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SILVER

ICSC: 0810

Argentium
C.I. 77820
Ag
ICSC # 0810
CAS # 7440-22-4
RTECS # VW3500000
September 10, 1997 Validated

TYPES OF HAZARD/ EXPOSURE

ACUTE HAZARDS/ SYMPTOMS

PREVENTION

FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING

FIRE Not combustible, except as powder.
EXPLOSION
EXPOSURE PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST!
•INHALATION Local exhaust or breathing protection. Fresh air, rest.
•SKIN Protective gloves. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower.
•EYES Safety spectacles, or eye protection in combination with breathing protection if powder. First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
•INGESTION Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.

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. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment. Separated from ammonia, strong hydrogen peroxide solutions, strong acids.
ICSC: 0810 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.

SILVER

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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
WHITE METAL, TURNS DARK ON EXPOSURE TO OZONE, HYDROGEN SULFIDE OR SULFUR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
Shock-sensitive compounds are formed with acetylene. Reacts with acids causing fire hazard. Contact with strong hydrogen peroxide solution will cause violent decomposition to oxygen gas. Contact with ammonia may cause formation of compounds that are explosive when dry.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV (metal): 0.1 mg/m3 (ACGIH 1997).
EU OEL: 0.1 mg/m3 as TWA (EU 2000).
OSHA PEL: TWA 0.01 mg/m3
NIOSH REL: TWA 0.01 mg/m3
NIOSH IDLH: 10 mg/m3 (as Ag) See: IDLH INDEX

ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation 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:
Inhalation of high amounts of metallic silver vapours may cause lung damage with pulmonary oedema.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
The substance may cause a grey-blue discoloration of the eyes, nose, throat and skin (argyria/argyrosis).

PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES

Boiling point: 2212°C
Melting point: 962°C
Relative density (water = 1): 10.5
Solubility in water: none

ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

This substance may be hazardous to the environment; special attention should be given to aquatic organisms.

N O T E S

Card has been partially updated in March 2008: see Occupational Exposure Limits.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ICSC: 0810 SILVER
(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.
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