- Uranium fluoride oxide
- Uranium oxyfluoride
Pale yellow, rhombohedral, hygroscopic.
Registry Numbers and Inventories.
Melting point, °C
1793 - 1813
Solubility in water
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.
Chemical splash goggles in compliance with OSHA regulations are advised; however, OSHA regulations also permit other type safety glasses. Whre chemical resistant gloves. To prevent repeated or prolonged skin contact, wear impervious clothing and boots.
Escape; Respirator class(es): any air-purifying, full-facepiece respirator (gas mask) with a chin-style, front- or back-mounted acid gas canister having a high-efficiency particulate filter. Any appropriate escape-type, self-contained breathing apparatus.
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.
Strong oxidizing agents.
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.
OSHA: PEL (8 h TWA): 2.5 mg/m3.
Hyperactive reflexes, painful muscle spasms, weakness and tetanic contractures may be noted due to fluoride induced hypocalcemia. Prenatal fluoride supplementation (2.2 mg NaF or 1 mg fluoride daily) during the last two trimesters of pregnancy has been reported to be safe.
Epigastric pain, nausea, dysphagia, salivation, hematemesis, and diarrhea may be noted. These effects may be delayed for several hours following exposure. Gi symptoms are noted when 3 to 5 mg/kg of fluoride are ingested.
Respirations are first stimulated then depressed. Death is usually from respiratory paralysis. Following inhalation, coughing and choking may be noted.
Urticaria and pruritus have been reported following exposure to fluoride.
Administer milk, calcium gluconate, or calcium lactate to bind fluoride ion in the gastrointestinal tract. Antacids (aluminum and/or magnesium based) should be administered. Iv calcium (gluconate or chloride) and magnesium may be necessary to correct serum deficits of these divalent metals in serious overdosage. Monitor ekg and vital signs.
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.