- Methylselenium hydride
Colorless liquid. With a stench.
Registry Numbers and Inventories.
Boiling point, °C
24 - 26
Vapor density (air=1)
Heat of vaporization
Hazards and Protection.
Store in a tightly closed container. Keep under an argon blanket. Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from incompatible substances.
Wash thoroughly after handling. Wash hands before eating. Use with adequate ventilation. Avoid contact with eyes, skin, and clothing. Keep container tightly closed. Avoid ingestion and inhalation. Use and store under argon. Use only in a chemical fume hood. Wash clothing before reuse.
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 protective gloves to prevent skin exposure. Clothing: Wear appropriate protective clothing to prevent skin exposure.
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.
Absorb spill with inert material, (e.g., dry sand or earth), then place into a chemical waste container. Avoid runoff into storm sewers and ditches which lead to waterways. Clean up spills immediately, using the appropriate protective equipment. Provide ventilation.
Stable at room temperature in closed containers under normal storage and handling conditions.
Carbon monoxide, irritating and toxic fumes and gases, carbon dioxide, selenium/selenium oxides.
Wear a self-contained breathing apparatus in pressure-demand, MSHA/NIOSH (approved or equivalent), and full protective gear. Containers may explode when heated. Extinguishing media: Use agent most appropriate to extinguish fire. Cool containers with flooding quantities of water until well after fire is out. In case of fire use water spray, dry chemical, carbon dioxide, or appropriate foam.
Combustible material: may burn but does not ignite readily.
When heated, vapors may form explosive mixtures with air: indoors, outdoors, and sewers explosion hazards.
Fire may produce irritating, corrosive and/or toxic gases.
Chronic exposure to selenium may cause central nervous system effects, digestive tract disturbances, pallor, garlic breath, Chronic exposure to selenium may cause pallor, garlic breath, metallic taste, anemia, liver and spleen damage. Chronic selenium poisoning is characterized by loss of hair and nails, skin lesions, and abnormalities of the nervous system.
May cause irritation of the digestive tract. The toxicological properties of this substance have not been fully investigated. May cause alopecia (loss of hair). Effects may be delayed. May cause garlic smell on the breath and body.
Effects may be delayed. May cause respiratory tract irritation. The toxicological properties of this substance have not been fully investigated. Vapor harmful Vapors may cause dizziness or suffocation. May produce anemia, leucocytosis (increase in the white blood cell count) , cloudy swelling and fatty degeneration of the viscera.
Causes skin irritation and possible burns. Contact with the skin may cause the skin to appear to be blue and the nails brittle and yellow.
Causes eye irritation. May result in corneal injury.
Never give anything by mouth to an unconscious person. Get medical aid. Do NOT induce vomiting. If conscious and alert, rinse mouth and drink 2-4 cupfuls of milk or water. Wash mouth out with water.
Remove from exposure to fresh air immediately. If breathing is difficult, give oxygen. Get medical aid. DO NOT use mouth-to-mouth respiration. If breathing has ceased apply artificial respiration using oxygen and a suitable mechanical device such as a bag and a mask.
Get medical aid. Immediately flush skin with plenty of soap and water for at least 15 minutes while removing contaminated clothing and shoes. Wash clothing before reuse.
Immediately flush eyes with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes, occasionally lifting the upper and lower eyelids. Get medical aid.
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