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Issued by: Adama Australia Pty Ltd Phone: (02)9431 7800 (office hours)
Poisons Information Centre: 13 1126 from anywhere in Australia,
(0800 764 766 in New Zealand)

section 1 - Identification of The Material and Supplier: 

Adama Australia Pty Ltd

Suite 1, Level 4, Building B,

207 Pacific Highway St Leonards, NSW 2065

ACN 050 328 973

Telephone (02)9431 7800 (24 hours)

Emergency 1800 024 973 (24 hours)

Fax (02)9431 7700


Chemical nature: 

Acifluorfen in water solution.
Trade Name:  Ardeo Herbicide
Product Use:  Agricultural Herbicicde for use as described on the product label.
Creation Date:  June, 2016
This version issued: 

June, 2016 and valid for 5 years from this date.

Poisons Information Centre: Phone 13 1126 from anywhere in Australia
section 2 - Hazards Identification: 

Statement of Hazardous Nature

This product is classified as: Xi, Irritating. N, Dangerous to the environment. Hazardous according to the criteria of

Not a Dangerous Good according to Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) Code, IATA or IMDG/IMSBC criteria.

Risk Phrases: Placeholder

Safety Phrases: Placeholder

SUSMP Classification: S6

ADG Classification: None allocated. Not a Dangerous Good according to Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG)
Code, IATA or IMDG/IMSBC criteria.

UN Number: None allocated


GHS Signal word: WARNING
Skin Corrosion /Irritation Category 2
Serious eye damage/eye irritation Category 2/2A
Hazardous to aquatic environment Short term/Chronic Category 1
H315: Causes skin irritation.
H319: Causes serious eye irritation.
H410: Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects.
P102: Keep out of reach of children.
P262: Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing.
P264: Wash contacted areas thoroughly after handling.
P273: Avoid release to the environment.
P280: Wear protective gloves, protective clothing and eye or face protection.
P362: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse.
P301+P330+P331: IF SWALLOWED: Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting.
P302+P352: IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water.
P305+P351+P338: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if
present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
P332+P313: If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice.
P337+P313: If eye irritation persists: Get medical advice.
P391: Collect spillage.
P370+P378: Not combustible. Use extinguishing media suited to burning materials.
P410: Protect from sunlight.
P402+P404: Store in a dry place. Store in a closed container.
P403+P235: Store in a well-ventilated place. Keep cool.

P501: Dispose of contents and containers as specified on the registered label.

Emergency Overview

Physical Description & colour: Clear yellow to red liquid.

Odour: Sweet odour.

Major Health Hazards: may cause serious damage to eyes, skin irritant.


section 3 - Composition/ Information on Ingredients: 
Ingredients CAS No Conc,% TWA (mg/m3) STEL (mg/m3)
Acifluoren as the sodium salt 62476-59-9 224g/L not set not set
Other non hazardous ingredients secret 10-30 not set not set
Water 7732-18-5 to 100 not set not set


This is a commercial product whose exact ratio of components may vary slightly. Minor quantities of other non hazardous ingredients are also possible.

The SWA TWA exposure value is the average airborne concentration of a particular substance when calculated over a normal 8 hour working day for a 5 day working week. The STEL (Short Term Exposure Limit) is an exposure value that may be equalled (but should not be exceeded) for no longer than 15 minutes and should not be repeated more than 4 times per day. There should be at least 60 minutes between successive exposures at the STEL. The term "peak "is used when the TWA limit, because of the rapid action of the substance, should never be exceeded, even briefly.

section 4 - First Aid Measures: 

General Information:

You should call The Poisons Information Centre if you feel that you may have been poisoned, burned or irritated by
this product. The number is 13 1126 from anywhere in Australia (0800 764 766 in New Zealand) and is available at all
times. Have this SDS with you when you call.

Inhalation: No first aid measures normally required. However, if inhalation has occurred, and irritation has
developed, remove to fresh air and observe until recovered. If irritation becomes painful or persists more than about
30 minutes, seek medical advice.

Skin Contact: Wash gently and thoroughly with warm water (use non-abrasive soap if necessary) for 10-20 minutes
or until product is removed. Under running water, remove contaminated clothing, shoes and leather goods (e.g.
watchbands and belts) and completely decontaminate them before reuse or discard. If irritation persists, repeat
flushing and seek medical attention.

Eye Contact: Immediately flush the contaminated eye(s) with lukewarm, gently flowing water for 15 minutes or until
the product is removed, while holding the eyelid(s) open. Take care not to rinse contaminated water into the
unaffected eye or onto the face. Obtain medical attention immediately. Take special care if exposed person is wearing
contact lenses.

