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Guidance on Safe Use

Guidance on Safe Use

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First-aid measures

Skin contact: None required, just maintain good level of hygiene by washing.
Eye contact: Irritation. Wash the eye with running water for at least ten minutes. Seek medical advice if irritation persists.
Inhalation: Physical irritation. Remove to fresh air.
Ingestion: None required.

Fire-fighting measures

Iron ore agglomerates are non-flammable and have high melting points (>1000°C).

Accidental release measures

Contain and collect any spillage of this solid and return to the suitable storage facility. If the solid is dry and dusty wetting should be used to reduce wind entrainment of dust particles.

Handling and storage

Handling
Use automated mechanical equipment to handle iron ore agglomerates and fines so that personal contact is minimised. Minimise generation of dust by using mechanical shovels and equipment instead of handheld tools. Ideally vacuum suction systems should be used to remove dust when cleaning areas of plant. If the environment is dusty then suitable and approved respiratory protection should be worn.

Storage
Generally stored in stockpiles in open air during dry conditions the iron ore agglomerates and fines may need to be kept wet through water spraying to minimise dust release through wind entrainment or by using water and a combination of durable dust-binding substances (European Commission, Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control, Reference Document on Best Available Techniques on Emissions from Storage, July 2006). Fixed sided buildings or barriers could also be erected to prevent release of dust. At the blast furnace covered bunkers are the most effective method of storage. Where applicable local regulations should be followed.

Transport information

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Marine transport (IMDG)

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Additional transport information

Additional transport information
Iron ore agglomerates and fines are not classified as dangerous under CLP or Dangerous Substances Directive for transport so there is no requirement for transport information.

Exposure controls / personal protection

Control Measures
Automated systems are recommended to minimise the risk of exposure by avoiding the need for the presence of operators under normal circumstances.

The use of mechanical equipment such as vacuum systems or other extraction methods should take precedence over manual work.

For large amounts of built up dust the use of machinery, such as a small mobile mechanical shovel units could be used to collect and transport dust to a skip. The use of water suppression should be considered in conjunction with the use of mechanical methods so as to reduce the risk of dust disturbance.

If it is not feasible to use vacuum methods or machinery, then the manual use of shovels should be considered as a last resort to remove settled dust. If there is a risk of disturbing dust and creating high airborne dust concentrations then, as a last resort, the wearing of suitable and approved respiratory protective equipment should be implemented. Ori-nasal respirators fitted with a P3 filter (EN149 : FFP3S) may be used when dust levels are high, the manufacturer’s directions for use must be followed at all times to achieve the correct and proper face fit.

The use of eye protection such as safety glasses and or goggles could be used to prevent dust contact with eyes.

Stability and reactivity

Iron ore agglomerates and fines are stable products.

Disposal considerations

Iron ore agglomerates and their fines should always be recycled and re-used. If iron ore agglomerates are not fed into a blast furnace or other similar iron / steel making systems they should be recycled back into the process by either the producer or by another company.

Information on recycling and methods of disposal for industry
Iron ore agglomerates should always be recycled. If iron ore agglomerates are not fed into a blast furnace or other similar iron / steel making systems they should be recycled back into the process by either the producer or by another company. Iron ore pellet fines should always be re-used back into the process.

Information on recycling and methods of disposal for the public
Iron ore agglomerates and fines are not available to the public and are only used on industrial premises, so no further requirements are needed.