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MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET
I PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION
Gold Beryllium Alloy
Trade Name: Ch em ical Fam ily:
Beryllium 744 0-41-7, Go ld 7440-57 -5
II HAZAR DOUS INGRED IENTS
Haz ardous C omp onents OSHA/PEL ACGIH/TLV Ceiling
.002 mg /m 3 .002 mg /m 3 .005 mg /m 3
SARA Title 313: Yes
III PHYSICAL DATA
Boiling Point: Melting Point:
Vapo r Density: Specific Gravity:
N/E No nvo latile
Vapor Pressure: % Vo latile:
Gold colored, no odor Insoluble
Appearance and Odor: Solubility in H 2O:
IV FIRE AND EXPLOSION H AZARDS DATA
Flash Point: N/E
Explosive Lim its: Lower: N/E Upper: N/E
Extingu ishing Media: Use extinguishing media suitable for surrounding materials and type of fire.
Special Firefighting Procedures: Firefighters m ust w ear fu ll face, self-con tained breathing apparatus with full pro tective clothing to
prevent contac t with skin an d eyes. Fu mes from fire are hazardou s.
Unusual Fire and Explosion Hazard: In case of fire, toxic metal oxide fumes can be released.
V HEALTH HAZARD INFORMATION
Effects of Exposure:
To the best of our knowledge the acute and chronic toxicity of this substance is not fully known.
Acute E ffects: Acute ex posure to bery llium m ay cau se derm atitis, chronic skin ulcers, rhinitis, nasopharyng itis, epistaxis, bronchitis,
pneumonitis possibly fatal, fever, rales, dyspnea and substernal pain.
Chro nic Effects: Chronic exposure causes a delayed form of lung disease which may be delayed for five years or more after
exp osure stop s. Sym ptom s include co ugh ing, sh ortness of b reath, loss of a ppe tite, weight loss and fatigue. Cyano sis is com mo n w ith
elevated pulse and respiratory failure. Gold compounds m ay cause irritation to the eyes and respiratory tract. Aplastic anemia may
result fro m d am age to the b lood form ing o rgan s. Gold has caused tumo rs and repro duc tive effects in laboratory anim als via im plant,
intraperitone al and subcutan eous ro utes.
Carcino genicity: EPA: Yes IARC: Yes NTP: Yes AC GIH : Yes
EMERG ENCY FIRST AID PROCEDU RES:
INHALATION: Supply fresh air. If required, provide artificial respiration. Keep patient warm. Seek immediate medical advice.
INGESTION: Do not induce vomiting; immediately call for medical help. Seek imm ediate medical advice.
SK IN: Immediately remove any clothing soiled by the product. Immed iately wash with water and soap and rinse thoroughly. Seek
immediate medical advice.
EYE: Rinse opened eye fo r several minutes under runn ing water. Then co nsult a doctor.
VI REACTIVITY DATA
Co nditio ns to Av oid: None
Incompatibility (Materials to Avoid): Acids, bases, oxidizing agents, halogens, alkali metals and halocarbo ns. Gold can form
explosive compounds with ammon ia, amm onium hydroxide + aqua regia, and hydrogen peroxide.
Haz ardous D ecomposition Produc ts: Toxic metal oxide fume.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.
VII SPILL OR LEAK PROC EDURES
Steps to Be Taken in Case Material is Released or Spilled: Wear protective equipm ent. Keep unp rotected persons away. En sure
adequate ven tilation. Do no t allow m aterial to be released to the env ironm ent witho ut prop er gov ernm ental perm its.
Waste Disposal Method: Dispose o f in accord ance w ith all Federal, State and Lo cal regulation s.
VIII SPECIAL PROTECTION INFORMATION
Respiratory Protection: Use su itable respirato r wh en high conc entrations are pre sent.
Ventilation: Properly operating chemical fume hood designed for hazardous chemicals and having an average face velocity of at
least 100 feet per minute.
Protective Gloves: Impervious gloves
Safety Glasses: Safety glasses
Other Protective Clothing or Equipment: Protective work clothing
IX SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS
Precautions to Be Taken in Handling and Storage: Keep container tightly sealed. Store in cool, dry place in tightly closed
containers. Ensure good ventilation at the workplace. Open and handle container with care.
Wo rk Practices: Implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce and maintain concentration exposure. 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. Maintain eyewash capable of sustained flushing, safety drench shower and
facilities for washing.
Hazard Labeling: DA NG ER - INH AL AT ION OF DU ST OR FUMES MAY CA US E SER IOU S CH RO NIC LU NG DIS EA SE.
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POTENT IAL CANCE R HAZA RD BASED PRINCIPALLY ON ANIMA L TESTS.
This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
For use only by technically qualified individuals. This product contains beryllium and is subject to the reporting requirements of
section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 and 40CFR372.
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: November 2002
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