Pepper Spray Concerns: 

Is Pepper Spray unnecessarily used in training Police & Troopers & Military in our Nation? *

Back up copy - MSDS Counter Assault OC-10 Dec, 2008

Does anyone have an MSDS on Counter Assault OC-10 pepper spray prior to Dec., 2008?  There should be a National change in policy for use of pepper spray in Law Enforcement and Military training.  It is an oxymoron to say that protective goggles are needed for a product that is sprayed directly into your eyes.  Serious health issues for this unnecessary exposure.  "Capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum. An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray."

Ethanol formula compared to propylene glycol chemical formula ... to 2-butoxyethanol:

C2H6O / Ethanol (CH3CH2OH), the active ingredient in alcoholic drinks,
C3H8O / (C3H6O)nH2O    C3H8O2

2-butoxyethanol? C6H14O2

You will find this odd assortment of personality / health changes (like CFIDS)
Exposure 'looks like' the flu. *

. . . any noticeable personality change? ... anger outbursts at the drop of a hat? (Autoimmune central nervous system issue)
Tired all the time?

July 2, 2010

Dear Mrs. M. Diann Hursh,

Attached please find a letter I authored to you regarding your concerns with pepper spray used during training at the Public Safety Training Academy or issued to members of the Department of Public Safety. More information regarding Counter Assault pepper spray can be viewed on their website is at

Please feel free to contact me if you have further concerns or questions regarding the brand of pepper spray we use.



Lt. James Helgoe
Alaska State Troopers
Public Safety Training Academy
Sitka, AK 99835
Office (907) 747-6611 ext. 223
Fax (907) 747-5606

What is in OC-10 pepper spray used by police and troopers in the USA?  Promo page
I didn't see any easily accessible information on Material Safety Data Sheet (what is 'in' the product)

So I looked up; however, it is not easy to find an MSDS sheet;  ethanol and propylene glycol are found as emulsifiers, though

What does the MSDS say on the products you have?  Or can you get one?

Why is this?

Pepper Spray contains a chemical compound that irritates the eyes causing intense tearing, pain, and even temporary blindness. It can be used in many applications including personal self defense, riot control, and even defense against dogs and bears. The active ingredient in pepper spray, capsaicin, is derived from chilis and the effects are severe, sometimes incapacitating the attacker for 30-45 minutes.

Pepper Spray cannot be shipped to these states: New York, Massachusetts, Alaska and Hawaii.

Due to postal restrictions, pepper spray cannot be shipped via the United States Postal Service. Pepper spray cannot be shipped via any air services.


A demonstration of how pepper spray is used   US Marines training after being exposed to pepper spray
Pepper spray, also known as OC spray (from "Oleoresin Capsicum"), OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and even temporary blindness) that is used in riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.

Although considered a less lethal agent, it may be deadly in rare cases, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.[1]

The active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chilis. Extraction of oleoresin capsicum from peppers involves finely ground capsicum, from which capsaicin is extracted in an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum. An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray.

The US Army concluded in a 1993 Aberdeen Proving Ground study that pepper spray could cause "Mutagenic effects, carcinogenic effects, sensitization, cardiovascular and pulmonary toxicity, neurotoxicity, as well as possible human fatalities. There is a risk in using this product on a large and varied population".[8] However, the pepper spray was widely approved in the US despite the reservations of the US military scientists after it passed FBI tests in 1991. As of 1999, it was in use by more than 2000 public safety agencies.[9]

The head of the FBI's Less-Than-Lethal Weapons Program at the time of the 1991 study, Special Agent Thomas W. W. Ward, was fired by the FBI and was sentenced to 2 months in prison for receiving payments from a peppergas manufacturer while conducting and authoring the FBI study that eventually approved pepper spray for FBI use.[7][10][11] Prosecutors said that from December 1989 through 1990, Ward received about $5,000 a month for a total of $57,500, from Luckey Police Products, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company that was a major producer and supplier of pepper spray. The payments were paid through a Florida company owned by Ward's wife.[12]

In the United Kingdom, "Any weapon of whatever description designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other thing" is a Prohibited Weapon, under S.5 of The Firearms Act 1968. The same act covers other prohibited weapons such as automatic firearms and rocket launchers, all of which can only be possessed by permission of the Home Secretary. Although legal for police officers, recent debates have arisen whether such a weapon should be legal for civilians as means of defensive purposes only


MSDS:  No ingredients listed / stated as proprietary

Avoid any and ALL non-essential exposure to glycol ether, especially exposure to 2-butoxyethanol 

I did a search on google for and found it stated 315,000 finds / what does your search bring up?