- Lithium hydride, fused solid (UN 2805)
Odorless, off-white, translucent powder. Hygroscopic, pyrophoric.
Reducing agent, condensing agent with ketones & acetic esters, desiccant, in hydrogen generators.
Registry Numbers and Inventories.
highly flammable, corrosive
R 14/15 34
S 7/8 26 36/37/39 43 45
Swiss Giftliste 1
Japan ENCS (MITI)
Melting point, °C
Decomposition point, °C
Vapor pressure, mmHg
10 (720 C)
0.685 - 0.725 g/cm3
Solubility in water
Hazards and Protection.
Keep container closed when not in use. Keep away from water. Corrosives area. Store protected from light.
Wash thoroughly after handling. Remove contaminated clothing and wash before reuse. Keep container tightly closed. Do not get on skin or in eyes. Do not ingest or inhale. Use with adequate ventilation. Store protected from light. Discard contaminated shoes.
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 butyl rubber gloves, apron, and/or clothing. Wear appropriate protective gloves to prevent skin exposure. Clothing: Wear butyl rubber gloves, apron, and/or clothing. Wear appropriate protective clothing to minimize contact with 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. Wear a NIOSH/MSHA or European Standard EN 149 approved full-facepiece airline respirator in the positive pressure mode with emergency escape provisions.
Clean up spills immediately, using the appropriate protective equipment. Sweep up, then place into a suitable container for disposal. Avoid generating dusty conditions. Remove all sources of ignition. Use a spark-proof tool. Provide ventilation. Do not get water on spilled substances or inside containers.
Stable under normal temperatures and pressures.
Strong oxidizing agents.
Irritating and toxic fumes and gases, hydrogen gas, lithium hydroxide, hydrogen gas, lithium hydride.
Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. During a fire, irritating and highly toxic gases may be generated by thermal decomposition or combustion. Water Reactive. Material will react with water and may release a flammable and/or toxic gas. Use water spray to keep fire-exposed containers cool. Containers may explode in the heat of a fire. Extinguishing media: DO NOT USE WATER! Use only graphite powder, soda ash, powdered sodium chloride, or an appropriate metal-fire-extinguishing dry powder. Do NOT get water inside containers. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out. For large fires use dry sand, dry chemical, soda ash or lime or withdraw from area and let fire burn.
Lithium hydride is a flammable solid and is dangerous when wet. Spontaneous ignition occurs when nitrous oxide and lithium hydride or hydrazine are mixed.
Produce flammable gases on contact with water. May ignite on contact with water or moist air. Some react vigorously or explosively on contact with water. May be ignited by heat, sparks or flames. May re-ignite after fire is extinguished. Some are transported in highly flammable liquids. Runoff may create fire or explosion hazard.
Combustion may produce irritants and toxic gases.
TLV: ppm; 0.025 mg/m3 (as TWA) (ACGIH 1991-1992). OSHA PEL: TWA 0.025 mg/m3 NIOSH REL: TWA 0.025 mg/m3 NIOSH IDLH: 0.5 mg/m3
Seizures, coma, tremor, ataxia, and lethargy have been associated with lithium ion intoxication. Malformations and cardiac effects have been observed with lithium ion in therapeutic doses.
May cause severe and permanent damage to the digestive tract. Causes gastrointestinal tract burns.
Causes chemical burns to the respiratory tract.
Causes skin burns.
Causes eye burns.
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.
Get medical aid immediately. Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If not breathing, give artificial respiration. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. DO NOT use mouth-to-mouth respiration.
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 shoes.
Get medical aid immediately. Do NOT allow victim to rub or keep eyes closed. Extensive irrigation is required (at least 30 minutes).
USCG CHRIS Code
2850 00 20
Std. Transport #