**** SECTION 1 - CHEMICAL PRODUCT AND COMPANY IDENTIFICATION ****
MSDS Name: Mercury
S71968, M139 1LB, M139 5LB, M139-1LB, M139-5LB, M1391LB, M1395LB, M140 14LB
M140 1LB, M140 5LB, M140-14LB, M140-1LB, M140-5LB, M14014LB, M1401LB,
M1405LB, M141 1LB, M141 6LB, M141-1LB, M141-6LB, M1411LB, M1416LB,
NC9534278, S40672B, S41542, S41599, S41599B, S41599E, S41599G, S41599J,
S41599K, S41599M, S41600P, S41600S, S41600W, S41630A, S41630B, S41630C,
S41631, S41631A, S41631B, S41631C, S41645, S45245, S46981, S50443, S71966,
Colloidal mercury; Hydrargyrum; Metallic mercury; Quick silver;
Company Identification: Fisher Scientific
1 Reagent Lane
Fairlawn, NJ 07410
For information, call: 201-796-7100
Emergency Number: 201-796-7100
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**** SECTION 2 - COMPOSITION, INFORMATION ON INGREDIENTS ****
| CAS# | Chemical Name | % | EINECS# |
| 7439-97-6 |Mercury | ca.100 | 231-106-7 |
Hazard Symbols: T N
Risk Phrases: 23 33 50/53
**** SECTION 3 - HAZARDS IDENTIFICATION ****
Toxic by inhalation. Danger of cumulative effects. Very toxic to
aquatic organisms; may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic
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 or keep eyes
closed. Extensive irrigation with water is required (at least 30
Get medical aid immediately. Immediately flush skin with plenty of
soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated
clothing and shoes. Wash clothing before reuse. Destroy contaminated
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 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
**** 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.
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 a respirator's use.
**** SECTION 9 - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES ****
Physical State: Liquid
pH: Not available.
Vapor Pressure: 0.002 mm Hg @ 25C
Vapor Density: 0.468
Evaporation Rate: Not available.
Viscosity: 15.5 mP @ 25 de
Boiling Point: 356.72 deg C
Freezing/Melting Point: -38.87 deg C
Autoignition Temperature: Not applicable.
Flash Point: Not applicable.
Explosion Limits, lower: Not available.
Explosion Limits, upper: Not available.
Decomposition Temperature: Not available.
Specific Gravity/Density: 13.59 (water=1)
Molecular Formula: Hg
Molecular Weight: 200.59
**** 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 ****
CAS# 7439-97-6: OV4550000
ACGIH: A4 - not classifiable as a human carcinogen
IARC: Group 3 carcinogen
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
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.
Cytogenetic Analysis: Unreported, man = 150 ug/m3.
No information available.
**** 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; UnspecifiedIn 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
Harmful to aquatic life in very low concentrations.
**** SECTION 13 - DISPOSAL CONSIDERATIONS ****
Dispose of in a manner consistent with federal, state, and local regulations.
**** SECTION 14 - TRANSPORT INFORMATION ****
Shipping Name: RQ,MERCURY
Hazard Class: 8
UN Number: UN2809
Packing Group: III
No information available.
**** SECTION 15 - REGULATORY INFORMATION ****
CAS# 7439-97-6 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# 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
Mercury can be found on the following state right to know lists:
California, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Minnesota,
WARNING: This product contains Mercury, a chemical known to the state
of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.
California No Significant Risk Level:
None of the chemicals in this product are listed.
European Labeling in Accordance with EC Directives
Hazard Symbols: T N
R 23 Toxic by inhalation.
R 33 Danger of cumulative effects.
R 50/53 Very toxic to aquatic organisms; may cause
long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment.
S 1/2 Keep locked up and out of reach of children.
S 7 Keep container tightly closed.
S 45 In case of accident or if you feel unwell, seek
medical advice immediately (show the label where
S 60 This material and/or its container must be
disposed of as hazardous waste.
S 61 Avoid release to the environment. Refer to
special instructions/Safety data sheets.
WGK (Water Danger/Protection)
CAS# 7439-97-6: 3
United Kingdom Occupational Exposure Limits
CAS# 7439-97-6: OES-United Kingdom, TWA 0.025 mg/m3 TWA
CAS# 7439-97-6 is listed on Canada's DSL List.
CAS# 7439-97-6 is listed on Canada's Ingredient Disclosure List.
CAS# 7439-97-6: OEL-ARAB Republic of Egypt:TWA 0.05 mg/m3
OEL-AUSTRALIA:TWA 0.1 mg/m3;Skin
OEL-BELGIUM:TWA 0.1 mg/m3;Skin
OEL-FINLAND:TWA 0.05 mg/m3
OEL-FRANCE:TWA 0.05 mg/m3;Skin (vapor)
OEL-FRANCE:TWA 0.1 mg/m3;Skin
OEL-HUNGARY:TWA 0.02 mg/m3;STEL 0.04 mg/m3
OEL-POLAND:TWA 0.05 mg/m3
OEL-SWEDEN:TWA 0.05 mg/m3 (vapor)
OEL-SWITZERLAND:TWA 0.005 ppm (0.05 mg/m3);Skin (vapor)
OEL-SWITZERLAND:TWA 0.01 mg/m3;Skin
OEL-TURKEY:TWA 0.1 mg/m3;Skin
OEL IN BULGARIA, COLOMBIA, JORDAN, KOREA check ACGIH TLV
OEL IN NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM check ACGI TLV
OEL-AUSTRALIA:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3;Skin JANUARY 1993
OEL-BELGIUM:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3;Skin JANUARY 1993
OEL-CZECHOSLOVAKIA:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3;STEL 0.15 mg(Hg)/m3
OEL-DENMARK:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-FINLAND:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-FRANCE:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-GERMANY:TWA 0.01 ppm (0.1 mg(Hg)/m3) JANUARY 1993
OEL-HUNGARY:TWA 0.02 mg(Hg)/m3;STEL 0.04 mg(Hg)/m JANUARY 1993
OEL-JAPAN:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-THE NETHERLANDS:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3;STEL 0.15 mg(Hg)/m3
OEL-THE PHILIPPINES:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-POLAND:TWA 0.01 mg(Hg)/m3 JANUARY 1993
OEL-RUSSIA:TWA 0.05 mg(Hg
**** SECTION 16 - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ****
MSDS Creation Date: 6/15/1999 Revision #4 Date: 10/06/2000
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