International Chemical Safety Cards

URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE ICSC: 1250

URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE
Uranium fluoride
UF6
Molecular mass: 352.0
CAS # 7783-81-5
RTECS # YR4720000
ICSC # 1250
UN # 2978

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

In case of fire in the surroundings: powder, carbon dioxide, NO water.
EXPLOSION


 
EXPOSURE
AVOID ALL CONTACT!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
INHALATION Corrosive. Burning sensation. Cough. Shortness of breath.
Avoid inhalation of fine dust and mist. Closed system and ventilation.
Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
SKIN Corrosive. Skin burns. Pain.
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
First rinse with plenty of water, then remove contaminated clothes and rinse again. Refer for medical attention. Wear protective gloves when administering first aid.
EYES Corrosive. Pain. Severe deep burns.
Face shield 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 Corrosive. Abdominal cramps. Burning sensation. Shock or collapse.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Give plenty of water to drink. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Sweep spilled substance into sealable containers, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus).
Separated from aromatic compounds, ethanol, food and feedstuffs. Dry. Well closed. Keep in a well-ventilated room.
Unbreakable packaging; put breakable packaging into closed unbreakable container. Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
UN Hazard Class: 7
UN Subsidiary Risks: 8
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ICSC: 1250 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities IPCS CEC 1993

International Chemical Safety Cards

URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE ICSC: 1250

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PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS TO WHITE, DELIQUESCENT CRYSTALS.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:


CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance decomposes on heating producing toxic fumes of hydrogen fluoride (see ICSC # 0283). Reacts with aromatic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and xylene. Reacts violently with water and ethanol. Attacks many metals forming flammable/explosive gas (hydrogen - see ICSC # 0001). Attacks plastic, rubber and coatings.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
TLV (as U (soluble and insoluble compounds): ppm; 0.2 mg/m3 (as TWA); 0.6 mg/m3 (STEL) (ACGIH 1994-1995).


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

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful contamination of the air can be reached rather quickly on evaporation of this substance at 20C.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
Corrosive. The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. The substance may cause effects on the kidneys , resulting in kidney impairment and tissue lesions. Exposure at low level may result in death.


PHYSICAL
PROPERTIES
Boiling point: 56C
Relative density (water = 1): 5.09
Solubility in water, g/100 ml at 20C: reaction
Vapour pressure, kPa at 20C: 14.2
ENVIRONMENTAL
DATA

N O T E S
Do NOT take working clothes home. Shipping name: UN 2978: Uranium hexafluoride (low specific activity); UN 2977: Uranium hexafluoride, fissile (containing more than 1% (235) uranium).
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-70G06-2
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


ICSC: 1250 URANIUM HEXAFLUORIDE
IPCS, CEC, 1993
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