Ingestion: If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting. Wash mouth with water and contact a Poisons Information
Centre, or call a doctor.

section 5 - Fire Fighting Measures: 

Fire and Explosion Hazards: The major hazard in fires is usually inhalation of heated and toxic or oxygen
deficient (or both), fire gases. There is no risk of an explosion from this product under normal circumstances if it is
involved in a fire.
Only small quantities of decomposition products are expected from this product at temperatures normally achieved in
a fire. This will only occur after heating to dryness.
Fire decomposition products from this product may be toxic if inhaled. Take appropriate protective measures.

Extinguishing Media: Not combustible. Use extinguishing media suited to burning materials.

Fire Fighting: If a significant quantity of this product is involved in a fire, call the fire brigade.

Flash point: Does not burn.
Upper Flammability Limit: Does not burn
Lower Flammability Limit: Does not burn.
Autoignition temperature:  Not applicable - does not burn.
Flammability Class:  Does not burn.
section 6 - Accidental Release Measures: 

Accidental release: In the event of a major spill, prevent spillage from entering drains or water courses. Wear full
protective chemically resistant clothing including eye/face protection, gauntlets and self contained breathing
apparatus. See below under Personal Protection regarding Australian Standards relating to personal protective equipment. No special recommendations for clothing materials. Eye/face protective equipment should comprise as a
minimum, protective goggles. If there is a significant chance that vapours or mists are likely to build up in the cleanup
area, we recommend that you use a respirator. Usually, no respirator is necessary when using this product. However,
if you have any doubts consult the Australian Standard mentioned below (section 8). Otherwise, not normally

Stop leak if safe to do so, and contain spill. Absorb onto sand, vermiculite or other suitable absorbent material. If spill
is too large or if absorbent material is not available, try to create a dike to stop material spreading or going into drains
or waterways. Sweep up and shovel or collect recoverable product into labelled containers for recycling or salvage,
and dispose of promptly. Recycle containers wherever possible after careful cleaning. Refer to product label for
specific instructions. After spills, wash area preventing runoff from entering drains. If a significant quantity of material
enters drains, advise emergency services. Full details regarding disposal of used containers, spillage and unused
material may be found on the label. If there is any conflict between this SDS and the label, instructions on the label
prevail. Ensure legality of disposal by consulting regulations prior to disposal. Thoroughly launder protective clothing
before storage or re-use. Advise laundry of nature of contamination when sending contaminated clothing to laundry.

section 7 - Handling and Storage: 

Handling: Keep exposure to this product to a minimum, and minimise the quantities kept in work areas. Check
Section 8 of this SDS for details of personal protective measures, and make sure that those measures are followed.
The measures detailed below under "Storage" should be followed during handling in order to minimise risks to
persons using the product in the workplace. Also, avoid contact or contamination of product with incompatible
materials listed in Section 10.

Storage: This product is a Scheduled Poison. Observe all relevant regulations regarding sale, transport and storage
of this schedule of poison. Protect this product from light. Store in the closed original container in a dry, cool, wellventilated
area out of direct sunlight. Make sure that the product does not come into contact with substances listed
under "Incompatibilities" in Section 10. Some liquid preparations settle or separate on standing and may require
stirring before use. Check packaging - there may be further storage instructions on the label.

section 8 - Exposure Controls and Personal Protection: 

The following Australian Standards will provide general advice regarding safety clothing and equipment:

Respiratory equipment: AS/NZS 1715, Protective Gloves: AS 2161, Occupational Protective Clothing: AS/NZS 4501 set 2008, Industrial Eye Protection: AS1336 and AS/NZS 1337, Occupational Protective Footwear: AS/NZS2210.

SWA Exposure Limits TWA (mg/m3) STEL (mg/m3)
Exposure limits have not been established by SWA for any of the significant ingredients in this product. - -

The ADI for Acifluorfen as the sodium salt is set at 0.015mg/kg/day. The corresponding NOEL is set at 1.5mg/kg/day.
ADI means Acceptable Daily Intake; NOEL means No-observable-effect-level. Data from Australian ADI List, June

No special equipment is usually needed when occasionally handling small quantities. The following instructions are
for bulk handling or where regular exposure in an occupational setting occurs without proper containment systems.

Ventilation: This product should only be used in a well ventilated area. If natural ventilation is inadequate, use of a
fan is suggested.

Eye Protection: Protective glasses or goggles must be worn when this product is being used. Failure to protect
your eyes may lead to severe harm to them or to general health. Emergency eye wash facilities must also be
available in an area close to where this product is being used.

