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Tantalum (metal and oxide dust, as Ta)

Synonyms & Trade Names
Tantalum metal: Tantalum-181
Synonyms of other tantalum dusts (including oxide dusts) vary depending upon the specific compound.
CAS No.
7440-25-7 (metal)
RTECS No.
WW5505000 (metal)
DOT ID & Guide
Formula
Ta (metal)
Conversion
IDLH
2500 mg/m3 (as Ta)
See: 7440257
Exposure Limits
NIOSH REL
: TWA 5 mg/m3 ST 10 mg/m3
OSHA PEL
: TWA 5 mg/m3
Measurement Methods

NIOSH 0500
See: NMAM or OSHA Methods
Physical Description
Metal: Steel-blue to gray solid or black, odorless powder.
MW:
180.9
BP:
9797°F
MLT: 5425°F
Sol:
Insoluble
VP:
0 mmHg (approx)
IP:
NA
Sp.Gr:
16.65 (metal) 14.40 (powder)
Fl.P:
NA
UEL:
NA
LEL:
NA
MEC:
<200 g/m3
Metal: Combustible Solid; powder ignites SPONTANEOUSLY in air.
Incompatibilities & Reactivities
Strong oxidizers, bromine trifluoride, fluorine
Exposure Routes
inhalation, skin and/or eye contact
Symptoms
irritation eyes, skin; in animals: pulmonary irritation
Target Organs
Eyes, skin, respiratory system
Personal Protection/Sanitation
(See protection codes)
Skin: No recommendation
Eyes: No recommendation
Wash skin: No recommendation
Remove: No recommendation
Change: No recommendation
First Aid
(See procedures)
Eye: Irrigate immediately

Breathing: Respiratory support
Respirator Recommendations

NIOSH/OSHA

Up to 25 mg/m3:
(APF = 5) Any quarter-mask respirator.
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Up to 50 mg/m3:
(APF = 10) Any particulate respirator equipped with an N95, R95, or P95 filter (including N95, R95, and P95 filtering facepieces) except quarter-mask respirators. The following filters may also be used: N99, R99, P99, N100, R100, P100.
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(APF = 10) Any supplied-air respirator

Up to 125 mg/m3:
(APF = 25) Any supplied-air respirator operated in a continuous-flow mode
(APF = 25) Any powered, air-purifying respirator with a high-efficiency particulate filter.

Up to 250 mg/m3:
(APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator with an N100, R100, or P100 filter.
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(APF = 50) Any supplied-air respirator that has a tight-fitting facepiece and is operated in a continuous-flow mode
(APF = 50) Any powered, air-purifying respirator with a tight-fitting facepiece and a high-efficiency particulate filter
(APF = 50) Any self-contained breathing apparatus with a full facepiece
(APF = 50) Any supplied-air respirator with a full facepiece

Up to 2500 mg/m3:
(APF = 1000) Any supplied-air respirator operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode

Emergency or planned entry into unknown concentrations or IDLH conditions:
(APF = 10,000) Any self-contained breathing apparatus that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode
(APF = 10,000) Any supplied-air respirator that has a full facepiece and is operated in a pressure-demand or other positive-pressure mode in combination with an auxiliary self-contained positive-pressure breathing apparatus

Escape:
(APF = 50) Any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator with an N100, R100, or P100 filter.
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Any appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus

Important additional information about respirator selection

See also: INTRODUCTION   See ICSC CARD: 1596
 
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