Material Safety Data Sheet
Nickel Metal

ACC# 16240
Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification

MSDS Name: Nickel Metal
Catalog Numbers: N40-500

Company Identification:

              Fisher Scientific
              1 Reagent Lane
              Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients

CAS# Chemical Name Percent EINECS/ELINCS
7440-02-0 NICKEL 100.0 231-111-4

Section 3 - Hazards Identification


Appearance: white to gray white solid.
Caution! May cause allergic skin reaction. May cause eye irritation. May cause respiratory tract irritation. May cause cancer in humans. May cause liver and kidney damage.
Target Organs: Kidneys, liver, respiratory system.

Potential Health Effects
Eye: May cause eye irritation.
Skin: May cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction, which becomes evident upon re-exposure to this material. May cause severe irritation and possible burns. May cause dermatitis.
Ingestion: Causes gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Inhalation: Inhalation of fumes may cause metal fume fever, which is characterized by flu-like symptoms with metallic taste, fever, chills, cough, weakness, chest pain, muscle pain and increased white blood cell count. Inhalation of a mist of this material may cause respiratory tract irritation. Breathing Nickel (Dust and Fume) can cause a sore or hole in the "bone" (septum) dividing the inner nose.
Chronic: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause sensitization dermatitis and possible destruction and/or ulceration. May cause respiratory tract cancer.

Section 4 - First Aid Measures

Eyes: Flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical aid immediately.
Skin: Get medical aid if irritation develops or persists. Wash clothing before reuse. Flush skin with plenty of soap and water.
Ingestion: If victim is conscious and alert, give 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical aid immediately.
Inhalation: Remove from exposure and move to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical aid if cough or other symptoms appear.
Notes to Physician: Treat symptomatically and supportively.
Antidote: There exists several chelation agents. The determination of there use should be made only by qualified medical personnel.

Section 5 - Fire Fighting Measures

General Information: As in any fire, wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. Dusts at sufficient concentrations can form explosive mixtures with air. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion. Dust can be an explosion hazard when exposed to heat or flame.
Extinguishing Media: Confining and smothering is preferable to applying water. DO NOT USE WATER, CO2, OR FOAM DIRECTLY ON FIRE ITSELF. Use DRY sand, sodium chloride powder, graphite powder, copper powder or Lith-X powder. Dousing metallic fires with water may generate hydrogen gas, an extremely dangerous explosion hazard, particularly if fire is in a confined environment.
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Autoignition Temperature: Not applicable.
Explosion Limits, Lower:Not available.
Upper: Not available.
NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 3; Flammability: 1; Instability: 0

Section 6 - Accidental Release Measures

General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated in Section 8.
Spills/Leaks: Very fine particles can cause a fire or explosion. Eliminate all ignition sources. Reduce airborne dust and prevent scattering by moistening with water. Sweep up, then place into a suitable container for disposal. Carefully scoop up and place into appropriate disposal container. Provide ventilation.

Section 7 - Handling and Storage

Handling: Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Use with adequate ventilation. Minimize dust generation and accumulation. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Avoid ingestion and inhalation.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances. Keep containers tightly closed.

Section 8 - Exposure Controls, Personal Protection

Engineering Controls: Facilities storing or utilizing this material should be equipped with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Use adequate general or local exhaust ventilation to keep airborne concentrations below the permissible exposure limits.
Exposure Limits
Chemical Name ACGIH NIOSH OSHA - Final PELs
NICKEL 1.5 mg/m3 TWA (inhalable fraction) 0.015 mg/m3 TWA 10 mg/m3 IDLH 1 mg/m3 TWA

OSHA Vacated PELs: NICKEL: 1 mg/m3 TWA
Personal Protective Equipment
Eyes: Wear appropriate protective eyeglasses or chemical safety goggles as described by OSHA's eye and face protection regulations in 29 CFR 1910.133 or European Standard EN166.
Skin: Wear appropriate gloves to prevent skin exposure.
Clothing: Wear appropriate protective clothing to minimize contact with skin.
Respirators: Follow the OSHA respirator regulations found in 29 CFR 1910.134 or European Standard EN 149. Use a NIOSH/MSHA or European Standard EN 149 approved respirator if exposure limits are exceeded or if irritation or other symptoms are experienced.

