Material Safety Data Sheet
Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate

ACC# 16310
Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification

MSDS Name: Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate
Catalog Numbers: AC193570000, AC193570050, AC193570250, AC207670000, AC207670020, AC207670250, AC207675000, AC270510000, AC270510010, AC270512500, S80104, S801041, N53-500, N54-10, N54-250, N54-3, N54-500, N54ME
Nickelous chloride; Nickel dichloride.
Company Identification:

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              Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
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Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients

CAS# Chemical Name Percent EINECS/ELINCS
7791-20-0 Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate 96+ unlisted

Section 3 - Hazards Identification


Appearance: fine crystals.
Warning! Toxic if swallowed. May cause skin sensitization by skin contact. Cancer hazard. Toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.
Target Organs: Skin.

Potential Health Effects
Eye: May cause eye irritation.
Skin: May cause skin irritation. May cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction, which becomes evident upon re-exposure to this material. May be harmful if absorbed through the skin.
Ingestion: Causes gastrointestinal irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Toxic if swallowed.
Inhalation: May cause allergic respiratory reaction. Inhalation may be fatal as a result of spasm, inflammation, edema of the larynx and bronchi, chemical pneumonitis and pulmonary edema. May cause burning sensation, coughing, wheezing, laryngitis, shortness of breath, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Chronic: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause sensitization dermatitis and possible destruction and/or ulceration. May cause respiratory tract cancer. May cause cancer in humans. Symptoms of overexposure to nickel can cause sensitization, dermatitis, allergic asthma and pneumonitis.

Section 4 - First Aid Measures

Eyes: Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical aid.
Skin: Get medical aid. Immediately flush skin with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes.
Ingestion: Do not induce vomiting. Get medical aid immediately. Call a poison control center.
Inhalation: Get medical aid immediately. Remove from exposure and move to fresh air immediately. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Do not use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if victim ingested or inhaled the substance; induce artificial respiration with the aid of a pocket mask equipped with a one-way valve or other proper respiratory medical device.
Notes to Physician: Treat symptomatically and supportively.

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. Water runoff can cause environmental damage. Dike and collect water used to fight fire. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion.
Extinguishing Media: Substance is noncombustible; use agent most appropriate to extinguish surrounding fire.
Flash Point: Noncombustible.
Autoignition Temperature: Noncombustible.
Explosion Limits, Lower:Not available.
Upper: Not available.
NFPA Rating: (estimated) Health: 2; Flammability: 0; Instability: 0

Section 6 - Accidental Release Measures

General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated in Section 8.
Spills/Leaks: Vacuum or sweep up material and place into a suitable disposal container. Wear a self contained breathing apparatus and appropriate personal protection. (See Exposure Controls, Personal Protection section). Avoid generating dusty conditions. Isolate area and deny entry. Provide ventilation. Do not let this chemical enter the environment.

Section 7 - Handling and Storage

Handling: Minimize dust generation and accumulation. Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing. Do not ingest or inhale. Use only in a chemical fume hood.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place. Store in a tightly closed container.

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 only under a chemical fume hood.
Exposure Limits
Chemical Name ACGIH NIOSH OSHA - Final PELs
Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate none listed 0.015 mg/m3 TWA (as Ni, except Nickel carbonyl) (listed under Nickel compounds).10 mg/m3 IDLH (as Ni, except Nickel carbonyl) (listed under Nickel compounds). 1 mg/m3 TWA (as Ni) (listed under Nickel soluble compounds).
Nickel(II) chloride 0.1 mg/m3 TWA (inhalable fraction, as Ni) (listed under Nickel, inorganic compounds, soluble). none listed none listed

OSHA Vacated PELs: Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate: No OSHA Vacated PELs are listed for this chemical. Nickel(II) chloride: No OSHA Vacated PELs are listed for this chemical.
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: Crystals
Appearance: green - fine
Odor: odorless
pH: 4-6 (5% aq. soln.)
Vapor Pressure: 1 mm Hg @615.6 deg C
Vapor Density: Not available.
Evaporation Rate:Negligible
Viscosity: Not available.
Boiling Point: 972.8 deg C
Freezing/Melting Point:Not available.
Decomposition Temperature:> 140 deg C
Solubility: 2540 g/L @ 20C
Specific Gravity/Density:3.55 (water=1)
Molecular Formula:NiCl2.6H2O
Molecular Weight:237.71

Section 10 - Stability and Reactivity

Chemical Stability: Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Conditions to Avoid: Incompatible materials, dust generation, excess heat.
Incompatibilities with Other Materials: Strong acids, peroxides, potassium.
Hazardous Decomposition Products: Hydrogen chloride, chlorine, nickel oxide, toxic and highly flammable nickel carbonyl, nickel.
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.

Section 11 - Toxicological Information

CAS# 7791-20-0: QR6480000      
CAS# 7718-54-9: QR6475000
CAS# 7791-20-0:
     Oral, rat: LD50 = 105 mg/kg;

CAS# 7718-54-9:
     Oral, mouse: LD50 = 369 mg/kg;
     Oral, rat: LD50 = 681 mg/kg;
     Oral, rat: LD50 = 105 mg/kg;

CAS# 7791-20-0:

CAS# 7718-54-9:
  • ACGIH: Not listed.
  • California: Not listed.
  • NTP: Not listed.
  • IARC: Group 1 carcinogen

Epidemiology: Epidemiological studies have shown an increased incidence of cancers among nickel refinery workers.An increased incidence of lung and nasal cavity cancers has been noted among women in nickel smelters and refineries.
Teratogenicity: No information available.
Reproductive Effects: No information available.
Mutagenicity: Cytogenetic Analysis: mouse mammary gland 800umol/L. Sister Chromatid Exchange: hamster fibroblast 32mg/L.
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: Do not empty into drains.

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

Hazard Class: 6.1 6.1
UN Number: UN3288 UN3288
Packing Group: III III

Section 15 - Regulatory Information


     CAS# 7791-20-0 is not on the TSCA Inventory because it is a hydrate. It is considered to be listed if the CAS number for the anhydrous form is on the inventory (40CFR720.3(u)(2)).
     CAS# 7718-54-9 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# 7718-54-9: 100 lb final RQ; 45.4 kg final RQ
SARA Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substances
     None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
SARA Codes
     CAS # 7791-20-0: immediate, delayed.
Section 313
     This material contains Nickel(II) chloride hexahydrate (listed as Nickel compounds), 96+%, (CAS# 7791-20-0) which is subject to the reporting requirements of Section 313 of SARA Title III and 40 CFR Part 373.
Clean Air Act:
     CAS# 7791-20-0 (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:
CAS# 7718-54-9 is listed as a Hazardous Substance under the CWA.
     None of the chemicals in this product are listed as Priority Pollutants under the CWA. CAS# 7791-20-0 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# 7791-20-0 can be found on the following state right to know lists: California, (listed as Nickel compounds), New Jersey, (listed as Nickel compounds), Pennsylvania, (listed as Nickel compounds), Minnesota, (listed as Nickel soluble compounds).
     CAS# 7718-54-9 can be found on the following state right to know lists: California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, 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(II) chloride hexahydrate, listed as `Nickel compounds', 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:
     T N
Risk Phrases:

     R 25 Toxic if swallowed.
     R 43 May cause sensitization by skin contact.
     R 45 May cause cancer.
     R 50/53 Very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term
     adverse effects in the aquatic environment.

Safety Phrases:

     S 24 Avoid contact with skin.
     S 29 Do not empty into drains.
     S 37 Wear suitable gloves.
     S 45 In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice
     immediately (show the label where possible).
     S 53 Avoid exposure - obtain special instructions before use.
     S 61 Avoid release to the environment. Refer to special instructions
     /safety data sheets.

WGK (Water Danger/Protection)

     CAS# 7791-20-0: No information available.
     CAS# 7718-54-9: 2
Canada - DSL/NDSL
     CAS# 7718-54-9 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
Canada - WHMIS
     This product has a WHMIS classification of D1B, 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# 7791-20-0 (listed as Nickel soluble compounds) is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.
     CAS# 7718-54-9 is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.

Section 16 - Additional Information

MSDS Creation Date: 12/12/1997
Revision #8 Date: 11/06/2007

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