Agent Name

Sodium borohydride

CAS Number

16940-66-2

Formula

B-H4.Na

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Borate(1-), tetrahydro-, sodium; Borohydrure de sodium [French]; Borol; Hidkitex DF; Sodium borohydrate; Sodium hydroborate; Sodium tetrahydridoborate(1-); Sodium tetrahydroborate; Sodium tetrahydroborate(1-); UN1426; [ChemIDplus]

Category

Metal Hydrides

Description

Gray to white crystals or powder; [HSDB]

Sources/Uses

Used as a reducing agent, a foaming agent, a bleaching agent (wood pulp), and a blowing agent (plastics); Used in the recycling of gold and platinum; [HSDB]

Comments

At lethal concentrations, animals have seizures; [ChemIDplus] Corrosive to skin, eyes, and respiratory tract; Inhalation can cause acute pulmonary edema; [CHEMINFO MSDS]

Exposure Assessment
Lethal Concentration

LC50 (rat) = 36 mg/m3

Adverse Effects
Toxic Pneumonitis

Yes

Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Dermatotoxin

Skin Burns

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