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5275-2: Battery CR123 3V [2]
MSDS Last updated: 03/05/2012


Material/Product Safety Data Sheet

LS/LST/LSX/LSH        Lithium /Thionyl chloride single     Simplified Advice  
products              cells and multi-cell battery packs   Code               
Revision 4 Date 08/04                                      G                  
1. Identification of the Substance or Preparation and Company                 
Product          Primary Lithium/Thionyl chloride unit cells and multi-cell  
                 battery packs                                               
                 (Li -SOCl2)                                                 
Production sites Saft Ltd                     Saft                           
                 River Drive                  Rue Georges Leclanché          
                 South Shields                BP 1039                        
                 Tyne & Wear                  86060 Poitiers cedex 9           
                 NE33 2TR - UK                FRANCE                         
                 Tel. No. +44 191 456 1451    +33 (0)5 49 55 48 48           
                 Fax No. +44 191 456 6383     +33 (0)5 49 55 48 50           
Emergency        +1 703 527 38 87             (CHEMTREC US Service Center)   
contacts         or +33 (0)5 49 55 48 46      (Factory in France)            
2. Composition & Information on Ingredients                                   
Each cell consists of an hermetically sealed metallic container containing a  
number of chemicals and materials of construction of which the following could
potentially be hazardous upon release.                                        
Ingredient          Content             CAS No.             CHIP Classification
Lithium             3.5-5%              7439-93-2           F; R14/15          
(Li)                                                        C; R34             
                                                            R14/15, R21,R22,   
                                                            R41, R43           
                                                            S2, S8, S45        
Thionyl chloride    40-46%              7719-09-7           C; R14, R21, R22,  
(SOCI2)                                                     R35,               
                                                            R37, R41,R42/43    
                                                            S2, S8, S24, S26,  
                                                            S37, S45           
Aluminum chloride   1-5%                7446-70-0           R14, R22, R37, R41,
anhydrous                                                   R43.               
(AICI3)                                                     S2, S8, S22, S24,  
                                                            S36, S45           
Carbon              3-4%                1333-86-4           NONE KNOWN         
Amount varies depending on cell size                                          
3. Hazards Identification                                                     
Do not short circuit, recharge, puncture, incinerate, crush, immerse, force   
discharge or expose to temperatures above the declared operating temperature  
range of the product.  Risk of fire or explosion. The Lithium-Thionyl chloride
batteries described in this Product Safety Data Sheet are sealed units which  
are not hazardous when used according to the recommendations of the           
Under normal conditions of use, the electrode materials and liquid electrolyte
they contain are not exposed to the outside, provided the battery integrity is
maintained and seals remain intact. Risk of exposure only in case of abuse    
(mechanical, thermal, electrical) which leads to the activation of safety     
valves and/or the rupture of the battery containers. Electrolyte leakage,     
electrode materials reaction with moisture/water or battery                   
vent/explosion/fire may follow, depending upon the circumstances.             
4. First Aid Measures                                                         
Inhalation       Remove from exposure, rest and keep warm. In severe cases   
                 obtain medical attention.                                   
Skin contact     Wash off skin thoroughly with water. Remove contaminated    
                 clothing and wash before reuse. In severe cases obtain      
                 medical attention.                                          
Eye contact      Irrigate thoroughly with water for at least 15 minutes.     
                 Obtain medical attention.                                   
Ingestion        Wash out mouth thoroughly with water and give plenty of     
                 water to drink.                                             
                 Obtain medical attention.                                   
Further          All cases of eye contamination, persistent skin irritation  
treatment        and casualties who have swallowed this substance or been    
                 affected by breathing its vapors should be seen by a Doctor.
5. Fire Fighting Measures                                                     
CO2 extinguishers or copious quantities of water or water-based foam can be   
used to cool down burning Li-SOCl2 cells and batteries, as long as the extent 
of the fire has not progressed to the point that the lithium metal they       
contain is exposed.                                                           
Do not use for this purpose sand, dry powder or soda ash, graphite powder or  
fire blankets.                                                                
Use only metal (Class D) extinguishers on raw lithium.                        
Extinguishing    Use water or CO2 on burning Li-SOCl2 cells or batteries and 
media            class D fire extinguishing agent only on raw lithium.       
