Colorless, mobile liq. Biting, irritant odor.
Military poison gas.
Registry Numbers and Inventories.
Organometallic; Human Data
Swiss Giftliste 1
Boiling point, °C
152.5 - 153
Vapor pressure, mmHg
Vapor density (air=1)
1.5537 (14.5 C)
Hazards and Protection.
Keep in a cool, dry, dark location in a tightly sealed container or cylinder. Keep away from incompatible materials, ignition sources and untrained individuals. Secure and label area. Protect containers/cylinders from physical damage.
All chemicals should be considered hazardous. Avoid direct physical contact. Use appropriate, approved safety equipment. Untrained individuals should not handle this chemical or its container. Handling should occur in a chemical fume hood.
Wear appropriate clothing to prevent any reasonable probability of skin contact. Wear eye protection to prevent any possibility of eye contact.
Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Keep material out of water sources and sewers. Build dikes to contain flow as necessary. Do not use water on material itself. Attempt to stop leak if without undue personnel hazard. Land spill: Dig a pit, pond, lagoon, holding area to contain liquid or solid material. Dike surface flow using soil, sand bags, foamed polyurethane, or foamed concrete. Water spill: Use natural barriers or oil spill control booms to limit spill travel. Remove trapped material with suction hoses.
Becomes yellowish under the action of light and air stability in storage - stable in steel from table.
Reacts rapidly and dangerously with oxygen and with other oxidizing agents, even weak ones Incompatible with acids, alcohols, amines, and aldehydes.
Extinguish fire using agent suitable for type of surrounding fire. (Material itself does not burn or burns with difficulty.) Do not use water on material itself. Use dry chemical or carbon dioxide. Apply water from as far a distance as possible. Keep run-off water out of sewers and water sources.
Containers may explode when heated. Runoff may pollute waterways.
Non-combustible, substance itself does not burn but may decompose upon heating to produce corrosive and/or toxic fumes.
OSHA PEL: 1910.1018 TWA 0.010 mg/m3 NIOSH REL: Ca C 0.002 mg/m3 15-minute See Appendix A NIOSH IDLH: Potential occupational carcinogen 5 mg/m3 (as As)
Abnormally low blood pressure and rapid heart rate are common early signs. Fever and rapid breathing may occur. Elevated blood pressure has been associated with chronic environmental arsenic exposure. Altered mental status, seizures, toxic delirium, encephalopathy, and delayed peripheral neuropathy are complications of acute arsenic poisoning. Inorganic arsenic crosses the placenta and may result in spontaneous abortion or stillbirth with either acute or chronic poisoning.
Acute toxicity results in early symptoms of abdominal pain, severe vomiting and diarrhea, as well as dryness of the oral and nasal cavities.
Respiratory tract irritation may occur. Cardiogenic or noncardiogenic pulmonary edema and respiratory failure may develop in severe poisonings.
Skin findings may include hyperpigmentation, keratoses, and epidermoid carcinomas. Mee's lines of the nails are common. Trivalent arsenic compounds are corrosive to the skin. Arsenic trioxide and pentoxide are sensitizers.
As(III) is corrosive to the eyes, mouth, and mucous membranes. Perforation of the nasal septum can occur.
Gastric decontamination - aggressive decontamination with gastric lavage is recommended. Activated charcoal: administer charcoal as a slurry (240 ml water/30 g charcoal). Usual dose: 25 to 100 g in adults/adolescents.
Move patient to fresh air. Monitor for respiratory distress. If cough or difficulty breathing develops, evaluate for respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis, or pneumonitis. Administer oxygen and assist ventilation as required. Treat bronchospasm with beta2 agonist and corticosteroid aerosols.
Remove contaminated clothing and wash exposed area thoroughly with soap and water. A physician should examine the area if irritation or pain persists.
Irrigate exposed eyes with copious amounts of tepid water for at least 15 minutes. If irritation, pain, swelling, lacrimation, or photophobia persist, the patient should be seen in a health care facility.
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