Skin Protection: Prevent skin contact by wearing impervious gloves, clothes and, preferably, apron. Make sure that
all skin areas are covered. See below for suitable material types.

Protective Material Types: We suggest that protective clothing be made from the following materials: PVC.

Respirator: Usually, no respirator is necessary when using this product. However, if you have any doubts consult
the Australian Standard mentioned above. Otherwise, not normally necessary.

Eyebaths or eyewash stations and safety deluge showers should, if practical, be provided near to where this product
is being handled commercially.

section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties: 
Physical Description & colour: Clear yellow to red liquid.
Odour: Sweet odour.
Boiling Point: Approximately 100°C at 100kPa.
Freezing/Melting Point: Below 0°C.
Volatiles: Water component.
Vapour Pressure: 2.37 kPa at 20°C (water vapour pressure).
Vapour Density: As for water.
Specific Gravity: 1.18 at 20°C
Water Solubility: Completely soluble in water.
pH: No data.
Volatility: No data.
Odour Threshold: No data.
Evaporation Rate: As for water.
Coeff Oil/water distribution: No data.
Autoignition temp: Not applicable - does not burn.
section 10 - Stability and Reactivity: 

Reactivity: This product is unlikely to react or decompose under normal storage conditions. However, if you have
any doubts, contact the supplier for advice on shelf life properties.

Conditions to Avoid: Protect this product from light. Store in the closed original container in a dry, cool, wellventilated
area out of direct sunlight.

Incompatibilities: bases, oxidising agents.

Fire Decomposition: Only small quantities of decomposition products are expected from this product at
temperatures normally achieved in a fire. This will only occur after heating to dryness. Combustion forms carbon
dioxide, and if incomplete, carbon monoxide and possibly smoke. Water is also formed. May form nitrogen and its
compounds, and under some circumstances, oxides of nitrogen. Occasionally hydrogen cyanide gas in reducing
atmospheres. May form hydrogen chloride gas, other compounds of chlorine. May form hydrogen fluoride gas and
other compounds of fluorine. Sodium compounds. Carbon monoxide poisoning produces headache, weakness,
nausea, dizziness, confusion, dimness of vision, disturbance of judgment, and unconsciousness followed by coma
and death.

Polymerisation: This product will not undergo polymerisation reactions.

section 11 - Toxicological Information: 

Local Effects:
Target Organs: There is no data to hand indicating any particular target organs.

Target Organs: There is no data to hand indicating any particular target organs.

Classification of Hazardous Ingredients

Ingredient Risk Phrases
Acifluorfen As The Sodium Salt >=20%Conc<25%: Xi; R38; R41
- Acute toxicity - category 4
- Skin irritation - category 2
- Eye damage - category 1
- Hazardous to the aquatic environment (acute) - category 1
- Hazardous to the aquatic environment (chronic) - category 1

Potential Health Effects

Chronic toxicity: Male and female rats fed high daily doses for 4 weeks showed decreased food consumption and
increased liver and kidney weights. In a 1-year study of rats fed lower doses, both sexes experienced decreased body
weight and increased liver weight. In a 2-year study, beagle dogs fed high daily doses of acifluorfen showed irregular
heart rhythms. In addition, there were some blood changes and an increase in liver and kidney weights.

Reproductive effects: No adverse effects were observed in rodents or their offspring when the parents were fed
daily doses of acifluorfen well below lethal levels. Body weights, food consumption, fertility, and pregnancy were
comparable in both treated and untreated animals . However, in another rat study, at higher doses, both parents and
offspring suffered kidney lesions and death. This suggests that levels high enough to cause toxicity in the mother are
needed to affect reproduction .

Teratogenic effects: Acifluorfen may have teratogenic effects at high doses. In one study, rats were given high
doses of sodium acifluorfen through a stomach tube during the critical periods of pregnancy. At these doses, body
weights of the foetuses were lower, and bone development was delayed . Teratogenic effects in humans are unlikely
at expected exposure levels.

Mutagenic effects: Various mutagenesis assays of acifluorfen products on both bacteria and mammalian cells
indicate that they do not cause mutations .

Carcinogenic effects: One study of mice fed high doses of acifluorfen for 18 months showed decreases in body
weight and increases in both benign and malignant liver tumours . These data are not sufficient to characterize the
carcinogenicity of acifluorfen .

Organ toxicity: In addition to being a skin and eye irritant, acifluorfen affects the weight and functions of the liver,
heart, and kidneys at high doses.

Fate in humans and animals: No data are currently available.