6. Accidental Release Measures                                                
Remove personnel from area until fumes dissipate. Do not breathe vapours or   
touch liquid with bare hands.                                                 
If the skin has come into contact with the electrolyte, it should be washed   
thoroughly with water.                                                        
Sand or earth should be used to absorb any exuded material. Seal leaking      
battery and contaminated absorbent material in plastic bag and dispose of as  
Special Waste in accordance with local regulations.                           
7. Handling and Storage                                                       
Handling Do not crush, pierce, short (+) and (-) battery terminals with       
        conductive (i.e. metal) goods. Do not directly heat or solder. Do not
        throw into fire. Do not mix batteries of different types and brands. 
        Do not mix new and used batteries. Keep batteries in non conductive  
        (i.e. plastic) trays.                                                
Storage Store in a cool (preferably below 30°C) and ventilated area, away    
        from moisture, sources of heat, open flames, food and drink. Keep    
        adequate clearance between walls and batteries. Temperature above    
        100°C may result in battery leakage and rupture. Since short circuit 
        can cause burn, leakage and rupture hazard, keep batteries in        
        original packaging until use and do not jumble them.                 
Other   Lithium-Thionyl chloride batteries are not rechargeable and should   
        not be tentatively charged.                                          
        Follow Manufacturers recommendations regarding maximum recommended   
        currents and operating temperature range.                            
        Applying pressure on deforming the battery may lead to disassembly   
        followed by eye, skin and throat irritation.                         
8. Exposure Controls & Personal Protection                                    
Occupational exposure        Compound        8hr TWA     15min TWA    SK     
                             Sulfur dioxide  1 ppm       1 ppm        -      
                             Hydrogen        1 ppm       5 ppm        -      
Respiratory           In all fire situations, use self-contained breathing    
protection            apparatus.                                              
Hand protection       In the event of leakage wear gloves.                    
Eye protection        Safety glasses are recommended during handling.         
Other                 In the event of leakage, wear chemical apron.           
9. Physical and Chemical Properties                                           
Appearance       Cylindrical shape                                           
Odour            If leaking, gives off a pungent corrosive odour.            
pH               Not Applicable                                              
Flash point      Not applicable unless individual components exposed         
Flammability     Not applicable unless individual components exposed         
Relative density Not applicable unless individual components exposed         
Solubility       Not applicable unless individual components exposed         
Solubility       Not applicable unless individual components exposed         
10. Stability and Reactivity                                                  
Product is stable under conditions described in Section 7.                    
Conditions to    Heat above 100°C or incinerate. Deform. Mutilate. Crush.    
avoid            Pierce. Disassemble                                         
                 Recharge. Short circuit. Expose over a long period to humid 
Materials to     Oxidising agents, alkalis, water. Avoid electrolyte contact 
avoid            with aluminum or zinc.                                      
Hazardous        Hydrogen (H2) as well as Lithium oxide (Li2O) and Lithium   
decomposition    hydroxide (LiOH) dust is produced in case of reaction of    
Products         lithium metal with water.                                   
                 Chlorine (Cl2), Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and Disulfur dichloride
                 (S2Cl2) are produced in case of thermal decomposition of    
                 thionyl chloride above 140°C.                               
                 Hydrochloric acid (HCl) and Sulfur dioxide (SO2) are        
                 produced in case of reaction of Thionyl chloride with water 
                 at room temperature.                                        
                 Hydrochloric acid (HCl) fumes, Lithium oxide, (Li2O),       
                 Lithium hydroxide (LiOH) and Aluminum hydroxide (Al(OH)3)   
                 dust are produced in case of reaction of Lithium            
                 tetrachloroaluminate (LiAlCl4) with water.                  
11. Toxicological Information                                                 
Signs & symptoms      None, unless battery ruptures. In the event of exposure 
                      to internal contents, corrosive fumes will be very      
                      irritating to skin, eyes and mucous membranes.          
                      Overexposure can cause symptoms of non-fibrotic lung    
                      injury and membrane irritation.                         
