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BERYLLIUM FLUORIDE
ICSC: 1355
Peer-Review Status: 04.12.2000 Validated
Beryllium difluoride 
CAS #: 7787-49-7 RTECS #: DS2800000
UN #: 1566
EC #: 004-002-00-2
EINECS #: 232-118-5
    Formula: BeF2
Molecular mass: 47.0

TYPES OF
HAZARD /
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS      PREVENTION      FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.    In case of fire in the surroundings, use appropriate extinguishing media. 
EXPLOSION      
 
EXPOSURE   PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! AVOID ALL CONTACT!  IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR! 
Inhalation Cough. Sore throat. Shortness of breath. Symptoms may be delayed. See Notes.  Use closed system or ventilation.  Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Refer for medical attention. 
Skin Redness. Pain.  Protective gloves. Protective clothing.  Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention . 
Eyes Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.  Wear face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.  First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then refer for medical attention. 
Ingestion Abdominal pain. Diarrhoea. Nausea. Vomiting.  Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.  Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention . 

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL
PACKAGING & LABELLING
Personal protection: chemical protection suit including self-contained breathing apparatus. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Sweep spilled substance into sealable containers. If appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder. Then store and dispose of according to local regulations.  Unbreakable packaging.
Put breakable packaging into closed unbreakable container.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs. 
EC Classification
Symbol: T+, N; R: 49-25-26-36/37/38-43-48/23-51/53; S: 53-45-61; Note: A, E 
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 6.1; UN Pack Group: II 
GHS Classification
 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61GT5-II.  Separated from strong acids and food and feedstuffs. Well closed. 

IMPORTANT DATA
Physical State; Appearance
COLOURLESS LUMPS. 

Physical dangers
 

Chemical dangers
Reacts with strong acids. 

Occupational exposure limits
TLV (as Be): 0.002 mg/m³ as TWA; 0.01 mg/m³ as STEL; A1 (confirmed human carcinogen); (ACGIH 2008); notice of intended change (see Notes).
MAK: Carcinogen category: 1; Sensitization of respiratory tract and skin (SAH); (DFG 2008). 

Routes of exposure
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion. 

Inhalation risk
Evaporation at 20°C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed. 

Effects of short-term exposure
The substance is severely irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract. Inhalation of dust or fume may cause chemical pneumonitis. The effects may be delayed. Medical observation is indicated. Exposure could cause death. 

Effects of long-term or repeated exposure
Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. Repeated or prolonged inhalation may cause effects on the lungs. This may result in chronic beryllium disease (cough; weight loss; weakness). This substance is carcinogenic to humans. 


PHYSICAL PROPERTIES ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
Boiling point: 1160°C
Melting point: 555°C
Density: 1.99 g/cm³
Solubility in water: very good 
The substance is very toxic to aquatic organisms. The substance may cause long-term effects in the aquatic environment. 

NOTES
The symptoms of acute pneumonitis following a massive short-term exposure do not become manifest until 3 days.
Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is suggested.
Do NOT take working clothes home.
Card has been partly updated in April 2005. See sections Occupational Exposure Limits, Emergency Response.
TLV Intended change: 0.00005 mg/m³ as TWA; 0.0002 mg/m³ as STEL; (skin); SEN; A1 (confirmed human carcinogen); (ACGIH 2008).
Card has been partially updated in February 2009: see Occupational Exposure Limits. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
 

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