Radium

Formula
Ra
Structure
Description
Brilliant white metal; body-centered cubic structure.
Uses
In physical research, in radiography of metals because the penetration of gamma rays is more pronounced than that of x-rays, as source of radon.

Registry Numbers and Inventories.
CAS
7440-14-4
EC (EINECS/ELINCS)
231-122-4
Merck
12,8277
Beilstein/Gmelin
40437 (G)
Canada DSL/NDSL
NDSL
US TSCA
Listed

Properties.
Formula
Ra
Formula mass
226.00
Melting point, °C
700
Boiling point, °C
1737
Density
6 g/cm3
Solubility in water
insoluble

Hazards and Protection.
Storage
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.
Handling
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.
Protection
Protective screens made from lead or concrete should be provided to reduce emissions of gamma-radiation. The thickness of the screen will depend on the level of radiation emitted. Remote manipulation devices should be employed wherever possible.
Respirators
Use NIOSH/MSHA approved respirator appropriate for exposure of concern.
Small spills/leaks
Evacuate area and ventilate. Wear protective equipment. If required, use an inert absrobent. Sweep up and place in an appropriate container for disposal. Wash contaminated surfaces.
Stability
Blackens on exposure to air; undergoes spontaneous disintegration with formation of radon.
Incompatibilities
Strong oxidizing agents.

Fire.
Fire fighting
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. Use agent most appropriate to extinguish fire.

Health.
Carcinogin
I-1
Exposure effects
Supralethal radiation doses may result in headache, acute brain syndrome, alterations in mental status including coma, and (rarely) seizures within minutes of exposure. Prenatal ionizing radiation exposure may cause congenital anomalies, mental retardation, and an increased incidence of seizures.
   Ingestion
Gastrointestinal syndrome (nausea/vomiting) commonly occurs after doses of 9 to 20 gy and may occur following doses as low as 5 gy. Initial vomiting is followed by persistent diarrhea, which may be bloody.
   Inhalation
Pulmonary radiation injury may result in radiation pneumonitis and radiation pulmonary fibrosis.
   Skin
Thermonuclear burns may occur. If erythema is produced by a penetrating radiation, serious systemic injury is certain.

First aid
 
   Ingestion
Seek medical attention. If individual is drowsy or unconscious, do not give anything by mouth; place individual on the left side with the head down. Contact a physician, medical facility, or poison control center for advice about whether to induce vomiting. If possible, do not leave individual unattended.
   Inhalation
Monitoring exposed patients for contamination and decontamination procedures should be started. All personnel involved in handling patients should wear disposable protective clothing. The patient should be completely undressed and given a soap and water bath or shower (if the patient's condition permits and if the facility exists). Acute inhalation of radionuclides presents some difficult problems.
   Skin
Remove contaminated clothing. Wash exposed area with soap and water. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention. Launder clothing before reuse.
   Eyes
If symptoms develop, immediately move individual away from exposure and into fresh air. Flush eyes gently with water for at least 15 minutes while holding eyelids apart; seek immediate medical attention.

Transport.