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Material Safety Data Sheet
Lithium primary cylindrical cell (coiled)
1. Identification of the product and of the company undertaking
Trade name: Lithium primary cylindrical cell (coiled)
Voltage: 3.0 V (or multiples of this in case of multi-cell configurations)
Electrochemical system: Lithium metal | organic electrolyte | manganese dioxide
Anode (negative): Lithium metal
Cathode (positive): Manganese dioxide
Type: Lithium content per cell/battery:
CR 123 A 0.58 g /
H017-013-169-0 18v 6 cell CR123A Powerone battery 3.48g
Cell Supplier details
Address: VARTA Microbattery GmbH
Emergency telephone number: +49 7961 921 110 (VAC)
Legal Remark (U.S.A.)
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are a sub-requirement of the Occupational Safety and
(OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR Subpart 1910.1200. This Hazard
Communication Standard does
not apply to various subcategories including anything defined by OSHA as an "article". OSHA has
defined "article" as
a manufactured item other than a fluid or particle; (i) which is formed to a specific shape or design
manufacture; (ii) which has end use function(s) dependent in whole or in part upon its shape or
design during end
use; and (iii) which under normal conditions of use does not release more than very small
quantities, e.g. minute or
trace amounts of a hazardous chemical, and does not pose a physical hazard or health risk to
Because all of our batteries are defined as "articles", they are exempted from the requirements of
the Hazard Communication Standard.
Legal remark (EU)
These batteries are no “substances” or “preparations” according to Regulation (EC) No
1907/2006 EC. Instead they
have to be regarded as “articles”, no substances are intended to be released during handling.
Therefore there is no
obligation to supply a MSDS according to Regulation (EC) 1907/2006, Article 31.
This “Safety Information” is provided as a service to our customers. The details presented are in
accordance with our
present knowledge and experiences. They are no contractual assurances of product attributes.
2. Hazards identification
The battery is sealed hermetically. Thus, the ingredients have no hazard potential, except the
battery is violated or dismantled.
If in case of mistreatment the ingredients are released, a spontaneously flammable gas mixture
may be released under certain circumstances.
Attention: If batteries are treated wrong the danger of burns or bursts occurs. Batteries must not
be heated above
100°C or incinerated. The battery contents must not get in contact with water. If the negative
electrode gets in contact
with water or humidity hydrogen gas is formed, which may inflame spontaneously.
3. Composition/information on ingredients
Contents CAS No. Hazard Symbols R Phrases Material
2 - 5 % 7439-93-2 F, C 14/15 - 34 Lithium
13 - 40 % 1313-13-9 Xn 20/22 Manganese dioxide
< 10 % 108-32-7 Xi 36 Propylene carbonate
< 10 % 110-71-4 F T 60 - 61 - 11 - 19 - 20 1,2-Dimethoxy ethane
< 5 % 33454-82-9 Xi 36/37/38 Lithium trifluoromethyl
Contents CAS No. Material
< 1 mg/kg 7440-43-9 Cadmium
< 10 mg/kg 7439-92-1 Lead
< 0,1 mg/kg 7439-97-6 Mercury
(none intentionally introduced,
see Chapter 12)
Contents CAS No. Material
33 – 74 % Steel and nickel
3 – 10 % Plastic
4. First-aid measures
Measures at accidental release
After inhalation: Fresh air. Seek for medical assistance.
After skin contact: Remove solid particles immediately. Flush affected areas with plenty of
water (at least 15 min.). Remove contaminated cloth immediately. Seek for
After eye contact: Flush the eye gently with plenty of water (at least 15 min.). Seek for medical
After ingestion: Drink plenty of water. Avoid vomiting. Seek for medical assistance.
No trials for neutralization.
5. Fire-fighting measures
Suitable extinguishing media: Metal fire extinction powder, rock salt or dry sand shall be used.
Extinguishing media with limited
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is not suitable. Water has to be avoided.
Special protection equipment during
Contamination cloth including breathing apparatus.
Special hazard: Cells may explode and release metal parts.
At contact of anode material with water extremely flammable hydrogen gas
and caustic liquid are released.
Attention: Do not let used extinguishing media penetrate into surface water or ground
water. Dispose off properly.
6. Accidental release measures
Person related measures: Wear personal protective equipment adapted to the situation
cloth, face protection, breathing protection).
Environment protection measures: Bind released ingredients with powder (rock salt, sand).
Dispose off according to the local law and rules.
Avoid leached substances to penetrate into the earth, canalization or water.
Treatment for cleaning: If battery casing is dismantled, small amounts of electrolyte may leak.
the battery tightly including ingredients together with lime, sand or rock salt. Then
clean with water.
