International Chemical Safety Cards

ARGON ICSC: 0154
ARGON
(liquefied, cooled)
Ar
Atomic mass: 39.95
CAS # 7440-37-1
RTECS # CF2300000
ICSC # 0154
UN # 1951

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Heating will cause rise in pressure with risk of bursting.

For cylinders, see Notes. In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE


  • INHALATION
  • Asphyxia. Dizziness. Unconsciousness.
    Ventilation.
    Fresh air, rest. Artificial respiration if indicated. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN
  • ON CONTACT WITH LIQUID: FROSTBITE.
    Cold-insulating gloves. Protective clothing.
    ON FROSTBITE: rinse with plenty of water, do NOT remove clothes. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Pain. Blurred vision. Severe deep burns.
    Safety goggles, or face shield.
    First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
  • INGESTION



  • SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Ventilation. NEVER direct water jet on liquid (extra personal protection: self-contained breathing apparatus).
    Store outside or in a separate well-ventilated building. Cool.

    UN Hazard Class: 2.2
    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 0154 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

    ARGON ICSC: 0154

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    COLOURLESS, ODOURLESS, LIQUEFIED GAS.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    The gas is heavier than air and may accumulate in low ceiling spaces causing deficiency of oxygen.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:


    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV not established.


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

    INHALATION RISK:
    On loss of containment this gas can cause suffocation by lowering the oxygen content of the air in confined areas.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The liquid may cause frostbite.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: -185.9°C
    Melting point: -189.2°C
    Solubility in water, ml/100 ml at 20°C: 3.4
    Relative vapour density (air = 1): 1.66
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    UN number 1006 for argon, compressed. In case of fire: keep cylinder cool by spraying with water. High concentrations in the air cause a deficiency of oxygen with the risk of unconsciousness or death.
    Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-17
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0154 ARGON
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