- Thorium tetranitrate
A white crystalline mass. Mildly radioactive. Radioactive materials emit certain rays detectable only by instruments. No protective shielding for packages is required.
Thorium nitrate with 1% cerium nitrate constitutes the usual impregnating liq for incandescent mantles, as a reagent for determination of fluorine.
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Melting point, °C
Boiling point, °C
Solubility in water
10 g/L (0 C)
Hazards and Protection.
Protect against physical damage. Store in cool, dry place. Separate from combustible, organic or other readily oxidizable materials. Avoid storage on wood floors. Immediately remove and dispose of any spilled nitrate. Keep well closed.
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 protective gloves, clothing and goggles.
Wear positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).
Contact the local, state, or Department Of Energy Radiological Response Team. Keep sparks, flames, and other sources of ignition away. Keep material out of water sources and sewers.
May react explosively.
Contact the local, state, or Department Of Energy Radiological Response Team. Flood with water. Cool all affected containers with flooding quantities of water. Apply water from as far a distance as possible.
Oxidizing material. Increases the flammability of any combustible substance.
Yields toxic gaseous oxides of nitrogen when involved in fire When large quantities are involved in fire, nitrate may fuse or melt, in which condition application of water may result in extensive scattering of molten material.
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.
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.
Pulmonary radiation injury may result in radiation pneumonitis and radiation pulmonary fibrosis.
Thermonuclear burns may occur. If erythema is produced by a penetrating radiation, serious systemic injury is certain.
Medical problems take priority over radiological concerns. Use first aid treatment according to the nature of the injury. Do not delay care and transport of a seriously injured person.
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.
Wash thoroughly with soap and water.
Flush with water until solid is removed.
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