International Chemical Safety Cards

CHROMIUM ICSC: 0029
CHROMIUM
Chrome
(powder)
Cr (metal)
Atomic mass: 52.0
CAS # 7440-47-3
RTECS # GB4200000
ICSC # 0029
TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible if in very fine powder. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.
No open flames if in powder form.
In case of fire in the surroundings: all extinguishing agents allowed.
EXPLOSION Finely dispersed particles form explosive mixtures in air.
Prevent deposition of dust; closed system, dust explosion-proof electrical equipment and lighting.

EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

  • INHALATION
  • Cough.
    Local exhaust or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest.
  • SKIN
  • Redness.
    Protective gloves.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness.
    Face shield.
    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.
    Rinse mouth.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Vacuum spilled material. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P2 filter respirator for harmful particles).
    Fireproof. Separated from strong oxidants.

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    ICSC: 0029 Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety & the Commission of the European Communities © IPCS CEC 1993

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    STEEL GREY LUTROUS METAL.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:
    Dust explosion possible if in powder or granular form, mixed with air.

    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    Reacts violently with strong oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide, causing fire and explosion hazard. Reacts with diluted hydrochloric and sulfuric acids. Incompatible with alkalis and alkali carbonates.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV: ppm; 0.5 mg/m3 (as TWA) (ACGIH 1994-1995).


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


    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Boiling point: 2642°C
    Melting point: 1900°C
    Relative density (water = 1): 7.14
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Explosive limits are unknown in literature. Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is indicated.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 0029 CHROMIUM
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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