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MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET


I PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION

Erbium Er
Trade Name: Form ula:
7440-5 2-0
CAS #:


II HAZAR DOUS INGRED IENTS

Haz ardous C omp onents % OSHA/PEL ACGIH/TLV
Erbium 0-100 N/E N/E
15 m g/m 3 (dust), 5 m g/m 3 (resp) 10 m g/m 3 total dust
Particulates not otherwise regulated 0-100

OSH A H azard: Yes
SARA Title III Hazard Classification: Fire Hazard, Reactive Hazard.


III PHYSICAL DATA

2863 oC 1529 oC
Boiling Point: Melting Point:
9.07 N/A
Specific Gravity: Vapo r Density:
N/A 0
Vapor Pressure: % V olatiles:
Silver solid, no odo r. Insoluble
Appearance and Odor: Solubility in H 2O:


IV FIRE AND EXPLOSION H AZARDS DATA

Flash Point: N/A Autoignition Temperature: N/A
Explosive limits: Lower: NA Upper: NA

Extingu ishing Media: Dry chemical, Class D extinguisher. DO NOT USE WATER
Special Firefighting Procedures: Wear an NIOSH/MSHA approved self-contained breathing apparatus and full protective clothing.

Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazards: Avoid creating fine dusts, beca use as a po wder, this produ ct is capable o f creating a d ust
explosion.


V HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION

Effects of Exposure:

Inhalation: May be harm ful if inhaled. G ood industrial hyg iene prac tice suggests limiting exposure to all respirable particulates.
Ingestion: Evid ence sug gests low toxicity p otential due to po or ab sorption b y the oral ro ute.
Skin : Evidence suggests low toxicity potential due to poor skin absorption. May cause skin irritation.
Eye: May cause eye irritation.

Other: Has anticoagulant effect when given intravenously.

Chro nic Effects: No data found
Carcino genicity: NTP: No IARC: No OSHA: No AC GIH : No
EMERG ENCY AND FIRST AID PROCEDURES:

INHALATION: Remove from area of exposure. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.
GET IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION.
INGESTION: If swallowed and victim is fully conscious, induce vomiting imm ediately by giving two glasses of water and sticking
finger do wn throa t. GET IM MED IAT E M ED ICA L A TT EN TIO N.
SK IN: In case of co ntact, im me diately wash w ith soap and w ater for at least 5 min utes. Rem ove any contaminated clothing o r shoes.
Tho roug hly clean contam inated clothing and shoes before reu se. Seek m edical attention if irritation develops or persists.
EYE: In case of co ntact, imm ediately flush eyes w ith plenty of water for at least 15 m inutes using and ey ewash foun dation. List
upper and lower lids an d rinse w ell under them. Get m edical attention if irritation develops or persists.

NOTE TO PHYSICIAN: All treatments should be based on observed signs and symptoms of distress in the patient. Consideration
should be given to the possibility that overexposure to materials other than this product may have occurred. Treat symptomatically,
no specific information found


VI REACTIVITY DATA

Stability: Stable

Co nditio ns to Av oid: Avoid creating dusts. Air and moisture sensitive.
Incompatibility (Material to avoid): Strong acids, strong oxidizing agents, halogens

Haz ardous D ecomposition Produc ts: The nature of decomposition products is not known.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.


VII SPILL OR LEAK PROC EDURES

Steps to Be Taken in Case Material Is Released or Spilled: Elim inate all sourc es of ig nition. Eva cuate area. We ar appropriate
protective gear. Sweep into ap propriate container. Avoid creating du st. DO NO T use "shop" vacu um as this m ay ca use a fire.
Ventilate area. Wash spill area after material pickup is complete.

Waste Disposal Method: Dispose o f in accord ance w ith local, state, and fede ral regulations.


VIII SPECIAL PROTECTION INFORMATION

Respiratory Protection: In dusting conditions, use a NIOSH/MSHA approved dust mask.
Ventilation: Provide adequ ate ventilation. U se local exh aust as need ed to m aintain airborne exposure below control lim its.

Protective Clothing: Work clothes and gloves.
Eye Protection: Safety glasses with side shields, Chemical Wo rkers Dust-Proof Go ggles (under dusting con ditions).

Other Protective Equipment: Ma intain a sink, safety sh ow er and eyewash fo untain in the work area. H ave oxy gen readily
available.


IX SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS

Precautions to Be Taken in Handling and Storage: Store in a cool, dry place in tightly closed containers. Air and mo isture
sensitive. Store away from oxidizers and other materials listed under incompatibility. STORE UNDER ARGO N OR OTHER INERT
ENV IRONM ENT . Avoid breathing dusts. Avoid direct or prolonged contact with skin and eyes. Wash hands thoroughly after
handling. Do not rub eyes with soiled hands. Do not eat, drink, or smoke in the work area.

Other Precautions: Avoid creating dusts as this product, like most materials in powder form, is capable of creating a dust explosion.

Wo rk Practices: Do not sto re, use, and/or co nsume foods, be verages, tobacco products, or cosm etics in areas w here this m aterial is

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stored. Wash hands and face carefully before eating, drinking, using tobacco, applying cosmetics, or using the toilet. Wash exposed
skin p rom ptly to rem ove accid entally splash es of contact with this m aterial. M aintain a sink, safety show er and eyewash fo untain in
the work area. Have oxygen readily available.

Transportation Status:

Powd er an d Th in Fo il: Metal powd er, flammable, n.o.s., UN 308 9, PG II; Flamm able solid, organic, n.o.s., UN 132 5, PG II.
Ingot and Chunk: Not regulated
SAR A T itle III: Not listed.
State/International Right-to-know Regulations: Not listed.

W arning Statem ents: Flammable Solid When a Powder or Thin Foil. All forms will react with dilute acids emitting
flamm able/exp losive hy drog en gas.


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.


Issued by: S. Dierks
Date: December 1989




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