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SELENIUM DIOXIDE ICSC: 0946
Date of Peer Review: October 2000

Selenious anhydride
Selenium oxide
CAS # 7446-08-4 SeO2
RTECS # VS8575000 Molecular mass: 110.96
UN # 3283
EC # 034-002-00-8
TYPES OF HAZARD / EXPOSURE ACUTE HAZARDS / SYMPTOMS PREVENTION FIRST AID / FIRE FIGHTING
FIRE Not combustible. Gives off irritating or toxic fumes (or gases) in a fire.

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


EXPOSURE
PREVENT DISPERSION OF DUST! STRICT HYGIENE!

Inhalation Burning sensation. Cough. Laboured breathing. Sore throat. Shortness of breath. Symptoms may be delayed (see Notes).
Local exhaust or breathing protection.
Fresh air, rest. Half-upright position. Artificial respiration may be needed. Refer for medical attention.
Skin Redness. Pain. Skin burns. Blisters.
Protective gloves. Protective clothing.
Remove contaminated clothes. Rinse skin with plenty of water or shower. Refer for medical attention.
Eyes Redness. Pain. Severe deep burns.
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 Abdominal pain. Burning sensation. Sore throat. Shock or collapse.
Do not eat, drink, or smoke during work. Wash hands before eating.
Rinse mouth. Do NOT induce vomiting. Refer for medical attention.
SPILLAGE DISPOSAL PACKAGING & LABELLING
Evacuate danger area! Consult an expert! Sweep spilled substance into containers. Carefully collect remainder, then remove to safe place. Personal protection: complete protective clothing including self-contained breathing apparatus. Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.
Do not transport with food and feedstuffs.
EU Classification
Symbol: T, N
R: 23/25-33-50/53
S: (1/2-)-20/21-28-45-60-61
Note: [A]
UN Classification
UN Hazard Class: 6.1
UN Pack Group: II
EMERGENCY RESPONSE SAFE STORAGE
Transport Emergency Card: TEC (R)-61S3283-II or 61GT5-II
Separated from food and feedstuffs. Dry.
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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SELENIUM DIOXIDE ICSC: 0946
IMPORTANT DATA
PHYSICAL STATE; APPEARANCE:
LUSTROUS WHITE HYGROSCOPIC CRYSTALS OR POWDER. ITS YELLOWISH GREEN VAPOUR HAS A PUNGENT SOUR SMELL.

CHEMICAL DANGERS:
The substance decomposes on heating producing toxic fumes. The solution in water is a medium strong acid (selenic acid). Attacks many metals in presence of water.

OCCUPATIONAL EXPOSURE LIMITS:
TLV: (as Se) 0.2 mg/m as TWA; (ACGIH 2004).
MAK: (Inhalable fraction) 0.05 mg/m Peak limitation category: II(4); Carcinogen category: 3B; Pregnancy risk group: C; (DFG 2004).
ROUTES OF EXPOSURE:
The substance can be absorbed into the body by inhalation of its aerosol and by ingestion.

INHALATION RISK:
Evaporation at 20C is negligible; a harmful concentration of airborne particles can, however, be reached quickly when dispersed.

EFFECTS OF SHORT-TERM EXPOSURE:
The substance is corrosive to the eyes, the skin and the respiratory tract. Inhalation of may cause lung oedema (see Notes). The substance may cause effects on the eyes, resulting in allergic-type reaction of the eyelids (rose eye). Medical observation is indicated.

EFFECTS OF LONG-TERM OR REPEATED EXPOSURE:
Repeated or prolonged contact may cause skin sensitization. The substance may have effects on the respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system and liver, resulting in nasal irritation, persistent garlic odour, stomach pain, nervousness and liver impairment.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
Sublimation point: 315C
Density: 3.95 g/cm (at 15C)
Solubility in water: 40 g/100 ml at 20C
Vapour pressure, kPa at 70C: 1.65
ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.
NOTES
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 section Occupational Exposure Limits.
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