Boron Oxide

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1   PRODUCT AND SUPPLIER IDENTIFICATION

Product Name:   Boron Oxide

Formula:             B2O3

Supplier:             ESPI Metals

                           1050 Benson Way

                            Ashland, OR 97520

Telephone:         800-638-2581

Fax:                    541-488-8313

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Emergency:        Infotrac 800-535-5053 (US) or 352-323-3500 (24 hour)

Recommended Uses:  Scientific Research

 

 

2   HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION

GHS Classification (29 CFR 1910.1200): Skin corrosion/irritation, category 2, Eye damage/irritation, category 2A, Toxic to reproduction, category 1B, Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure, category 3.

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GHS Label Elements:

Signal Word: Danger

Hazard Statements: H315 Causes skin irritation, H319 Causes serious eye irritation, H335 May cause respiratory irritation, H360 May damage fertility or the unborn child.

Precautionary Statements: P201 Obtain special instructions before use, P202 Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood, P261 Avoid breathing dust or fume, P264 Wash skin thoroughly after handling, P271 Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, P280 Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection, P302+P352 IF ON SKIN: wash with plenty of soap and water, P332+P313 IF SKIN irritation occurs: Get medical advice/attention, P305+P351+P338 IF IN EYES: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing, P337+P313 IF eye irritation persists: Get medical advice/attention, P304+P340 IF INHALED: Remove victim to fresh air and keep comfortable for breathing, P308+P313 IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention, P312 Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician if you feel unwell, P362+P364 Take off contaminated clothing and wash it before reuse, P405 Store locked up, P501 Dispose of contents/container in accordance with local, state or federal regulations.

 

 

3   COMPOSITION/INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS

Ingredient:    Boron Oxide

CAS#:             1303-86-2

%:                  ≥99

EC#:               215-125-8

Common Names and Synonyms: Boron trioxide, diboron trioxide, boric anhydride.

 

 

4   FIRST AID MEASURES

General Measures: Remove patient from area of exposure.

INHALATION: Remove to fresh air, keep warm and quiet, give oxygen if breathing is difficult. Seek medical attention.

INGESTION: Rinse mouth with water. Do not induce vomiting. Seek medical attention. Never induce vomiting or give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.

SKIN: Remove contaminated clothing, brush material off skin, wash affected area with soap and water. Seek medical attention if irritation develops or persists.

EYES: Flush eyes with lukewarm water, including under upper and lower eyelids, for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical attention if irritation develops or persists.

Most Important Symptoms/Effects, Acute and Delayed: May cause irritation. See section 11 for more information.

Indication of Immediate Medical Attention and Special Treatment: No other relevant information available.

 

 

5   FIREFIGHTING MEASURES

Extinguishing Media: Use suitable extinguishing agent for surrounding materials and type of fire.

Unsuitable Extinguishing Media: No information available.

Specific Hazards Arising from the Material: May release toxic fumes if involved in a fire.

Special Protective Equipment and Precautions for Firefighters: Wear full face, self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing.

 

 

6   ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES

Personal Precautions, Protective Equipment, and Emergency Procedures: Wear appropriate respiratory and protective equipment specified in section 8. Isolate spill area and provide ventilation. Avoid breathing dust or fume. Avoid contact with skin and eyes.

Methods and Materials for Containment and Cleaning Up: Avoid creating dust. Scoop or vacuum up spill using a vacuum system equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filtration system and place in a properly labeled closed container for further handling and disposal.

Environmental Precautions: Do not allow to enter drains or to be released to the environment.

 

 

7   HANDLING AND STORAGE

Precautions for Safe Handling: Avoid creating dust. Provide adequate ventilation if dusts are created. Avoid breathing dust or fumes. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Wash thoroughly before eating or smoking. See section 8 for information on personal protection equipment.

Conditions for Safe Storage: Store in a cool, dry area. Store material tightly sealed in properly labeled containers. Protect from moisture. Do not store together with oxidizers. See section 10 for more information on incompatible materials.

 

 

8   EXPOSURE CONTROLS AND PERSONAL PROTECTION

Exposure Limits:             OSHA/PEL:       ACGIH/TLV:

Boron Oxide (total dust)     15 mg/m3           10 mg/m3

Engineering Controls: Ensure adequate ventilation to maintain exposures below occupational limits. Whenever possible the use of local exhaust ventilation or other engineering controls is the preferred method of controlling exposure to airborne dust and fume to meet established occupational exposure limits. Use good housekeeping and sanitation practices. Do not use tobacco or food in work area. Wash thoroughly before eating or smoking. Do not blow dust off clothing or skin with compressed air.

