International Chemical Safety Cards

URANIUM DIOXIDE ICSC: 1251
URANIUM DIOXIDE
Uranous oxide
Black uranium oxide
UO2
Molecular mass: 270.0
CAS # 1344-57-6
ICSC # 1251

TYPES OF
HAZARD/
EXPOSURE
ACUTE HAZARDS/
SYMPTOMS
PREVENTION FIRST AID/
FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Combustible.
NO open flames.
Water spray, powder.
EXPLOSION


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
  • INHALATION

  • Avoid inhalation of fine dust and mist. Ventilation (not if powder), local exhaust, or breathing protection.
    Fresh air, rest. Refer for medical attention.
  • SKIN

  • Protective gloves.
    Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse and then wash skin with water and soap. Refer for medical attention.
  • EYES
  • Redness. Pain.
    Safety goggles 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. Wash hands before eating.
    Rinse mouth. Refer for medical attention.
    SPILLAGE DISPOSAL STORAGE PACKAGING & LABELLING
    Sweep spilled substance into sealable containers; if appropriate, moisten first to prevent dusting. Then remove to safe place (extra personal protection: P3 filter respirator for toxic particles).
    Well closed.

    SEE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON BACK
    ICSC: 1251 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 DIOXIDE ICSC: 1251

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    PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
    BLACK TO BROWN CRYSTALS OR BLACK TO BROWN POWDER.

    PHYSICAL DANGERS:


    CHEMICAL DANGERS:
    The substance may spontaneously ignite on contact with air when heated above 700C.

    OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS (OELs):
    TLV (as U): 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 of its aerosol.

    INHALATION RISK:
    Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly on spraying or when dispersed, especially if powdered.

    EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
    The substance irritates the eyes.

    EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
    Lungs may be affected by repeated or prolonged exposure to dust particles.
    PHYSICAL
    PROPERTIES
    Melting point: 2865C
    Relative density (water = 1): 11.0
    Solubility in water: none
    ENVIRONMENTAL
    DATA

    N O T E S
    Insufficient data are available on the effect of this substance on human health, therefore utmost care must be taken. Do NOT take working clothes home.
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


    ICSC: 1251 URANIUM DIOXIDE
    © IPCS, CEC, 1993
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