**** SECTION 1 - CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION ****

MSDS Name: Chromium
Catalog Numbers:
    C318 500, C318-500, C318500
Synonyms:
    Chrome
Company Identification:  Fisher Scientific
                        1 Reagent Lane
                        Fairlawn, NJ  07410
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Emergency Number:       201-796-7100
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         **** SECTION 2 - COMPOSITION, INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS ****

+----------------+--------------------------------------+----------+-----------+
|      CAS#      |              Chemical Name           |    %     |  EINECS#  |
|----------------|--------------------------------------|----------|-----------|
|     7440-47-3  |Chromium                              |  100.0   | 231-157-5 |
+----------------+--------------------------------------+----------+-----------+
         Hazard Symbols: XN
         Risk Phrases: 40

                 **** SECTION 3 - HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION ****

                              EMERGENCY OVERVIEW
Possible risks of irreversible effects.

Potential Health Effects
    Eye:
         Causes eye irritation.  May cause conjunctivitis.
    Skin:
         Causes skin irritation. Prolonged and/or repeated contact may cause
         irritation and/or dermatitis. May cause skin sensitization, an
         allergic reaction, which becomes evident upon re-exposure to this
         material.
    Ingestion:
         May cause irritation of the digestive tract. May cause liver damage.
    Inhalation:
         Causes respiratory tract irritation. 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 asthma and
         shortness of breath. May cause headache, coughing, fever, weight
         loss, and pneumoconiosis.
    Chronic:
         Prolonged inhalation may cause respiratory tract inflammation and
         lung damage.

                   **** 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:
         Flush skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes
         while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Get medical aid if
         irritation develops or persists. Wash clothing before reuse.
    Ingestion:
         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.
    Inhalation:
         Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If not breathing,
         give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen.
         Get medical aid. Do NOT use mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
    Notes to Physician:

                 **** SECTION 5 - FIRE FIGHTING MEASURES ****

    General Information:
         Evacuate area and fight fire from a safe distance. As in any fire,
         wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand,
         MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. May
         burn with invisible flame. 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:
         Use dry sand or earth to smother fire. Use dry chemical to fight
         fire. Contact professional fire-fighters immediately.

               **** SECTION 6 - ACCIDENTAL RELEASE MEASURES ****

    General Information: Use proper personal protective equipment as indicated
                         in Section 8.
    Spills/Leaks:
         Clean up spills immediately, observing precautions in the Protective
         Equipment section. Sweep up or absorb material, then place into a
         suitable clean, dry, closed container for disposal. Avoid generating
         dusty conditions. Remove all sources of ignition. Isolate area and
         deny entry. Place under an inert atmosphere. Do not use combustible
         materials such as paper towels to clean up spill.

                  **** 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. Use spark-proof tools and explosion
         proof equipment. Avoid contact with skin and eyes. Keep container
         tightly closed. Avoid contact with heat, sparks and flame. Avoid
         ingestion and inhalation. Handle under an inert atmosphere.
    Storage:
         Keep away from heat, sparks, and flame. Store in a tightly closed
         container. Keep from contact with oxidizing materials. Store in a
         cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances.
         Keep away from acids. Keep containers tightly closed. Do not expose
         to air. Store under an inert atmosphere.

         **** 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.
    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 prevent skin
                      exposure.
         Respirators:
                      Follow the OSHA respirator regulations found in 29CFR
                      1910.134 or European Standard EN 149. Always use a
                      NIOSH or European Standard EN 149 approved respirator
                      when necessary.

            **** SECTION 9 - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES ****

Physical State:             Solid
Appearance:                 silver-gray
Odor:                       odorless
pH:                         Not available.
Vapor Pressure:             Not applicable.
Vapor Density:              Not available.
Evaporation Rate:           Not applicable.
Viscosity:                  Not applicable.
Boiling Point:              4784 deg F
Freezing/Melting Point:     3375 deg F
Autoignition Temperature:   752 deg F ( 400.00 deg C)
Flash Point:                Not applicable.
Explosion Limits, lower:    .0230oz/ft3
Explosion Limits, upper:    Not available.
Decomposition Temperature:  Not available.
Solubility:                 Insoluble in water.
Specific Gravity/Density:   7.2 @28C
Molecular Formula:          Cr
Molecular Weight:           51.996

