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MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET


I PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION

Calcium Boride CaB 6
Trade Name: Form ula:
Inorganic boride 12007 -99-7
Ch em ical Fam ily: CAS #:


II HAZAR DOUS INGRED IENTS

Haz ardous C omp onents % OSHA/PEL ACGIH/TLV
Calcium Boride 0-100 N/E N/E


III PHYSICAL DATA

Freezing/Melting Point: 2235 oC
N/E
Boiling Point:
2.45 Vapor Density (Air=1): N/A
Specific Gravity (H 2O=1):
N/A Insoluble
Vapor Pressure (mm Hg): Solubility in H 2O:
Black crystals, cubic, no odor
Appearance and Odor:


IV FIRE AND EXPLOSION H AZARDS DATA

Flash Point (Method used): N/A Autoignition Temperature: N/A
Flam mab le Limits: Lower: N/A Upper: N/A

Extingu ishing Media: Do not use water. Use carbon dioxide, dry chemical extinguishing agents, dry sand, or dry ground dolomite.
Special Fire Fighting Procedures: Firefighters must wear full face, self-contained breathing apparatus with full protective clothing
to prevent contact with skin and eyes. If without risk remove m aterial from fire area.

Unusual Fire & Explosion Hazard: On contact with m oisture , acid o r acid fum es, will evolv e boron hyd rides w hich ma y be toxic
and flammable.


V HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION

Effects of Exposure:

Boron com pou nds are very to xic an d therefore conside red an ind ustrial poison . Boron affects the cen tral nervou s system .
Boron poisoning causes depression of the circulation, persistent vomiting and diarrhea, followed by profound shock and coma. The
temperature becomes subnormal and a scarlatina from rash may cover the entire body.

Acute E ffects:

Inhalation: Inhalation of dusts may cause sneezing, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, chest pain and irritation to the mucous
mem branes
Ingestion: May be harmful. No specific data available.
Skin : May cause itching, redness and swelling.
Eye: Eyes may become red with tearing, pain, itching and swelling.
Chro nic Effects: None known
Routes of Entry: Ingestion, skin, eyes.
Medical Conditions Generally Aggravated by Exposure: Persons with pre-existing eye, skin or respiratory conditions may be
mo re susc eptible to the effects of this p roduct.
Carcino genicity: NTP: No IARC: No OSHA: No EPA: No

EMERG ENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES:

INHALATION: Remove to fresh air. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. Call a physician immediately.
INGESTION: If swallowed call a physician immediately. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person.
SK IN: Remove contaminated clothing, flood skin with large amounts of water. If irritation persists seek medical attention.
EYES: Imm ediately flush eyes, including under eyelids, with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Call a physician.


VI REACTIVITY DATA

Stability: Stable

Co nditio ns to Av oid: Exposure to moisture.
Incompatibility (Material to Avoid): Water, acids, acid fum es.

Haz ardous D ecomposition Produc ts: When in contact with acid, CaB6 forms boron hydride which is highly toxic and flammable.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur


VII SPILL OR LEAK PROC EDURES

Steps to Be Taken in Case Material Is Released or Spilled: Wearing full protective equipment, vacuum or sweep up material and
place in appropriate container. Avoid g eneration of du st.

Waste Disposal Method: Dispose o f in accord ance w ith Federal, State and L ocal regu lations.


VIII SPECIAL PROTECTION INFORMATION

Respiratory Protection: NIOSH/MS HA approv ed dust mask for ordinary use, self-contained breathing apparatus for emergency use.
Ventilation: Use laboratory fume hood or , preferably, a glove bag or box with dry inert atmosphere.

Protective Gloves: Rubber
Eye Protection: ANSI approved safety goggles
Other Protective Clothing or Equipment: Lab coat and apron, flam e and chem ical resistant coveralls, as needed to preven t contact.


IX SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS

Precautions to Be Taken in Handling and Storage: Han dle in glov e bag or bo x w ith dry inert atm osphere. Keep container tightly
closed. Store in a cool, dry well-ventilated area. Wash thoroughly after use.

Warning: Causes central nervous system effects, irritation to skin and eyes.

Wo rk Practices: Imp lem ent en gineering and wo rk practice controls to re duc e and ma intain c onc entration o f exp osure at low levels.
Use good housekeeping and sanitation practices. Do not use tobacco or food in the 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 hygienic facilities for washing.

The abo ve inform ation is believ ed to be co rrect, but do es no t purp ort to b e all inclu sive an d sha ll be used only as a gu ide.
ESPI shall not be held liab le for any d am age resulting from h and ling o r from contact with the abov e pro duc t.


-Calcium Boride 2-
Issued By: S. Dierks
Date: March 1999




-Calcium Boride 3-

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