International Chemical Safety Cards

CALCIUM FLUORIDE ICSC: 1323
World Health Organization (WHO) International Labour Organization (ILO) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) European Commission National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Calcium difluoride
CaF2
Molecular mass: 78.1
ICSC #    1323
CAS #     7789-75-5
RTECS # EW1760000
March 25, 1999 Validated
TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!

 •INHALATION
Ventilation (not if powder), local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest.
 •SKIN
Protective gloves.
Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap.
 •EYES
Safety spectacles.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
 •INGESTION Nausea. Vomiting.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.
Rinse mouth.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Sweep spilled substance into containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place. Personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles.
Separated from mineral acids.

SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
ICSC: 1323 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities (C) IPCS CEC 1994. No modifications to the International version have been made except to add the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.

International Chemical Safety Cards

CALCIUM FLUORIDE ICSC: 1323
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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS CRYSTALS OR WHITE HYGROSCOPIC POWDER

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
On combustion, forms toxic fumes of fluoride. Reacts with mineral acids to produce corrosive fumes.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: (fluorides, as F) 2.5 mg/m as TWA; A4 (not classifiable as a human carcinogen); BEI issued; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: (as F) (Inhalable fraction) 1 mg/m;
Peak limitation category: I(4);
skin absorption (H);
Pregnancy risk group: C;
(DFG 2005).


ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly on spraying.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:


EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 2500C
Melting point: 1403C
Density: 3.2
g/cm
Solubility in water: none
at 20C
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
Calcium fluoride minerals are mined as fluorite and fluospar. Card has been partly updated in April and October 2005. See section Occupational Exposure Limits.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 1323 CALCIUM FLUORIDE
(C) IPCS, CEC, 1994
IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE: Neither NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS nor any person acting on behalf of NIOSH, the CEC or the IPCS is responsible for the use which might be made of this information. This card contains the collective views of the IPCS Peer Review Committee and may not reflect in all cases all the detailed requirements included in national legislation on the subject. The user should verify compliance of the cards with the relevant legislation in the country of use. The only modifications made to produce the U.S. version is inclusion of the OSHA PELs, NIOSH RELs and NIOSH IDLH values.