                **** SECTION 10 - STABILITY AND REACTIVITY ****

    Chemical Stability:
         Stable under normal temperatures and pressures. Powder or liquid is
         pyrophoric.
    Conditions to Avoid:
         Incompatible materials, ignition sources, dust generation, exposure
         to air, acids, strong oxidants.
    Incompatibilities with Other Materials:
         Ammonium nitrate, hydrogen peroxide, lithium, nitric oxiode,
         potassium chlorate, sulfuri dioxide, strong oxidizers, hydrochloric
         acid, sulfuric acid, nitrogen oxide,
    Hazardous Decomposition Products:
         Toxic chromium oxide fumes.
    Hazardous Polymerization: Has not been reported.

               **** SECTION 11 - TOXICOLOGICAL INFORMATION ****

    RTECS#:
         CAS# 7440-47-3: GB4200000
    LD50/LC50:
         Not available.
    Carcinogenicity:
      Chromium -
              ACGIH: A4 - not classifiable as a human carcinogen
               IARC: Group 3 carcinogen
    Epidemiology:
         Certain hexavalent chromium compounds have been demonstrated to be
         carcinogenic on the basis of epidemiologic investigations on workers
         and experimental studies in animals. Increased incidences of
         respiratory cancer has been found in chromium (VI) workers. There is
         an increased incidence of lung cancer in industrial workers exposed
         to chromium (VI) compounds. Please refer to IARC volume 23 for a
         more detailed discussion.
    Teratogenicity:
         No information found.
    Reproductive Effects:
         No information found.
    Neurotoxicity:
         No information found.
    Mutagenicity:
         No information found.
    Other Studies:
         See actual entry in RTECS for complete information.

                 **** SECTION 12 - ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION ****



                **** SECTION 13 - DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS ****

Dispose of in a manner consistent with federal, state, and local regulations.

                 **** SECTION 14 - TRANSPORT INFORMATION ****

    US DOT
         No information available
    Canadian TDG
         No information available.

                 **** SECTION 15 - REGULATORY INFORMATION ****

US FEDERAL
    TSCA
         CAS# 7440-47-3 is listed on the TSCA inventory.
         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# 7440-47-3 is listed as a Priority Pollutant under the Clean
         Water Act.
         CAS# 7440-47-3 is listed as a Toxic Pollutant under the Clean Water
         Act.
    OSHA:
         None of the chemicals in this product are considered highly hazardous
         by OSHA.
STATE
    Chromium can be found on the following state right to know lists:
    California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota,
    Massachusetts.
    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: XN
         Risk Phrases:
                      R 40  Possible risks of irreversible effects.
         Safety Phrases:
  WGK (Water Danger/Protection)
         CAS# 7440-47-3: No information available.
  United Kingdom Occupational Exposure Limits
         CAS# 7440-47-3: OES-United Kingdom, TWA 0.5 mg/m3 TWA

  Canada
         CAS# 7440-47-3 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
         CAS# 7440-47-3 is listed on Canada's Ingredient Disclosure List.
  Exposure Limits
         CAS# 7440-47-3: OEL-ARAB Republic of Egypt:TWA 0.05 mg/m3
         OEL-AUSTRALIA:TWA 0.05 mg/m3
         OEL-BELGIUM:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-DENMARK:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-FINLAND:TWA 0.01 mg/m3
         OEL-FRANCE:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-JAPAN:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-THE NETHERLANDS:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-THE PHILIPPINES:TWA 1 mg/m3
         OEL-SWEDEN:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL-UNITED KINGDOM:TWA 0.5 mg/m3
         OEL IN BULGARIA, COLOMBIA, JORDAN, KOREA check ACGIH TLV
         OEL IN NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM check ACGI TLV

                 **** SECTION 16 - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ****

    MSDS Creation Date:  5/29/1998  Revision #8 Date:  4/27/2001

    The information above is believed to be accurate and represents the best
    information currently available to us. However, we make no warranty of
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    profits or any special, indirect, incidental, consequential or exemplary
    damages, howsoever arising, even if the company has been advised of
    the possibility of such damages.
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