Thulium Fluoride

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MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET

 

 

I.   PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION

Manufacturer/Supplier:

ESPI Metals

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Product Name:     Thulium Fluoride

Formula:              TmF3

CAS Number:       1376-79-7

 

 

II.   HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS

Hazardous Components:  Thulium Fluoride        Fluoride compounds

Percent (%):                     0-100                      0-100

OSHA/PEL:                        N/E                          N/E

ACGIH/TLV:                       N/E                         2.5 mg(F)/m3

 

 

III.   PHYSICAL DATA

Boiling Point:                    2200 oC

Melting Point:                   1158 oC

Specific Gravity:               N/E                                        

Solubility in H2O:              Insoluble

Appearance and Odor:     White powder, no odor.

 

 

IV.   FIRE AND EXPLOSION HAZARDS DATA

Flash Point (Method used):  N/A

Flammability:  Non-Flammable

Flammable LimitsLower:  N/A      Upper:  N/A

Extinguishing Media:  Dry powder, CO2 or water spray

Special Fire Fighting Procedures:  Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing to prevent contact with skin and eyes.

Unusual Fire & Explosion Hazard:  When heated to decomposition, thulium fluoride emits highly toxic fumes.

 

 

V.   HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION

Effects of Exposure:

A very large dose, or prolonged exposure may cause fluorosis (bone damage), and kidney or liver damage.  Inhalation of dust may cause irritation of the respiratory tract, pulmonary edema, congestion and fluorosis (bone damage).

Acute Effects:

Inhalation:  May cause sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, nausea and irritation of the respiratory tract.

Ingestion:  No information available

Skin:  May cause irritation, itching, and dermatitis.

Eye:  May cause burning sensation, irritation, redness and watering of the eyes if comes in contact.

Chronic Effects:  A very large dose, or prolonged exposure may cause fluorosis (bone damage), and kidney or liver damage.

Target Organs:  Eye, skin, kidney, liver, lung, bone.

Medical Conditions Possibly Aggravated by Overexposure:  Respiratory and skin disorders.

Routes of Entry:  Inhalation, skin, ingestion

 

EMERGENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES:

INHALATION:  Remove from area of exposure.  If not breathing, give artificial respiration.  If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.  Seek medical attention.

INGESTION:  Give 1-2 glasses of milk or water and induce vomiting.  Seek immediate medical attention.  Treat with gentle gastric lavage.  Multiple lumen tube suggested.  Monitor for cardiac arrhythmias.

SKIN:  Brush material off skin.  Wash affected area with soap and water.  Seek medical attention if irritation persists.

EYE:  In case of contact, immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes using a eyewash fountain.  Lift upper and lower lids and rinse well under them.  Get medical attention.

 

 

VI.   REACTIVITY DATA

Stability:  Stable

Conditions to Avoid:  Heat, flame, moisture and incompatibles.

Incompatibility (Materials to Avoid):  Strong acids

Hazardous Decomposition Products or Byproducts:  HF.  When heated to decomposition or on contact with acid or acid fumes, thulium fluoride emits highly toxic fumes.

Hazardous Polymerization:  Will not occur

 

 

VII.   SPILL OR LEAK PROCEDURES

Steps to Be Taken in Case Material Is Released or Spilled:  Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing.  Isolate the area where the spill occurred and insure that proper ventilation is available.  Vacuum up spill using a high efficiency unit and place in a container for proper disposal.  Take care not to raise dust.

Waste Disposal Method:  In accordance with Local, State and Federal Waste Disposal regulations.

 

 

VIII.   SPECIAL PROTECTION INFORMATION

Respiratory Protection (Specify Type):  Wear NIOSH-approved dust-mist-fume cartridge respirator.

Ventilation:  Use local exhaust to maintain exposure below TLV level for F2.  Handle in a controlled environment.  Mechanical exhaust is recommended.

Protective Gloves:  Polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, natural rubber

Eye Protection:  Safety glasses

Other Protective Equipment:  Wear protective clothing to prevent contamination of skin and clothes.

 


IX.   SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS

Special Precautions to Be Taken in Handling and Storage:  Store in tightly closed containers in a cool, dry place.  Wash hands and face thoroughly after handling and before eating.  Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.  To not breathe dust, vapor, mist or gas.  Contact with acid may release toxic vapors (HF) which causes burns.

Work Practices:  Implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain concentration of exposure at low levels.  Use good housekeeping and sanitation practices.  Do not use tobacco or food in work area.  Wash thoroughly before eating and smoking.  Do not blow dust off clothing or skin with compressed air.  Maintain eyewash capable of sustained flushing, safety drench shower and facilities for washing.

Transportation Status:  Corrosive solid, Acidic, inorganic, NOS (Thulium Trifluoride), UN 3260, PG II.

 


ESPI believes that the information and recommendations contained herein (including data and statements) are accurate as of the date hereof.  No warranty of fitness for any particular purpose, warranty of merchantability, or any other warranty, either express or implied, is made concerning the information provided herein.  The information provided herein relates only to the specific product designated and may not be valid where such product issued in combination with any other materials or in any process.  Further, since the conditions and methods of use of the product and of the information referred to herein are beyond the control of ESPI, ESPI expressly disclaims any and all liability as to any results obtained or arising from any use or the product or reliance on such information.

 

Issued by:             S Dierks

Date:                    March 1996