7. Handling and storage
Guideline for safe handling: Always follow the warning information on the batteries and in the
devices. Only use the recommended battery types.
Keep batteries away from children.
For devices to be used by children, the battery casing should be protected
against unauthorized access.
Unpacked batteries shall not lie about in bulk.
In case of battery change always replace all batteries by new ones of identical
type and brand.
Do not swallow batteries.
Do not throw batteries into water.
Do not throw batteries into fire.
Do not short-circuit batteries.
Do not recharge primary batteries.
Storage: Storage preferably at room temperature (approx. 20°C). Avoid large
temperature changes. Avoid direct sunlight. At higher temperature the electrical
performance may be reduced.
Storage of unpacked batteries can cause short circuit and heat generation.
Storage of large amounts: If possible, store the batteries in original packaging (because of short
protection and exemptions according to transport regulations);
A fire alarm is recommended;
For automatic fire extinction consider chapter 5 “Fire fighting measures”.
VCI storage category: It is recommended to consider the “VCI Guideline for the mixed storage of
chemicals” and to handle lithium polymer batteries according to storage
category 11 (“combustible solids“).
8. Exposure controls/personal protection
Under normal conditions (during discharge) release of ingredients does not occur.
9. Physical and chemical properties
Not applicable if closed.
10. Stability and reactivity
Dangerous reactions: When heated above 100°C the risk of rupture occurs.
11. Toxicological information
Under normal conditions (during charge and discharge) release of ingredients does not occur. In
case of accidental
release see information in chapter 2.
Swallowing of a battery can be harmful. Call the local Poison Control Centre for advice and
12. Ecological information
Lithium primary cylindrical cells do not contain heavy metals as defined by the European
For the state of California these batteries are considered as “free of perchlorate”.
Mercury has not been “intentionally introduced (as distinguished from mercury that may be
incidentally present in
other materials)” in the sense of the U.S.A. “Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery
(May 13 1996).
The Regulation on Mercury Content Limitation for Batteries promulgated on 1997-12-31 by the
including the State Administration of Light Industry and the State Environmental Protection
Administration defines ‘low
mercury’ as ‘mercury content by weight in battery as less than 0.025%’, and ‘mercury free’ as
‘mercury content by
weight in battery as less than 0.0001%’. And therefore: Varta lithium primary button cells/batteries
belong to the
category of mercury-free battery (mercury content lower than 0.0001%).
13. Transport information
Lithium primary cylindrical cells manufactured by VARTA Microbattery are considered to be
“lithium metal cells” and
are tested according to 38.3 of the “UN Manual of Tests and Criteria” for compliance with the
requirements of special provisions ADR 188, RID 188, IMDG 188, DOT / 49 CFR provision
173.185, and the requirements of IATA DGR packing instruction 968. Positive test results
required for non-dangerous goods classification are stated in dedicated
“Declarations of Conformity”.
• The batteries contain an equivalent amount of not more than 3.58 g of lithium per battery.
• The batteries are isolated in the packaging to avoid short circuits.
• The packs are marked with a warning notice, that clearly states that the pack contains lithium
batteries and must be quarantined, inspected and repacked if damaged.
• For air transport, the total mass does not exceed 30kg for cargo aircraft only.
Primary (non-rechargeable) lithium batteries and cells are forbidden for transport aboard
passenger carrying aircraft.
The outside of each package that contains primary (non-rechargeable) lithium batteries or cells
must be marked
"PRIMARY LITHIUM BATTERIES-FORBIDDEN FOR TRANSPORT ABOARD PASSENGER
AIRCRAFT" on a background of contrasting colour.
15. Regulatory information
Marking consideration: European Union: According to Directive 2006/66/EC, the batteries have
to be marked with the crossed wheel bin symbol.
Water hazard class: (according to German Federal Water Management Act)
non-water pollution according to VwVwS Appendix 1
(No. 1443 and 766)
16. Other information
Full text of Classification and R-phrases referred to under sections 2 and 3
Classification Xn Harmful
F Highly flammable
R Phrases 11 Highly flammable.
14/15 Reacts violently with water, liberating extremely flammable gases.
19 May form explosive peroxides.
20 Harmful by inhalation.
20/22 Harmful by inhalation and if swallowed
36 Irritating to eyes.
36/37/38 Irritating to eyes, respiratory system and skin.
60 May impair fertility.
61 May cause harm to the unborn child.
Note: Date of issue of the transport regulations: ADR 2009, IATA 2009, IMDG 2006,
DOT / 49 CFR 2009.
PMBL Ltd 2010
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