Agent Name

Lithium fluoride

CAS Number

7789-24-4

Formula

F-Li

Major Category

Metals

Synonyms

Fluorolithium; Lithium fluoride (LiF); Lithium fluorure [French]; Lithium monofluoride; NTL 50; TLD 100; TLD 700; [ChemIDplus] UN3288

Category

Metals, Inorganic Compounds

Description

White solid; [Hawley] White odorless powder; [MSDSonline]

Sources/Uses

Used in optical systems for ultraviolet, visible, or infrared light; in X-ray spectroscopy; in welding rod coatings; as a flux for aluminum, glasses, enamels, and glazes; to make vitreous enamels and glazes; as a heat exchange medium; as a rocket fuel component; for radiation dosimetry; in fuel for molten salt reactors; in aluminum reduction cells; and for thermoluminescent detectors; [HSDB]

Comments

A strong skin and eye irritant; [Hawley] Most toxic of lithium salts; Highly irritating to skin and eyes; [HSDB] A skin and eye irritant; [eChemPortal: ERMA] An irritant; Can be absorbed through skin; [MSDSonline] See "FLUORIDES." See "Lithium."

Exposure Assessment
BEI

Fluorides in urine = 2 mg/L prior to shift or 3 mg/L at end of shift; (Repeated measurements recommended.)

TLV (ACGIH)

2.5 mg/m3, as F

PEL (OSHA)

2.5 mg/m3, as F

MAK

1 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as F (0.2 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as Li)

IDLH (NIOSH)

250 mg/m3, as F

Explanatory Notes

The Guide in the Emergency Response Guidebook is for "Toxic solid, inorganic, n.o.s."

Adverse Effects
Neurotoxin

Other CNS Neurotoxin

Nephrotoxin

Yes

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