalline silica. Reduce the generation of airborne dust as much as possible. Use closed areas for processing, local exhaust venting or other technical controls to keep the particle concentration in the air below the exposure limits specified by applicable regulations. If user operations create dust, smoke or vapour, use a ventilation system to ensure that exposure to airborne particles is below the exposure limit. Take organisational measures, such as separating dust-generating areas from areas frequented by staff. Work clothes should be removed and washed separately.

Personal protective equipment:

  1. Respiratory protection: Suitable respiratory protective equipment with a particle filter as per regulation EN 143:2001 and its revisions EN 143/AC 2002, EN 143/AC 2005 (type P3), or according to Occupational Safety and Health Standard OSHA 29 CFR1910.134, approved by NIOSH, or equivalent protection that complies with relevant applicable local law.

Use appropriate respiratory protection even when working with water as a dust reduction measure when processing Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE® or ECO by Cosentino®.

  1. Hand protection: Use of mechanical protection gloves is recommended to prevent being cut by pieces during handling.

  1. Eye protection: The use of eye protection is recommended in accordance with EN166:2001, Occupational Safety and Health Standard OSHA 29 CFR 1910.133, or equivalent protection that complies with applicable relevant local regulation.

  1. Skin protection: Skin protection is not needed, but the use of work clothing that prevents dust from coming into contact with skin is recommended. Wash hands and face with soap and water to remove dust from processing before breaks and at the end of shifts.

Work clothing: When processing Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE® or ECO by Cosentino®, wear work clothing made of a fabric that does not trap dust. Do not clean using compressed air; use vacuum cleaning methods. Wear rubber boots if work is to be performed in wet areas during water processing.

SECTION 9. Physical and chemical properties

 

9.1 Information on basic physical and chemical properties

 

The information in this section pertains to the product unless specifically listed as giving information about a substance:

 

Physical aspect:

Physical state at 20ºC: Solid

Pattern: Solid by line

Colour: By line

Odour: Odourless

Olfactory threshold: N/A*

 

Volatility:

Boiling point at atmospheric pressure: N/A*

Vapour pressure at 20ºC: N/A*

Evaporation rate at 20ºC: N/A*

Product characteristics:

Density (EN-14617-1): 2133-2460 kg/m3

Dynamic viscosity: N/A*

pH: N/A*

Vapour density at 20ºC: N/A*

N-octanol/water partition coefficient at 20ºC: N/A*

Water solubility at 20ºC:              N/A*

Decomposition temperature: N/A*

Melting point/freezing point: N/A*

Explosive properties: Not explosive

Oxidising properties: Does not oxidise

Inflammability:

Flash point: Not flammable

Inflammability (solid, gas): N/A*

Spontaneous combustion point: N/A*

Lower combustion limit: N/A*

Upper combustion limit: N/A*

 

 

 

*N/A: Not applicable due to the nature of the product; provides no information about its hazardousness.

 

 

9.2 Other information

 

Water absorption (EN-14617-1): 0.03 – 0.05 %.

Flexural strength (EN-14617-2) 27.6 -78.5 MPa.

Coefficient of thermal expansion (EN-14617-11): (27-46)·10-6 ºC-1

SECTION 10. Stability and reactivity

 

10.1 Reactivity

Not reactive under normal storage and usage conditions.

 

10.2 Chemical stability

Stable under normal storage and usage conditions.

 

10.3 Potential for dangerous reactions

No dangerous reactions are expected.

 

10.4 Conditions to be avoided

Do not store outside or use for outdoor applications as UV radiation may affect the material. Avoid hard impacts that could cause breakage. Avoid subjecting the material to high temperatures, as this may cause it to deteriorate. In its intended final use, do not place hot objects or pans recently taken off the hob onto the surface; use a trivet.

 

10.5 Incompatible materials

No information available.

 

10.6 Hazardous decomposition products

None known.

SECTION 11. Toxicity information

 

11.1 Information on toxic effects

  1. a) Acute toxicity: Does not meet classification criteria

 

Acute toxicity estimate (ATE) of the mixture
Oral ATE >2000 mg/Kg
Dermal ATE >2000 mg/Kg
Inhalation ATE No information available
Crystalline silica (SiO2): Quartz, Cristobalite
Oral LD50 >2000mg/Kg weight (rat)
Dermal LD50 >2000 mg/Kg weight (rabbit)
Inhalation LC50 No specific data are available on acute toxicity that would permit a 100% categorical decision on the classification for acute toxicity by inhalation for any kind of crystalline silica. No acute toxicity by inhalation is expected based on extrapolations of OECD-compliant studies carried out with a substance containing 45% cristobalite with no sign of lethality. As a result, animal welfare concerns make further experiments unjustifiable.