Acifluorfen: LD50 Oral, Rat 2025 (male); 1370 (female)mg/kg
LD50 Dermal, Rabbit >2000mg/kg LC50 Inhalation, Rat >6.9mg/L/4hr
Carcinogen Status:
SWA: No significant ingredient is classified as carcinogenic by SWA.
NTP: No significant ingredient is classified as carcinogenic by NTP.
IARC: No significant ingredient is classified as carcinogenic by IARC.

section 12 - Ecological Information: 

Effects on birds: Acifluorfen is practically nontoxic to mallards and is moderately toxic to bobwhite quail. The acute
oral LD50 of acifluorfen is 2821 mg/kg in mallards, and 325 mg/kg in bobwhite quail. The range in toxicity to these
different species makes any generalizations about its overall toxicity to birds difficult.

Effects on aquatic organisms: Acifluorfen is slightly toxic to fish. The LC50 values for the sodium salt are 31 mg/L in
bluegill and 54 mg/L in rainbow trout. It has a low toxicity to crustaceans. The LC50 (96-hour) in fiddler crabs is greater
than 1000 mg/L, and is 150 mg/L in freshwater clams.

Effects on other organisms: Acifluorfen is nontoxic to bees.

Environmental Fate:

Breakdown in soil and groundwater: Acifluorfen is moderately persistent in soils. In one study, acifluorfen applied
to a silt loam degraded with a half-life of 59 days. Microbial action accounts for the majority of the compound's loss
from soil. No leaching of the chemical below 3 inches was observed.

Breakdown in water: Acifluorfen is stable in water; no degradation was observed in laboratory studies lasting up to
28 days. However, when it is exposed to sunlight, it degrades quickly. The half-life under continuous light was 92
hours in water. When it does degrade, the primary breakdown product tends to vaporize.

Breakdown in vegetation: In susceptible plants, such as common cocklebur and ragweed, acifluorfen is absorbed
through the leaves and roots and is translocated only slightly. It works by inhibiting a critical plant enzyme. In
acifluorfen resistant plants like soybeans, no acifluorfen movement from the treated leaves takes place because
plants break down acifluorfen into a nontoxic form. High relative humidity favours herbicide penetration into the plant.
High temperatures before and after spraying tend to increase susceptibility and death.

section 13 - Disposal Considerations: 

Disposal: Special help is available for the disposal of Agricultural Chemicals. The product label will give general
advice regarding disposal of small quantities, and how to cleanse containers. However, for help with the collection of
unwanted rural chemicals, contact ChemClear 1800 008 182 and for help with the
disposal of empty drums, contact DrumMuster where you will find contact details for
your area.

section 14 - Transport Information: 

UN Number: This product is not classified as a Dangerous Good by ADG, IATA or IMDG/IMSBC criteria. No special
transport conditions are necessary unless required by other regulations.

section 15 - Regulatory Information: 

AICS: All of the significant ingredients in this formulation are compliant with NICNAS regulations.
The following ingredient: Acifluorfen, is mentioned in the SUSMP.

section 16 - Other Information: 

This MSDS contains only safety-related information. For other data see product literature.

ADG Code Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail, 7th Edition
AICS Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances
SWA Safe Work Australia, formerly ASCC and NOHSC
CAS number Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number
Hazchem Code Emergency action code of numbers and letters that provide information to emergency services especially firefighters
IARC International Agency for Research on Cancer
NOS Not otherwise specified
NTP National Toxicology Program (USA)
R-Phrase Risk Phrase
SUSMP Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines & Poisons
UN Number United Nations Number


Contact Points:

Call Adama on (02)9431 7800 and ask for the technical manager.   Fax: (02)9431 7700


Police and Fire Brigade:  Dial 000
Emergency contact:  1800 024 973 (24 hours)


If ineffective:

Dial Poisons Information Centre (13 1126 from anywhere in Australia)

The information contained in this Material Safety Data Sheet is provided in good faith and is believed to be correct at the date hereof. However, it is expected that individuals receiving the information will exercise their independent judgement in determining its appropriateness for a particular purpose. Adama Australia Pty Ltd makes no representation as to the accuracy or comprehensiveness of the information and to the full extent allowed by law excludes all liability whatsoever, whether with respect to negligence or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from or connection with the supply or use of the information in this Material Safety Data Sheet.

Please read all labels carefully before using product.

This MSDS is prepared in accord with the SWA document “National Code of Practice for the Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheets” 2nd Edition [NOHSC:2011(2003)] Copyright © Kilford & Kilford Pty Ltd, August, 2012. Phone (02)9251 4532