Diatomaceous Earth Powder - Diatomite - Damolex N
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Diatomaceous Earth Powder - Standard Grade
Diatomite - Damolex N
Diatomite (non-calcined Diatomaceous Earth) is a popular alternative to chemical insecticides. It is milled to a fine powder, producing irregularly shaped particles of silica which can penetrate the epicuticles of insects, causing death by dehydration. Unlike conventional insecticides, its action is entirely mechanical, and it does not leave harmful chemical residues which may affect other animals.
Uses: non-chemical insecticide, absorbent, filter, abrasive, carrier.
Diatomaceous Earth is an absorbent mineral formed from the remains of diatoms, and is composed mainly of amorphous (non-crystalline) silica. Alternative names include diatomite and kieselguhr.
Diatoms are microscopic unicellular algae of the phylum Bacillariophyta, and can occur in marine or fresh water. Structurally in two halves – hence their name - their cell walls are impregnated with silica which builds up into large beds. Diatomaceous earth is therefore found close to the sites of current or former water bodies.
Human health: Not classified.
Environment: Not classified.
Classification (67/548/EEC): Not classified.
This product does not meet the criteria for classification as hazardous as defined in the
Regulation EC 1272/2008 and in Directive 67/548/EEC. Depending on the type of handling
and use, airborne respirable crystalline silica may be generated. Prolonged and/or massive
inhalation of respirable crystalline silica dust (particles up to 10 microns in size) may cause
lung fibrosis, commonly referred to as silicosis. Principal symptoms of silicosis are cough
and breathlessness. Occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust should be
monitored and controlled.
The product is not expected to be hazardous to the environment.
This product is an inorganic substance and does not meet the criteria for PBT or vPvB in
accordance with Annex XIII of REACH. This product should be handled with care to avoid