 

  1. b) Dermal corrosion or irritation:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

 

  1. c) Serious eye injury or eye irritation:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

 

  1. d) Respiratory or dermal sensitivity:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

 

  1. e) Specific Target Organ Toxicity (STOT) – repeated exposure:

This product is classified as STOT RE 1 according to the criteria set out in Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.

 

The prolonged and/or large-scale inhalation of the respirable fraction of mineral dust and crystalline silica (< 10μm) can cause pneumoconiosis and pulmonary fibrosis such as silicosis, as well as worsening other respiratory conditions (bronchitis, emphysema, etc.). The main symptom of silicosis is a loss of lung capacity.

 

Prolonged or large-scale exposure to dust containing respirable crystalline silica may increase the risk of other illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease.

 

  1. f) Specific Target Organ Toxicity (STOT) – single exposure:

This product is classified as STOT SE 3 according to the criteria set out in Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.

The dust generated by the mechanical processing of this material can cause respiratory irritation if appropriate protective measures are not taken.

 

  1. g) Carcinogenicity:

 

  • Quartz and cristobalite (SiO2): Prolonged or large-scale exposure to dust containing respirable crystalline silica may cause lung cancer.

 

Material classification CLP IARC NTP OSHA ACGIH WES HCIS
Crystalline silica (quartz) Carcinogenic. Category 1A. Group 1. Carcinogenic to humans Known to be carcinogenic Yes. Regulated as carcinogenic A2. Suspected to be carcinogenic to humans 6.7A Confirmed carcinogenic; (r) Carcinogenic

Category 1A

 

Depending on the colour of the Silestone® material, small amounts of titanium oxide (<2.5%) may be present in the product. These may be released into the air along with dust during mechanical processing.  

  • Titanium dioxide: Frequent inhalation of smoke/dust for a prolonged period may raise one’s risk of developing respiratory illnesses, even though epidemiological studies carried out on titanium dioxide production workers have not been able to demonstrate this.

IARC has classified TIO2 as 2B (possibly carcinogenic to humans). However, the only evidence that it is carcinogenic comes from rodents exposed to very high concentrations. Two large epidemiological studies carried out on titanium dioxide production workers in the USA and Europe were unable to demonstrate an increased risk of lung cancer.

 

  1. h) Mutagenicity in germ cells:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

 

  1. i) Reproductive toxicity:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

 

  1. j) Danger if inhaled:

According to current information, the classification criteria are not met.

SECTION 12. Environmental information

 

12.1 Toxicity

 

Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE® and ECO by Cosentino® are not toxic to the environment. It is specifically recommended that water-cooled tools be used for mechanical processing, along with suitable air filtration and venting systems, to prevent the creation of dusty areas.

 

12.2 Persistence and degradability

 

Not applicable.

 

12.3. Bioaccumulation potential

 

Not applicable.

 

12.4. Soil mobility

 

Not applicable.

 

12.5 Results of the PBT and vPvB evaluation

 

This mixture is not considered to be persistent, bioaccumulable or toxic (PBT). This mixture is not considered to be very persistent or very bioaccumulable (vPvB).

 

12.6 Other adverse effects

 

None known.

SECTION 13. Disposal considerations

 

13.1 Waste treatment methods

 

In accordance with European Directives 91/156/EEC and 199/31/EEC, as well as Spanish Law 10/98 of 21 April and its pursuant R.D. 1481/2001 of 27 December, defective and waste products, along with small pieces, may be disposed of in landfills for inert

materials. The sludge produced by the wet processing of the material should be disposed of in landfills for non-hazardous waste.

Small pieces are classified as 01 04 13 in the European Waste Catalogue (EWC), and sludge is classified as 01 04 99.

 

Silestone®, Silestone® Integrity®, N-BOOST by SILESTONE® and ECO by Cosentino® packaging must be disposed of following national standards. In general, they shall be placed in bins specific for paper or plastic rejects if they are recyclable.

SECTION 14. Transportation information

 

ADR-RID, IMGD, IATA: Not regulated.

UN number: Not regulated.

Official UN transport designation: Not regulated.

Danger classifications for transport: Not regulated.

Packaging group: Not regulated.

Environmental dangers: Ocean contamination:  No.

Specific user precautions: Not regulated.

Bulk transport under annex II of the MARPOL 73/78 Agreement and IBC Code: Not applicable.

SECTION 15. Regulatory information

 

15.1 Specific health, safety and environmental regulations or legislation pertaining to the substance or mixture

 

International legislation:

  • Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) (Latest 2017 edition) – UN

 

Applicable European legislation:

  • Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH) OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 18 December 2006, concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, updated according to Regulation (EU) 2015/830 of 28 May 2015, which modifies Regulation EC) nº 1906/2006.
  • European Directive 2004/37/EC, modified by European Directive 2017/2398 dated 27/12/2017.
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 REACH, Annex XIV List of substances subject to authorisation, with its later modifications: Not present, or not present in regulated quantities.
  • Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006, Annex XVII, Substances subject to restrictions on manufacture, placing on the market and use: Not present, or not present in regulated quantities.
  • Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP) OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
  • REGULATION (EU) 2016/918 OF THE COMMISSION of 19 May 2016 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.

