Agent Name

Silver cyanide

CAS Number

506-64-9

Formula

C-Ag-N

Major Category

Toxic Gases & Vapors

Synonyms

Cyanure d'argent [French]; Kyanid stribrny [Czech]; Silver cyanide (Ag(CN)); Silver(1+) cyanide; [ChemIDplus] UN1684

Category

Cyanides

Description

White or grayish odorless solid; Darkens upon exposure to light; Insoluble in water; [Merck Index] Insoluble in water; Releases hydrogen cyanide upon contact with dilute hydrochloric acid; [Sullivan, p. 707]

Sources/Uses

Used for silver plating; [Merck Index] Used in analytical chemistry; [Ullmann]

Comments

A skin irritant; A severe eye irritant; Exposed workers are at risk for cyanide poisoning; [HSDB] An irritant; [MSDSonline] See "CYANIDES."

Exposure Assessment
PEL (OSHA)

5 mg/m3, as CN

MAK

2 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as CN (0.01 mg/m3, inhalable fraction, as Ag)

IDLH (NIOSH)

25 mg/m3, as CN

Adverse Effects
Other Poison

Chemical Asphyxiant

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