Section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical State: Solid
Appearance: white to gray white
Odor: none reported
pH: Not available.
Vapor Pressure: 1 mm Hg @ 1810 C
Vapor Density: Not available.
Evaporation Rate:Not available.
Viscosity: Not applicable.
Boiling Point: 2730 deg C
Freezing/Melting Point:1455 deg C
Decomposition Temperature:Not available.
Solubility: Insoluble in water.
Specific Gravity/Density:8.90
Molecular Formula:Ni
Molecular Weight:58.69

Section 10 - Stability and Reactivity

Chemical Stability: Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Conditions to Avoid: Incompatible materials, dust generation.
Incompatibilities with Other Materials: Acids, aluminum, ammonia, ammonium nitrate, bromine pentafluoride, ethylene + aluminum, dioxane, fluorine, hydrazine, hydrazoic acid, hydrogen, methanol, nitric acid, nitryl fluoride, organic solvents, oxidants, phosphorus, potassium perchlorate, selenium, sulfur and compounds.
Hazardous Decomposition Products: Toxic and highly flammable nickel carbonyl.
Hazardous Polymerization: Has not been reported.

Section 11 - Toxicological Information

CAS# 7440-02-0: QR5950000; QR6126100; QR6555000; QR7120000
Not available.

CAS# 7440-02-0:

Epidemiology: Epidemiological studies have shown an increased incidence of cancers among nickel refinery workers.
Teratogenicity: No information available.
Reproductive Effects: No information available.
Mutagenicity: No information available.
Neurotoxicity: No information available.
Other Studies:

Section 12 - Ecological Information

Ecotoxicity: No data available. No information available.
Environmental: No information reported.
Physical: No information available.
Other: None.

Section 13 - Disposal Considerations

Chemical waste generators must determine whether a discarded chemical is classified as a hazardous waste. US EPA guidelines for the classification determination are listed in 40 CFR Parts 261.3. Additionally, waste generators must consult state and local hazardous waste regulations to ensure complete and accurate classification.
RCRA P-Series: None listed.
RCRA U-Series: None listed.

Section 14 - Transport Information

Shipping Name: Not regulated as a hazardous material No information available.
Hazard Class:
UN Number:
Packing Group:

Section 15 - Regulatory Information


     CAS# 7440-02-0 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
Health & Safety Reporting List
     None of the chemicals are on the Health & Safety Reporting List.
Chemical Test Rules
     None of the chemicals in this product are under a Chemical Test Rule.
Section 12b
     None of the chemicals are listed under TSCA Section 12b.
TSCA Significant New Use Rule
     None of the chemicals in this material have a SNUR under TSCA.
CERCLA Hazardous Substances and corresponding RQs
     CAS# 7440-02-0: 100 lb final RQ (no reporting of releases of this hazardous substance is require
SARA Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substances
     None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
SARA Codes
     CAS # 7440-02-0: immediate, delayed, fire.
Section 313
     This material contains NICKEL (CAS# 7440-02-0, 100.0%),which is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 313 of SARA Title III and 40 CFR Part 373.
Clean Air Act:
     CAS# 7440-02-0 (listed as Nickel compounds) is listed as a hazardous a      ir pollutant (HAP).
     This material does not contain any Class 1 Ozone depletors.
     This material does not contain any Class 2 Ozone depletors.
Clean Water Act:
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Hazardous Substances under the CWA.      CAS# 7440-02-0 is listed as a Priority Pollutant under the Clean      Water Act. CAS# 7440-02-0 is listed as a Toxic Pollutant under the Clean Water Act.
     None of the chemicals in this product are considered highly hazardous by OSHA.
     CAS# 7440-02-0 can be found on the following state right to know lists: California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts.

California Prop 65
The following statement(s) is(are) made in order to comply with the California Safe Drinking Water Act:
WARNING: This product contains NICKEL, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.
California No Significant Risk Level: None of the chemicals in this product are listed.

European/International Regulations

European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives
Hazard Symbols:
Risk Phrases:

     R 40 Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect.
     R 43 May cause sensitization by skin contact.

Safety Phrases:

     S 22 Do not breathe dust.
     S 36 Wear suitable protective clothing.

WGK (Water Danger/Protection)

     CAS# 7440-02-0: No information available.
Canada - DSL/NDSL
     CAS# 7440-02-0 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
Canada - WHMIS
     This product has a WHMIS classification of D2A.
This product has been classified in accordance with the hazard criteria of the Controlled Products Regulations and the MSDS contains all of the information required by those regulations.
Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List
     CAS# 7440-02-0 is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.

Section 16 - Additional Information

MSDS Creation Date: 3/19/1998
Revision #5 Date: 10/28/2008

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