Specific legislation in the United States:

  • OSHA’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard: The material manufacturer strictly insists that business owners that operate in the U.S. comply with the requirements established in the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards for Construction (accessible at https://www.osha.gov/dsg/topics/silicacrystalline).
  • Californian Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 – Proposition 65:

Specific legislation in Australia and New Zealand:

  • Australia Hazardous Chemical Information System (HCIS) – Hazardous Chemicals: http://hcis.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/
  • Australia Work Health and Safety Regulations 2016 – Hazardous chemicals (other than lead) requiring health monitoring
  • New Zealand Workplace Exposure Standards (WES): https://worksafe.govt.nz
  • New Zealand Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act – Classification of Chemicals

 

15.2 Chemical safety evaluation

 

The supplier has not carried out a chemical safety evaluation.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including crystalline silica (airborne particles of respirable size), which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to  www.P65warnings.ca.gov

SECTION 16. Other information

 

16.1 Legislation applicable to safety data sheets

 

This safety data sheet has been prepared in accordance with ANNEX II- Guide to the compilation of safety data sheets in Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH), updated in accordance with Regulation (EU) nº 2015/830 of 28 May 2015, and in line with GHS ver. 7 (2017).

 

16.2 Legislative texts and phrases included in section 3

 

Regulation no1272/2008 (CLP):

 

STOT RE 1: Specific Target Organ Toxicity (repeated exposure). Category 1.

STOT SE 3: Specific Target Organ Toxicity (single exposure). Category 3

Carc. 1A: Carcinogenic. Category 1A.

H372: Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure

H350i: May cause cancer by inhalation.

H335: May cause respiratory irritation.

 

16.3 Abbreviations and acronyms

 

ACGIH: Association Advancing Occupational and Environmental Health.

ADR: European agreement concerning the international

transport of dangerous goods by road.

CAS: Chemical Abstracts Service (Division of

the American Chemical Society).

LC50: Lethal concentration, 50 per cent.

CLP: European Regulation of the Classification, Labelling

and Packaging of Chemical Substances and Mixtures.

LD50: Lethal dose, 50 per cent.

DNEL: Derived no-effect level (REACH).

GHS: Global harmonized system of classification

and labelling of chemical products (UN)

HCIS: Australia Hazardous Chemical Information System.

HCS: The Hazard Communication Standard.

HMIS: Hazardous Materials Identification System.

IARC: International Agency for Research on Cancer.

IATA: International Air Transport Association.

vPvB: Very persistent, very bioaccumulable substances.

NFPA: National Fire Protection Association.

NTP: Technical Notes on Prevention.

OEL: Occupational exposure limit.

UN: United Nations.

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

PBT: Persistent, bioaccumulable and toxic substances.

PNEC: Predicted no-effect concentration (REACH).

REACH: Regulation concerning the registration, evaluation,

authorisation and restriction of chemicals.

RID: Regulations concerning the international

transport of dangerous goods by rail.

WES: New Zealand Workplace Exposure Standards.

 

16.4 Main sources

 

 

16.5 Information evaluation methods

 

Article 9 Regulation no. 1272/2008 (CLP): The classification of the mixture is generally based on calculation methods using substance data in accordance with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008. If data is available for some mixture or the weighting of the tests can be used for their classification, this will be indicated in the pertinent section of the Safety Data Sheet. See section 9 for physico-chemical properties, section 11, for toxicological information and section 12 for environmental information.

 

16.6 Risk rating system in accordance with NFPA and HMIS

Health: 1

Inflammability: 0

Reactivity: 0

 

16.7 Other pertinent information

 

Consult Cosentino, S.A.U. (info@cosentino.com) if you have any questions, or before using or supplying this material for other applications not discussed here.

 

The information contained in this document is, to our knowledge, up-to-date and precise. However, we cannot vouch for the recommendations or suggestions given here, as the usage conditions of the materials are out of our control. In addition, the contents of this Safety Data Sheet should not be interpreted as a recommendation for using any product that violates the law, safety practices or current patents regulating any material or its use.

 

The recipient of the material is responsible for verifying their own compliance with the relevant rules and regulations. Under no circumstances should the information in this Safety Data Sheet be taken to guarantee specific properties or generate a contractual relationship.

 

This Safety Data Sheet (SDS) is in accordance with CLP Regulation (CE) No 1272/2008, and the Globally Harmonized System of

Classification and Labelling of Chemical Products (GHS).

 

For more information, consult the manufacturer and follow the instructions in the Good Practices Guide for the processing of material available on the manufacturer’s website www.silestone.com.

 

You can find more information about the risks posed by respirable crystalline silica at: