Material Safety Data Sheet
MSDS Name: Mercury, 99.999%
Section 1 - Chemical Product and Company Identification
Colloidal mercury; Hydrargyrum; Metallic mercury; Quick silver;
Acros Organics N.V.
One Reagent Lane
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
For information in North America, call: 800-ACROS-01
For emergencies in the US, call CHEMTREC: 800-424-9300
Section 2 - Composition, Information on Ingredients
|| 99.999 ||231-106-7
Section 3 - Hazards Identification
Appearance: silver liquid.
Danger! Corrosive. Harmful if inhaled. May be
absorbed through intact skin. Causes eye and skin irritation and
possible burns. May cause severe respiratory tract irritation with
possible burns. May cause severe digestive tract irritation with
possible burns. May cause liver and kidney damage. May cause central
nervous system effects. This substance has caused adverse
reproductive and fetal effects in animals. Inhalation of fumes may
cause metal-fume fever. Possible sensitizer.
Target Organs: Blood, kidneys, central nervous
system, liver, brain.
Potential Health Effects
Exposure to mercury or mercury compounds can cause discoloration on
the front surface of the lens, which does not interfere with vision.
Causes eye irritation and possible burns. Contact with mercury or
mercury compounds can cause ulceration of the conjunctiva and
May be absorbed through the skin in harmful amounts. May cause skin
sensitization, an allergic reaction, which becomes evident upon
re-exposure to this material. Causes skin irritation and possible
burns. May cause skin rash (in milder cases), and cold and clammy
skin with cyanosis or pale color.
May cause severe and permanent damage to the digestive tract. May
cause perforation of the digestive tract. May cause effects similar
to those for inhalation exposure. May cause systemic effects.
Causes chemical burns to the respiratory tract. 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. May cause
central nervous system effects including vertigo, anxiety,
depression, muscle incoordination, and emotional instability.
Aspiration may lead to pulmonary edema. May cause systemic effects.
May cause respiratory sensitization.
May cause liver and kidney damage. May cause reproductive and fetal
effects. Effects may be delayed. Chronic exposure to mercury may
cause permanent central nervous system damage, fatigue, weight loss,
tremors, personality changes. Chronic ingestion may cause
accumulation of mercury in body tissues. Prolonged or repeated
exposure may cause inflammation of the mouth and gums, excessive
salivation, and loosening of the teeth.
Section 4 - First Aid Measures
Get medical aid immediately. Do NOT allow victim to rub eyes or keep
eyes closed. Extensive irrigation with water is required (at least 30
Get medical aid immediately. Immediately flush skin with plenty of
water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing
and shoes. Wash clothing before reuse. Destroy contaminated shoes.
Do not induce vomiting. 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. Wash mouth out with
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 breathing has ceased apply
artificial respiration using oxygen and a suitable mechanical device
such as a bag and a mask.
Notes to Physician:
The concentration of mercury in whole blood is a reasonable measure
of the body-burden of mercury and thus is used for monitoring
purposes. Treat symptomatically and supportively. Persons with
kidney disease, chronic respiratory disease, liver disease, or skin
disease may be at increased risk from exposure to this substance.
The use of d-Penicillamine as a chelating agent should be determined
by qualified medical personnel. The use of Dimercaprol or BAL
(British Anti-Lewisite) as a chelating agent should be determined by
qualified medical personnel.
Section 5 - Fire Fighting Measures
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
Substance is nonflammable; use agent most appropriate to extinguish
surrounding fire. Use water spray, dry chemical, carbon dioxide, or
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Autoignition Temperature: Not applicable.
Explosion Limits, Lower:Not available.
Upper: Not available.
(estimated) Health: 3; Flammability: 0; Instability: 0
Section 6 - Accidental Release Measures
General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated
in Section 8.
Absorb spill with inert material (e.g. vermiculite, sand or earth),
then place in suitable container. Avoid runoff into storm sewers and
ditches which lead to waterways. Clean up spills immediately,
observing precautions in the Protective Equipment section. Provide
Section 7 - Handling and Storage
Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and
wash before reuse. Minimize dust generation and accumulation. Keep
container tightly closed. Do not get on skin or in eyes. Do not
ingest or inhale. Use only in a chemical fume hood. Discard
contaminated shoes. Do not breathe vapor.
Keep container closed when not in use. Store in a tightly closed
container. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from
incompatible substances. Keep away from metals. Store protected from
Section 8 - Exposure Controls, Personal Protection
Facilities storing or utilizing this material should be equipped
with an eyewash facility and a safety shower. Use only under a
chemical fume hood.
||OSHA - Final PELs|
0.025 mg/m3 TWA; Skin - potential significant contribution to overall exposure by the cutaneous r oute
0.05 mg/m3 TWA (vapor) 10 mg/m3 IDLH
0.1 mg/m3 Ceiling
OSHA Vacated PELs:
0.05 mg/m3 TWA (vapor)
Personal Protective Equipment
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
Wear appropriate protective gloves to prevent skin
Wear appropriate protective clothing to prevent skin
A respiratory protection program that meets OSHA's 29
CFR 1910.134 and ANSI Z88.2 requirements or European
Standard EN 149 must be followed whenever workplace
conditions warrant respirator use.
Section 9 - Physical and Chemical Properties
Physical State: Liquid
pH: Not available.
Vapor Pressure: 0.002 mm Hg @ 25C
Vapor Density: 7.0
Evaporation Rate:Not available.
Viscosity: 15.5 mP @ 25 deg C
Boiling Point: 356.72 deg C
Freezing/Melting Point:-38.87 deg C
Decomposition Temperature:Not available.
Specific Gravity/Density:13.59 (water=1)
Section 10 - Stability and Reactivity
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Conditions to Avoid:
High temperatures, incompatible materials.
Incompatibilities with Other Materials:
Metals, aluminum, ammonia, chlorates, copper, copper alloys, ethylene
oxide, halogens, iron, nitrates, sulfur, sulfuric acid, oxygen,
acetylene, lithium, rubidium, sodium carbide, lead, nitromethane,
peroxyformic acid, calcium, chlorine dioxide, metal oxides, azides,
3-bromopropyne, alkynes + silver perchlorate, methylsilane + oxygen,
tetracarbonylnickel + oxygen, boron diiodophosphide.
Hazardous Decomposition Products:
Hazardous Polymerization: Will not occur.
Section 11 - Toxicological Information
Not listed by ACGIH, IARC, NTP, or CA Prop 65.
Intraperitoneal, rat: TDLo = 400 mg/kg/14D-I (Tumorigenic -
equivocal tumorigenic agent by RTECS criteria - tumors at
site of application).
Inhalation, rat: TCLo = 1 mg/m3/24H (female 1-20 day(s)
after conception) Effects on Embryo or Fetus - fetotoxicity
(except death, e.g., stunted fetus).
Inhalation, rat: TCLo = 890 ng/m3/24H (male 16 week(s)
pre-mating) Paternal Effects - spermatogenesis (incl.
genetic material, sperm morphology, motility, and count).;
Inhalation, rat: TCLo = 7440 ng/m3/24H (male 16 week(s)
pre-mating) Fertility - post-implantation mortality (e.g.
dead and/or resorbed implants per total number of
Cytogenetic Analysis: Unreported, man = 150 ug/m3.
The brain is the critical organ in humans for chronic vapor
exposure; in severe cases, spontaneous degeneration of the
brain cortex can occur as a late sequela to past exposure.
Section 12 - Ecological Information
Fish: Rainbow trout: LC50 = 0.16-0.90 mg/L; 96 Hr;
UnspecifiedFish: Bluegill/Sunfish: LC50 = 0.16-0.90 mg/L; 96 Hr;
UnspecifiedFish: Channel catfish: LC50 = 0.35 mg/L; 96 Hr;
UnspecifiedWater flea Daphnia: EC50 = 0.01 mg/L; 48 Hr;
In aquatic systems, mercury appears to bind to dissolved matter or
fine particulates, while the transport of mercury bound to dust
particles in the atmosphere or bed sediment particles in rivers and
lakes is generally less substantial. The conversion, in aquatic
environments, of inorganic mercury cmpd to methyl mercury implies
that recycling of mercury from sediment to water to air and back
could be a rapid process.
Mercury bioaccumulates and concentrates in food chain (concentration
may be as much as 10,000 times that of water). Bioconcentration
factors of 63,000 for freshwater fish and 10,000 for salt water fish
have been found. Much of the mercury deposited on land, appears to
revaporize within a day or two, at least in areas substantially
heated by sunlight.
All forms of mercury (Hg) (metal, vapor, inorganic, or organic) are
converted to methyl mercury. Inorganic forms are converted by
microbial action in the atmosphere to methyl mercury.
No information available.
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.
CAS# 7439-97-6: waste
Section 14 - Transport Information
||DOT regulated - small quantity provisions apply (see 49CFR173.4)
Section 15 - Regulatory Information
CAS# 7439-97-6 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.
CAS# 7439-97-6: Section 5
TSCA Significant New Use Rule
None of the chemicals in this material have a SNUR under TSCA.
CERCLA Hazardous Substances and corresponding RQs
CAS# 7439-97-6: 1 lb final RQ; 0.454 kg final RQ
SARA Section 302 Extremely Hazardous Substances
None of the chemicals in this product have a TPQ.
CAS # 7439-97-6: immediate, delayed.
This material contains Mercury
(CAS# 7439-97-6, 99.999%),which is subject to the reporting
requirements of Section 313 of SARA Title III and 40 CFR Part 373.
Clean Air Act:
CAS# 7439-97-6 (listed as Mercury compounds) is listed as a hazardous
air 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# 7439-97-6 is listed as a Priority Pollutant under the Clean
CAS# 7439-97-6 is listed as a Toxic Pollutant under the Clean Water
None of the chemicals in this product
are considered highly hazardous by OSHA.
CAS# 7439-97-6 can be found on the
following state right to know lists: California, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts.
California Prop 65
WARNING: This product contains Mercury, a chemical known to the state
of California to cause developmental reproductive toxicity.
California No Significant Risk Level:
None of the chemicals in this product are listed.
European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives
R 23 Toxic by inhalation.
R 33 Danger of cumulative effects.
S 45 In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek medical advice
immediately (show the label where possible).
S 7 Keep container tightly closed.
WGK (Water Danger/Protection)
CAS# 7439-97-6: 3
Canada - DSL/NDSL
CAS# 7439-97-6 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
Canada - WHMIS
This product has a WHMIS classification of D2A, E.
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# 7439-97-6 is listed on the Canadian Ingredient Disclosure List.
Section 16 - Additional Information
MSDS Creation Date: 6/15/1999
Revision #5 Date: 3/16/2007
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