Individual Protection Measures, Such as Personal Protective Equipment:

   Respiratory Protection: Use suitable respirator when high concentrations are present.

   Eye Protection: Safety glasses

   Skin Protection: Impermeable gloves, protective work clothing as necessary.

 

 

9   PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES

Appearance:

Form:                  Solid or powder

Color:                  White

Odor:                   Odorless

Odor Threshold:  Not determined

pH:                                             N/A

Melting Point:                            450 oC

Boiling Point:                             1860 oC

Flash Point:                                N/A

Evaporation Rate                       N/A

Flammability:                             No data

Upper Flammable Limit:             No data

Lower Flammable Limit:             No data

Vapor Pressure:                          No data

Vapor Density:                            N/A

Relative Density (Specific Gravity):     2.46 g/cc

Solubility in H2O:                        Slightly soluble

Partition Coefficient (n-octanol/water):   Not determined

Autoignition Temperature:        No data

Decomposition Temperature:    No data

Viscosity:                                    N/A

 

 

10   STABILITY AND REACTIVITY

Reactivity: No specific test data available.

Chemical Stability: Stable under recommended storage conditions.

Possibility of Hazardous Reactions: Hazardous polymerization will not occur.

Conditions to Avoid: Hygroscopic, protect from moisture.

Incompatible Materials: Strong oxidizing agents, water/moisture.

Hazardous Decomposition Products: Boron oxide fume.

 

 

11   TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Likely Routes of Exposure: Inhalation, skin and eyes.

Symptoms of Exposure: May cause irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory system.

Acute and Chronic Effects:

Boron Oxide: Irritation to skin, eyes and respiratory system has been observed in workers exposed to boron in the workplace and in animal studies.

Boric Acid: In animal studies high doses of boric acid in the diet has resulted in testicular atrophy, decreased sperm count, reduced motility, and abnormal sperm morphology in males. The doses administered were many times in excess of those which humans would normally be exposed to.

Acute Toxicity: LD50 oral - mouse - 3163 mg/kg

Carcinogenicity: NTP: Not identified as carcinogenic   IARC: Not identified as carcinogenic

To the best of our knowledge the chemical, physical and toxicological characteristics of the substance are not fully known.

 

 

12   ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

Ecotoxicity: No data

Persistence and Degradability: No data

Bioaccumulative Potential: No data

Mobility in Soil: No data

Other Adverse Effects: Do not allow material to be released to the environment. No further relevant information available.

 

 

13   DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS

Waste Disposal Method:

Product: Dispose of in accordance with Federal, State and Local regulations.

Packaging: Dispose of in accordance with Federal, State and Local regulations.

 

 

14   TRANSPORT INFORMATION

Shipping Regulations: Not regulated

   UN Number:                           N/A

   UN Proper Shipping Name:   N/A

   Transport Hazard Class:       N/A

   Packing Group:                      N/A

   Marine Pollutant:                   No

 

 

15   REGULATORY INFORMATION

TSCA Listed: Yes

DSL Listed: Yes

Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP): Skin corrosion/irritation, category 2, Eye damage/irritation, category 2A, Toxic to reproduction, category 1B, Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure, category 3.

WHMIS 2015 Classification: Skin corrosion/irritation, Serious eye damage/eye irritation, Reproductive toxicity, Specific target organ toxicity - single exposure.

HMIS Ratings: Health: 1     Flammability: 0     Physical: 0

NFPA Ratings: Health: 1     Flammability: 0     Instability: 0

Chemical Safety Assessment: A chemical safety assessment has not been carried out.

 

 

16   OTHER INFORMATION

The information contained in this document is based on the state of our knowledge at the time of publication and is believed to be correct, but does not purport to be all inclusive and shall be used only as a guide. ESPI Metals makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee of any kind with respect to the information contained in this document or any use of the product based on this information. ESPI Metals shall not be held liable for any damages resulting from handling or from contact with the above product. Users should satisfy themselves that they have all current data relevant to their particular use.

 

Prepared by:             ESPI Metals

Revised/Reviewed:   November 2016