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BORON TRIFLUORIDE ICSC: 0231
Date of Peer Review: September 1993

Trifluoroborane
(cylinder)
CAS # 7637-07-2 BF3
RTECS # ED2275000 Molecular mass: 67.8
UN # 1008
EC # 005-001-00-X
TYPES OF HAZARD / EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible.

In case of fire in the surroundings: use appropriate extinguishing media.
EXPLOSION

In case of fire: cool cylinder by spraying with water but avoid contact of the substance with water.
EXPOSURE
STRICT HYGIENE!
IN ALL CASES CONSULT A DOCTOR!
Inhalation Corrosive. Burning sensation. Cough. Laboured breathing.
Ventilation, local exhaust, or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration may be needed. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Redness. Burning sensation. Pain. ON CONTACT WITH LIQUID: FROSTBITE.
Protective gloves. Cold-insulating gloves. Protective clothing.
First rinse with plenty of water, then remove contaminated clothes and rinse again. Refer for medical attention.
Eyes Redness. Pain. Blurred vision.
Face shield or eye protection in combination with breathing protection.
First rinse with plenty of water for several minutes (remove contact lenses if easily possible), then take to a doctor.
Ingestion
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work.

SPILLAGE DISPOSAL PACKAGING & LABELLING
Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Ventilation. NEVER direct water jet on liquid. Remove fumes with fine water spray. Personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus.
EU Classification
Symbol: T+, C
R: 14-26-35
S: (1/2-)-9-26-28-36/37/39-45
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 2.3
UN Subsidiary Risks: 8

EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-20G1TC
Fireproof if in building. Separated from alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, alkyl nitrates and lime. Cool.
IPCS
International
Programme on
Chemical Safety
Prepared in the context of cooperation between the International Programme on Chemical Safety and the Commission of the European Communities IPCS, CEC 2004

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BORON TRIFLUORIDE ICSC: 0231
IMPORTANT DATA
PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
COLOURLESS COMPRESSED GAS, WITH PUNGENT ODOUR. FORMS WHITE FUMES IN MOIST AIR.

PHYSICAL DANGERS:
The gas is heavier than air.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance will polymerize unsaturated compounds. The substance decomposes on contact with water and moisture producing toxic and corrosive fumes including hydrogen fluoride (see ICSC0283), fluoroboric acid and boric acid. Reacts violently with metals such as sodium, potassium and calcium, and with alkyl nitrates. Attacks many metals in presence of water.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: 1 ppm (Ceiling value); (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: IIb (not established but data is available) (DFG 2004).
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation.

INHALATION RISK:
A harmful concentration of this gas in the air will be reached very quickly on loss of containment.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
Corrosive. Lachrymation. The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of the gas may cause lung oedema (see Notes). Rapid evaporation of the liquid may cause frostbite.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
The substance may have effects on the kidneys.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Boiling point: -100C
Melting point: -127C
Solubility in water: reaction (see Notes)
Relative vapour density (air = 1): 2.4
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
This substance may be hazardous to the environment; special attention should be given to aquatic organisms.
NOTES
Boron trifluoride is soluble in cold water, 332 g/100 ml at 0C. The occupational exposure limit value should not be exceeded during any part of the working exposure. Depending on the degree of exposure, periodic medical examination is suggested. The symptoms of lung oedema often do not become manifest until a few hours have passed and they are aggravated by physical effort. Rest and medical observation are therefore essential. Immediate administration of an appropriate inhalation therapy by a doctor or a person authorized by him/her, should be considered.
Card has been partly updated in April 2005. See sections Occupational Exposure Limits, EU classification, Emergency Response.
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