Inhalation            Lung irritant.                                          
Skin contact          Skin irritant                                           
Eye contact           Eye irritant.                                           
Ingestion             Tissue damage to throat and gastro-respiratory tract if 
Medical conditions    In the event of exposure to internal contents, eczema,  
generally aggravated  skin allergies, lung injuries, asthma and other         
by exposure           respiratory disorders may occur.                        
12. Ecological Information                                                    
Mammalian effects                      None known if used/disposed of        
Eco-toxicity                           None known if used/disposed of        
Bioaccumulation potential              None known if used/disposed of        
Environmental fate                     None known if used/disposed of        
13. Disposal Considerations                                                   
Do not incinerate, or subject cells to temperatures in excess of 100oC. Such  
abuse can result in loss of seal, leakage, and/or cell explosion. Dispose of  
in accordance with appropriate local regulations.                             
14. Transport Information                                                     
Label for     For the single cell batteries and multicell battery packs which
conveyance    are non-restricted to transport, use lithium batteries inside  
              For the single cell batteries and multicell battery packs which
              are restricted to transport (assigned to the Miscellaneous     
              Class 9), use Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods and UN     
              Identification Number labels.                                  
              In all cases, refer to the product transport certificate issued
              by the Manufacturer.                                           
UN number     UN3090                                                         
Shipping name Lithium Batteries                                              
Hazard        Depending on their lithium metal content, some single cells and
classification small multicell battery packs may be non- assigned to Class 9  
               (Refer to Transport Certificate)                               
Packing group II                                                             
IMDG Code     9033                                                           
EmS No.       4.1-06                                                         
Marine          No                                                            
ADR Class     Class9                                                   
15. Regulatory Information                                                    
Risk       Lithium         R14/15 Reacts violently with water, liberating    
phrases    (Li)                   extremely flammable gases.                 
                           R21    Harmful in contact with skin.              
                           R22    Harmful if swallowed.                      
                           R35    Causes burns.                              
                           R41    Risk of serious damage to eye.             
                           R42/43 May cause sensitization by inhalation and  
                                  skin contact.                              
           Thionyl         R14    Reacts with water.                         
           chloride        R22    Harmful if swallowed.                      
           (SOCl2)         R35    Causes burns.                              
                           R37    Irritating to respiratory system.          
                           R41    Risk of serious damage to eye.             
                           R42/43 May cause sensitization by inhalation and  
                                  skin contact.                              
           Aluminum        R14    Reacts with water.                         
           Chloride        R22    Harmful if swallowed.                      
           anhydrous       R37    Irritating to respiratory system.          
           (AlCl3)         R41    Risk of serious damage to eye.             
                           R43    May cause sensitization by skin contact.   
Safety     Lithium         S2     Keep out of reach of children              
phrases    (Li)            S8     Keep away from moisture                    
                           S45    In case of incident, seek medical          
           Thionyl         S2     Keep out of reach of children.             
           chloride        S8     Keep away from moisture.                   
           (SOCl2)         S24    Avoid contact with skin.                   
                           S26    In case of contact with eyes, rinse        
                           S36    immediately with plenty of water.          
                           S37    Wear suitable protective clothing.         
                           S45    Wear suitable gloves.                      
                                  In case of incident, seek medical          
           Aluminum        S2     Keep out of reach of children.             
           Chloride        S8 S22 Keep away from moisture.                   
           anhydrous              Do not breathe dust.                       
           (AlCl3)         S24    Avoid contact with skin.                   
                           S26    In case of contact with eyes, rinse        
                           S36    immediately with plenty of water.          
                                  Wear suitable protective clothing.         
UK regulatory references    Classified under CHIP                             
16. Other information                                                         
This information has been compiled from sources considered to be dependable   
and is, to the best of our knowledge and belief, accurate and reliable as of  
the date compiled. However, no representation, warranty (either expressed or  
implied) or guarantee is made to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of 
the information contained herein.                                             
This information relates to the specific materials designated and may not be  
valid for such material used in combination with any other materials or in any
process. It is the user's responsibility to satisfy himself as to the         
suitability and completeness of this information for his particular use.      
Saft does not accept liability for any loss or damage that may occur, whether 
direct, indirect, incidental or consequential, from the use of this           
information. Saft does not offer warranty against patent infringement.        

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