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Alert 3 - Potentially contaminated shipments of Oleyl Diamine

Comcare has received confirmed reports of potentially contaminated or incorrectly labelled shipments of Oleyl Diamine (CAS #7173-62-8) used to prepare ethoxylated products, acid thickener, cationic surfactants and to flush and disperse pigments (yellow pigment). 

Employees, contractors and individuals who are exposed, or have the potential to be exposed, to Oleyl Diamine should be aware that the flashpoint of this product may reduce from over 150°C to less than 35°C.

This is determined in accordance with AS1940-2004 ‘The storage and handling of flammable and combustible liquids’.

Statutory requirements

Section 16 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (the Act) requires employers to take all reasonably practicable steps to protect the health and safety at work of the employer’s employees and contractors. A breach of Section 16 can occur if an employer fails to take all reasonably practicable steps to:

  • Provide and maintain a working environment that provides adequate facilities for the welfare at work of employees and contractors
  • Protect the health and safety of employees and those at or near their place of work
  • Take appropriate action to monitor the health and safety at work of employees and contractors, or
  • Take appropriate action to monitor the conditions of the workplaces under the employer’s control.


  • Treat this product as being flammable until it is established that it is not.
  • Apply part 1 of the OHS Code 2008, Risk Management.

What should you do if you encounter this product?

Report the circumstances of contact with this product, where it is determined or suspected to have a flash point lower than that specified in the accompanying Materials Safety Data Sheet or equivalent to a Comcare investigator immediately.

The obligation to notify Comcare of OHS related events and the associated accompanying information required as set out in the Act and Regulations still applies.


Page last updated: 04 Nov 2013