Agent Name

Germanium tetrahydride

Alternative Name

Germane

CAS Number

7782-65-2

Formula

Ge-H4

Major Category

Toxic Gases & Vapors

Synonyms

Germanium hydride; Germanium tetrahydride; Monogermane; Germane; [ChemIDplus] UN2192

Category

Hydrides

Description

Colorless gas with a pungent odor. [Note: Shipped as a compressed gas.]; [NIOSH]

Sources/Uses

Used in the production of semiconductors; [ACGIH]

Comments

Germanium tetrahydride appears to have the potential to cause hemolysis similar to that caused by arsine and stibine; [ACGIH] A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; May cause damage to red blood cells; [ICSC] See "Germanium."

Exposure Assessment
Skin Designation (ACGIH)

Insufficient data

TIH

Yes

TLV (ACGIH)

0.2 ppm

Lethal Concentration

LC50 (mouse) = 1,380 mg/m3

Flammability (NFPA)

4: Burns readily

Adverse Effects
Anemia

Anemia, Hemolytic

Neurotoxin

Sensorimotor Neuropathy

Hepatotoxin

Hepatotoxin, Secondary

Nephrotoxin

Yes

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